I just could not allow this entire thread to remain. There were far too many undercurrents, far too many emotions in a place where they could cause a lot of harm.
You know how they say that politics and religion should never be discussed? Well, we came rather too close to this here. One of my jobs as moderator is to keep everyone to the subject at hand and to ward off trouble when I see it brewing.
I tried to clear the view, to bring it back to the fact that we're looking at photos here, but a terribly sensitive area in the lives of many of us was touched. It wouldn't have mattered what I said or what I did. And so I've done the only thing I could do, the one thing I hate doing: I've deleted the whole sorry mess.
I simply ran out of all other options.