Pat, I hope you do start your thread entitled "Cuba is Not the Place for Christians." Then we can all discuss the factual information and our various views about that subject! The purpose of a forum is DISCUSSION, and this one allows all topics having to do with travel. Whether or not one chooses to go to Russia right now is definitely related to the subject of travel.
We do not all have to agree with each other on each subject, as long as we are civil to one another and present our various views without lowering ourselves to name calling or meanness. I think I made it plain to the original poster that I did not agree with him, in a respectful way, and he, in turn, answered in a very civil manner. We can exchange ideas with each other, and each of us can make up his or her own mind about where we stand on various issues.
True, much of the talk here is about travel hints: what to bring, how to dress, problem solving, transportation, animal sightings, itineraries, money, weather, etc. Those topics are useful and necessary, and I love having those resources when I am taking a particular trip, as well as helping others when they have a question about a country I have already been to. But some of the forum's more serious topics have been the genesis of some interesting conversations around our house, and I don't mind having more serious subjects brought up at all. Those who don't want to read those posts can easily skip them; just go on to the next post.