A few weeks ago I was eating pizza with a good friend and our conversation turned to politics. He was talking about some of the problems facing this country when a man at a nearby table turned to us and said "If you don't like this country, get the "F" out" Then he said it a second time. I was tempted to say something right back but refrained myself because I didn't want to do anything brash.
I do not agree with a lot of my friend's politics, but if anyone has actually been listening to what he was saying, he was not showing any indication of being unpatriotic. Obviously this man had picked up on what he perceived as being negative and that's all he heard.
I do realize that my friend was being a bit loud at the time (forgetting the topic). I actually was about to mention it to him- the man beat me to the punch!
Generally I do not want to disturb people nearby when eating out by talking too loudly or having overtly inappropriate conversations. However, assuming the volume had been at a reasonable level, should we have to censor our political beliefs when dining out? I think it's wrong and obnoxious to try and convert other diners (especially strangers!) to our personal beliefs (political, religious or anything else), but one of my great pleasures is being able to converse freely about politics or anything else over a good meal. Feeling the need to censor myself would kill my enjoyment.
What is your take on this?