Religion, Politics, and Football

“There are two things you should never discuss with other people ~ religion and politics ~ remember that,” said my dad as we sat around the table one evening after dinner.

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Over the years this phrase always comes to mind when I am in the company of people who don’t share my religious or political views.

In today’s digitally driven world, we declare our views and state, “My blog, my social media page – if you don’t like it, you know where the unfriend button is.”  Being passionate about your beliefs and knowing where you stand is as American as baseball, Uncle Sam or apple pie.

People will get set off by something on CNN, MSNBC, CNBC or Fox News and post their opinion.  Before you know it, there is a huge fight.  Some folks respond to the post typing thoughts they might never actually say if the discussion was face to face.  Shutting out those who disagree with us even slightly  ~ is hard to watch/read.

Acting like adults and having mature conversations about religion and politics is plausible.  We attended a dinner party recently and these uncomfortable topics were brought up for discussion.  The bantering lead to great conversation, but only because everyone followed the one cardinal rule: respect other people’s opinions. These topics are just not worth losing friends/family over.  The conversation gradually changed and we began to talk about the things that bring us together ~ our children, grandchildren, and the memories of our cherished friendships.  I wish more Americans could act this way.

Regardless of what political party we support we are all Americans.

I read an article that inspired this post the other day and I enjoyed the way it ended so I am going to borrow it.

“People are really going to be fussing and fighting and slinging mud in the coming months,” said the gentleman. 

“With the midterms?” she asked. 

“No,” he replied.  “College football.” 

And that should be what we really argue about.”– Sudie Crouch

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24 thoughts on “Religion, Politics, and Football

  1. Go don’t discuss politics or religion for precisely what you said….most people don’t respect one another’s opinion. Most people want to get you to agree with them. They’re the only topics I see people get crazy about

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  2. I avoid those discussions. Once at a dinner party (for my birthday) at a restaurant, the discussion got too lively. I stood up and said, “It’s my birthday. We will not discuss politics or I will leave.” There were 8 people with their mouths hanging open but no a mention of politics for the rest of the evening. I am not opposed to a lively debate but they seem to end up in name calling and bad will. I tread lightly on football too. This is a big Penn State area.

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  3. My Ma would add one more to her admonition to us kids: …’and (pause) the Civil War with Southerners.’

    I hope you take that in the good manner in which it was added to your comment section – I noticed your connection with a Southern State and thought I’d take a chance.

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  4. I like to think it wasn’t so bad a few decades ago – political discussions, that is. BUT, when I was a teenager I began to get my own views on “LIFE” and topics that I didn’t realize had become politicized in the country (ie, abortion, women’s rights, civil rights). I was young and thought the answers were pretty obvious (people should be free to choose, all people are equal, etc.) But at the dinner table, my dad (a staunch conservative) disagreed with all of my views and was horrified that his daughter didn’t agree with his views. I spent a lot of dinners alone, up in my bedroom. Ever since then, I’ve avoided political discussions when out with friends or family. Some know how to be civil and listen, but many others believe that only their view is correct, end of discussion. Sad.

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  5. Certain commentaries I may write are relegated to the bin marked “Not for Publication”
    I would love to publish them — but I fear the certain retribution that would flow from the groups I may criticize.
    I have been counseled that I should — nay, MUST have the backbone to stand up and express my views.
    “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!” But that lofty historical arrogance was backed by superior force.
    When one is alone, making scarring observations directed to an enemy of greater strength is a rash indiscretion.
    Therefore does my collection grow — and the voices of my indignation remain silent.

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