I think the N&CE are great forums and I would be seriously disappointed if they were removed from MDC.
There are a lot of topics there other than the ones that PPs find so disturbing- topics about social and political issues that matter and are relevant to mothers, parenting and families (I do happen to also think that the topics of the Israel/Gaza conflict as well the election threads are/were very relevant to mothers, parenting and families).
If they disturb you, you don't have to read them. There are some topics/tribes/threads that one could find offensive/disturbing/divisive but they remain here because they matter to different mothers and are relevant to them. We are a community, as one PP said, a community of very different people having so many different and valuable perspectives to offer- it would be a great shame and a disservice to everyone on MDC to start shutting down threads because some people don't agree with what is being said. This community would be losing out.
I find everyone in the News and Current Events forums pretty respectful and though I don't post a lot on there I've gained a lot of knowledge and insight from them and I think they do belong here on MDC.
I see the problem lying in that as one PP said, they are seeing other posters as "enemies" because they present different views. I don't think this sentiment is in the spirit of the MDC community. And I respectfully would like to say that if you feel that because others have different views and opinions they are enemies, that's your problem and that's something unfortunate that you should deal with and if that is the personal effect that visiting these forums has on you, then perhaps you shouldn't frequent them- but they shouldn't be shut down. I have the opposite reaction to these forums- even when someone presents an opposing perspective or opinion, I tend to see that person as a friend- someone like me, doing this same thing, reaching out on these forums, living a life in a family, as a mother or wife but with a whole different experience and perspective. It's a wonderful thing.Please don't shut down these forums, it would be a great shame.
These forums are something to be proud of- people with different perspectives, from different backgrounds reaching out and talking about their feelings, thoughts, experiences and lives.
It's a beautiful thing- words are the WAY to peace! I think if more people remembered that we wouldn't even have some of these issues to discuss.