Politics and Religion

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Hello sunshine,

One of the things I’ve been told ever since I was a child was that “you never talk about politics and religion at the dinner table.” This is something my mom has instilled in me since I was born. She was taught this by her uncle/father figure. To this day I don’t know if my mother is affiliated with a political party, and although we regular attend church, we do not talk about religion in-depth. Any time I hear people talking about religion or politics in person, I cringe, because I was always told these types of discussions only lead to hurt friendships and feelings.

You can imagine how I felt when I came to college. EVERYONE here talks about religion AND politics. Like, do they not understand that it is not advisable to talk about these things???

I feel like especially after this past election cycle, being a Republican and a Democrat, especially as a college student, is extremely frustrating and disheartening.

Here is an article about what it means to be a millennial Republican.

Here is an article about what it mean to be a millennial Democrat.

Be kind to one another.

If you do decide to talk about politics or religion, go into it with an open-mind, and learn to celebrate the differences of your peers, no matter what they are. Don’t let a friendship become ruined over simple words about complex ideas that we cannot fully grasp.

I am just writing this post to encourage people to always remember to celebrate each others’ differences and to not end a friendship (not matter what stage) over talk about politics and religion. I had to learn very quickly how to celebrate people who were different from me, especially since most of the people I went to grade school with were JUST like me – young, white, and country. Let’s get real, most of the people I went to school with were related in some form of kinship to me, so YEAH, everyone was just like me.

Catch ya on the flipside.