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Carrie Wigal

Why Not Discuss Religion & Politics?

There are two things I’ve heard you should never discuss in public: Religion and Politics. But rather we should stick to subjects like the Weather instead. But why is that? Why are these two subjects so taboo?

They are “off limits” because they are too controversial & polarizing, I suppose. Most people just want to “get along” with one another and the only way to really do that is to not rock the boat. The Weather is a safe subject…it’s common ground…it is what it is, regardless of anyone’s perspective, most people can accept one another’s opinions without it shattering their world view.

But life is too short, if you ask me. These topics are two of the most pivotal subjects in our livelihood. And if people can remain respectful of one another’s opinions as they do about the weather, and can engage in intelligent conversation, then why not discuss religion & politics?

I am not a combative person, believe me. I like the idea of people getting along with one another, but I also believe in being real with one another as well as oneself. If you can’t be real, then why be?

I’m a real person…I have feelings & fears, dreams & desires, flaws & imperfections, thoughts & opinions, and I am not opposed to sharing them. That is why I started this blog…to discuss all that matters to me.

So, what is my agenda? To share my point of view and create an open & honest discussion about matters such as these. I invite you to get to know the real me…discover what makes me tick and by all means engage in conversation with me!

Let me know the real you and help me learn what drives you internally… Don’t worry, I won’t bite. All those who know me already can attest to the fact that I’m a nice person. I truly desire to be understanding of those around me and the only way to do that is to seek knowledge. Knowledge about the things that matter most in life…and frankly the weather just isn’t one of those things.

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7 Responses to “Why Not Discuss Religion & Politics?”

  1. Comment from Shaun Kenney:

    Great post.

  2. Comment from Carrie Wigal:

    Thanks Shaun. My husband claims I stole this idea from him. (We just so happen to discuss these two particular subjects quite often and at great length.)

  3. Comment from Pavitra:

    You’re probably able to discuss these topics because you’re actually sane about it. My husband and I are much like you and your hubby, we can discuss our differing faiths and views without killing each other (and when you have a child, it’s even MORE important than ever to develop that skill, IMHO). But we have other relatives who just aren’t capable of that to the point where we’re at our wits’ end and I’ve had to set the “no religion, no politics” rule with them. Sometimes self-preservation has to come first :-)

  4. Comment from Missourimule:

    But, Carrie – this isn’t “discussing politics” — this is anonymously typing on the computer keyboard, expressing opinions to someone we’ll never see, and can’t possibly be concerned as to whether we offend, or not. I, on the other hand, am currently in the process of weeding out some Facebook “friends” who are determined to turn my page into a political site, when I “just want to be friends”. There are a thousand (probably thousands) of political blogs out there where people “discuss” politics . . . . but politics has become a hateful subject, and if I like Mitt Romney and you like Barack Obama, then, unfortunately, that seems to preclude “friendship”.

  5. Comment from Carrie Wigal:

    Missourimule, you are the one who remains anonymous. I’ve made it clear who I am…the name of the blog is my name and that’s my picture at the top of the page.

    I’m not really sure how you stumbled upon this page, but I don’t believe we’ve ever met. I haven’t shared anything of a political nature in quite a while. (This post here was made in 2007.)

    I can understand your frustration, though. I get pretty annoyed with all the political postings on my Facebook, too.

    I hope you have a better day than you seem to be having thus far.

  6. Comment from Missourimule:

    Sorry to have offended you as I apparently did, Carrie — I do post anonymously, simply because there are a lot of really crazy people out there — I regularly post on another large, nationally known news site (and public forum) where personal threats of bodily harm aren’t completely out of the norm.

    The internet has both aided public discourse, and destroyed it, because it has made it much meaner, and in doing so, has made society much meaner. I’ve spent my years on that site trying to tone down the rhetoric, trying to encourage folks to “e-visit” with each other as they would if they were face-to-face . . . . for the most part, to no avail.

    By the way, as to how I stumbled across your page, I simply Googled “religion and politics”, in a search for an appropriate quote to use in trying to humorously encourage my FB friends to lay off the politics . . . and, voila(!) There you were.

  7. Comment from Carrie Wigal:

    Oh, I wasn’t offended. I was just surprised by the comment and not really sure what sparked it. Thanks for the explanation. ;)

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