On this question Was it harder for Syrian Christians to immigrate to the US than Muslims? , comments were as shown below:
While the question is on topic, it seems of little importance. – Sklivvz♦ 30 mins ago
Here's an example claim that contains more details. Note: it's an opinion piece, not factual news: The U.S. Bars Christian, Not Muslim, Refugees from Syria – Andrew Grimm 22 mins ago 1 up voted
@Sklivvz while the alleged situation is very likely to change, possibly making it moot, I'd say that such a claim will make any present or future policy directions that discriminate in the opposite direction seem more justifiable. I'd say that that makes it fairly important. – Andrew Grimm 19 mins ago
I was justifying my downvote, I don't think that an appeal to consequences change the usefulness of having a question. If this claim has consequences then it becomes important. Right now, it's just noise. – Sklivvz♦ 5 mins ago
Why are you OP flagging my comments which are about your post, not politics, as political? please don't abuse the flagging system to make a point. – Sklivvz♦ 1 min ago
I flagged Sklivvz's comments as political because it was my opinion that they were political. I was not trying to 'make a point' and am not clear what that point would even be. Choosing to flag comments rather than responding in kind does not seem like "abusing the flagging system" to me. I thought that was what the flagging system was for.
Why (in my opinion) this question is not "of little importance": To me, religious discrimination is an important human rights issue. Where it's about refugees - so potentially a question of life and death - even more so. Particularly to the refugees themselves. In the context of US politics the separation of church and state as a constitutional principle is also quite relevant (eg).
As a statement made by the President of the United States in the context of an executive order promising to discriminate on religious grounds against certain groups of refugees, this did seem important to me.
I appreciate that other people may have a different view and didn't want to turn the comment section into a debate on that, so I resisted the urge to post a comment saying so, and instead flagged the comments as we've been asked to do ("If you see comments that are not constructive in helping explain or solve the question, please continue to flag them").
Now I'm being attacked by a mod for "abusing the flagging system". Other mods, please could you politely ask Sklivvz to refrain from doing this please. I'm feeling unfairly singled-out by Sklivvz's heavy modding of and comments-criticism of a number of my recent posts, which seem political to me in that they dismiss on-topic claims as unimportant (as in this case).
I'd suggest that mods in future refrain from dealing with flags on their own posts, and leave them for a different mod to judge the merits of.