So that one may know what incites them to attack?the_alias wrote:What benefit do you think there is in discussing the religious convictions of terrorists in relation to preparing for a terrorist attack?
It doesn't require deep discussion, just enough to understand what is likely to draw their attention and make someone/something a target.
From what I've seen in the overwhelming majority of such threads that have ended up locked, the problem isn't the initial mention/description of whatever particular belief motivates the terrorist; it's that inevitably someone tries to shift part of the blame onto the victims of the terrorist attacks by stating that, "Doing stuff that the bad guys don't like angers them and inspires them to terrorist acts....if you just don't do that you shouldn't have any problems".
Then an argument ensures, as some point out that whatever may be "setting off" the terrorists isn't unlawful and that the victims had every right to be doing what they were doing and then an opposing group takes up the argument that the victims were provoking things.
Don't mistake me on this- I think it's piss poor wisdom for a cute 20 year old female wearing a skimpy mini-dress to get completely drunk and walk down a dark alley at Mardi Gras* as the risks of something horrid happening are huge, but I refuse to accept the argument that she shouldn't be allowed to do that and that the fault lies with her if something happens. It doesn't. She may have made very unwise choices but that wouldn't justify or excuse the actions of any cretin that might accost her.
That's where the problems come up in the discussions. Far too often the individual slammed for bringing up politics or religion isn't trying to make either of those subject the topic of discussion...they're simply pointing out that a group or an individual's religious or political beliefs do not excuse or justify terrorism. Then someone tries to shift blame to the victims and the thread goes into a death spiral.
The rules don't forbid the mention of religion or politics, they forbid the discussion of them or expressing hatred of them.
* no insult intended towards the residents of NOLA. Mardi Gras is just a great example of one giant wild party...