Politics and religion are topics that are often avoided in a public setting. These subjects usually require willing partners, open minds and calm demeanors. When you are at a family dinner or function, you do not have the control required to ensure people will not be offended. Family gatherings usually offer a mixed bag of political views, which often differ based on age, geography, employment, gender and personal experience. There are some guidelines to follow in order to prevent or redirect political discussions with your relatives. Some of these guidelines can keep you from awkward situations at work or at parties. Learn how to avoid politics with stubborn relatives. .