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Religion and Politics threads. Why are they so long?

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1. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Despite the fact that many TP members say that these topics should not be discussed here, the religion and politics threads regularly turn out to be some of the longest threads, and the longest lasting conversations.
This leads me to believe, that TP members who claim that we should not talk about religion and politics are "protesting too much", by the Shakesphere definition of protesting too much.

Please give your thoughts on the above.
Do u personally think that discussing religion and/or politics should be allowed on TP or not?

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 13, 2007, at 8:54 AM by Mel. ]

2. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 9y

I've posted in some of the aforementioned threads, so it obviously doesn't bother me. They should definitely stay in the Off Topic Category, but otherwise I think it's good to have an international dialogue on such things. Perhaps these threads should have either Politics or Religion listed in the thread title so that those who aren't interested know to stay away?

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 13, 2007, at 9:15 AM by Wonkerer ]

3. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 9y

This seems to be the case on many forums across the interweb... I see it as a reaction to not talking about it enough (or at all) in our own communities. There is less and less open-hearted dialogue amongst neighbours so perhaps we look for new ways to discuss and express?

I know in my family politics and religion is hardly discussed at all. So when the topic comes up here I like to join in and see what others think and have to say.

4. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

I am not against discussing religion or politics, however I am against discussing if we should discuss religion or politics. ;)

5. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

Being the volatile issues that they are - people tend to want to stress their point, convince others their point is the right one, defend their point or keep their point from being misconstrued. If one looks at the political threads (though I think we can forgo the PKK one) most come around to including US politics and that's always good for adding pages to a thread. In religious threads, Islam surfaces at some point and it's off to the races again. Politics and religion are always good fodder for discussion. It's hard to keep discussions about the Guinness brewery or the weather alive as they aren't contraversial.

6. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 9y

If everyone either:

A) Do what I say
B) Think like me

The world would be a better place, that's all I'm trying to do.

7. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

Quoting Brendan

If everyone either:

A) Do what I say
B) Think like me

The world would be a better place, that's all I'm trying to do.

Ah, the Canuckistani Anarchist changes horses in mid-stream!
Okay - I'll think about it if it doesn't require eating lentils, tofu or drinking soy milk... ;)

8. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 9y

Ha! I'm still a Canukistani Anarchist, I just have the 'right' ideas
Okay, no soy milk or tofu... but lentils will be the new staple so you would learn to love them.

9. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting Isadora

Being the volatile issues that they are - people tend to want to stress their point, convince others their point is the right one, defend their point or keep their point from being misconstrued. If one looks at the political threads (though I think we can forgo the PKK one) most come around to including US politics and that's always good for adding pages to a thread. In religious threads, Islam surfaces at some point and it's off to the races again. Politics and religion are always good fodder for discussion. It's hard to keep discussions about the Guinness brewery or the weather alive as they aren't contraversial.

Yeah, i remember wondering how that PKK thread managed to remain so civil, when other threads on politics practically end in war.
Some of us on that thread completely disagreed with each other.
Others partly disagreed with each other.
Even so we did not even need to get one warning to behave ourselves. Any misbehaving was short lived. We managed to put a stop to it oursleves. I got exactly what I wanted out of a political thread. A suggestion about something to read more about, and then people from different backrounds, to discuss it with. I learned a lot. :)

10. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 9y

How can one pontificate, prognosticate, nay, even precipitate in a 1 -2 line post?