Recently there have been some topics throughout the news and internet of a political nature. These topics quickly found its way to BYC. The staff decided to allow the topic with the hope that the discussion would remain civil and members would be able to discuss it without contention or flaming & trolling. Unfortunately the threads started to receive a plethora of replies that were not appropriate and feelings were hurt then the reports came flying in. After numerous warnings and cleanups the BYC staff discussed it and decided it was just too heated to remain an open discussion. We strongly discourage topics that involve religion and politics. This is not because we feel these topics should not be discussed, we just know they shouldn't and can't be discussed here. This is based on over 60 combined years experience in working with this community and is re-validated every time a discussion like this comes up (and our report box is filled up). We encourage our members to learn about and become involved in the political process, but we've decided to take a very strong stand on the tone of discussions held here at BYC. Again, we regret that we have to remove and sometimes prohibit these discussions from happening on BYC, but have found that the cons of allowing them outweigh the pros.