First off, I must admit that I am fairly uninvolved politically and would probably be considered a moderate by most people I know. I should also point out that I am an atheist with a slight interest and respect for all religion even if I don’t believe any of it myself.
When I meet new people I often find myself discussing the weather and this often leads to topics of other current events. Most of the time, these events are connected to either politics, or religion, or both. These two things seem connected to everything most of the time. In light of this, I don’t see how anyone can really avoid the subjects.
When it comes to discussing politics or religion, especially with someone you don’t know very well, respect would have to be the most important factor. Not everyone shares the same opinion on things. We must all remember that having a difference of opinion, or worshipping in a different way, does not always make someone a bad person.
For example, my boyfriend is a staunch conservative and my best friend couldn’t be more of a liberal. They get along well enough. They can socialize and talk without things getting heated. They don’t insult or ridicule one another for their differing political views. I think they may actually enjoy their healthy debates concerning Obamacare and gun regulations. I can hear the respectful nature of their conversations.
On the other side, I find myself enjoying a good talk with someone that believes in God, or Vishnu, or Buddha. Religion to me is a look at someone’s history and lifestyle. I am fascinated by the reasons why people believe these things. That is why I am able to talk about religion. Again, it’s about respect. With religion though, it’s more about not taking it personally. Just because someone doesn’t believe in your god, doesn’t mean they are trying to insult you for it.
Most of all, I believe in morals and good values, regardless of someone’s religion or political views. To me, it’s about the kind of person you are and how you live your life.
If you can remember to have respect, and not take things so personally, you should be able to discuss anything with anyone.