This is a repost, but I think it applies more than ever: I attended a lecture by Dr. Benjamin Cline at Western New Mexico University: How to Talk About Religion and Politics Without Being a Jerk. The world would be a better place if we all tried.
Cline discussed why our passions run so high on these topics: religion and politics are at the core of what makes life worth living for each of us. They underlie much of what we do. Our ideology is tied to the meaning of life as we each see it. It’s our basis for deciding what’s valuable and what sources of information to trust. Cline asks us to forget the old etiquette advice to avoid these subjects. We need to talk about them, and to succeed we need to stop being jerks. Continue reading