Understand The Passion Over Beliefs, But High Blood Pressure & Ruined Health May Not Be Worth ItPeople get really really worked up over both of those topics. I believe people are getting their blood pressure up and bringing on stress-induced health problems if they engage in it too much.
My own husband can get himself worked up over politics. So much so that I turn the channel if controversal topics are on TV. If he insists on watching it or getting his blood pressure up, I will go elsewhere and get away from the negative vibes.
The vast majority of the time I can watch or listen to something on those topics without getting emotional or too worked up. That wasn't always the case. But as I've gotten older my philosophy is if the topic is something I will not be worrying about or getting worked up about if I'm on my death bed, I'm going to try to avoid getting worked up about those things now.
This is what I say to my husband and sons when they are getting themselves worked up: "Do you have to be on your death bed to realize what is really important in this life? I don't think you will be on your death bed wishing you'd spent more time debating, arguing or getting worked up over politics or religion"