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“Whatever you do, don’t bring up politics or religion.”

At some point, we’ve all received this pearl of cocktail party small-talk wisdom.  And generally speaking, it’s a pretty smart way to avoid starting a conversation with your foot in your mouth.

But what happens when the party is being put on by The Institute on Religion and Public Policy?   Do weather, sports and pop culture become the taboo topics?  This Wednesday you can find out for yourself.

The Institute, which advocates on behalf of freedom of religion around the world, is putting on “Spirits of the World,” a cocktail party blending hard alcohol and soft diplomacy, at the Embassy of Ethiopia from 7 to 10 PM on the 10th.

Details on this public event, including participating countries and how to respond, after the jump. (more…)