I think it’s pleasant–yes, pleasant!–to have a chance to discuss the World News (mainly U.S. news because of the large numbers of Americans on CAF) with fellow Christians.
It’s impossible to discuss any news at work, because these discussions are discouraged because they almost always create a hostile work environment and make people feel resentment towards their co-workers. This is not conducive to a productive work environment.
It’'s difficult to discuss any news with church people because church is not a place where people want conflict of any kind, but especially political. There is a division in the Catholic Church between political liberals and the political conservatives, and any discussion quickly turns into a shouting match–definitely not appropriate for a church.
It’s really impossible to discuss any news in social settings, especially before or after various arts events (e.g., concert)–that’s not why people attend these events.
Or with neighbors–the last thing we need is a neighborhood feud!
It’s possible to discuss news with family, but our family is scattered, and the times we get together are mainly holidays and funerals.
At least on CAF, we can talk and get all kinds of opinions from a wide spectrum of people, most of whom are committed Christians. I don’t agree with at least half the regulars in the World Forum, and I’m sure they don’t agree with me, either! But having a chance to hear their point of view helps me to examine my own opinions more carefully and evaluate whether I’m off by a mile, or in the ballpark.
Many of the CAF people post links to various articles from publications that I don’t regularly read, and this enhances my understanding of many of the news events. I like this.
Like I said, I enjoy discussing controversial topics with Christians, and CAF World New section gives me the opportunity to do this. It’s simply isn’t possible these days in the world outside of the CAF!