This might go to Hell fast, so I'll say this. PLEASE leave all political discourse out of the thread or Cogito or another mod will come in and justifiably lock it. With that said, I have a question: Suppose you ever had an idea for a story that sounded really cool, but considering the political strife, you backed down because you thought you smelled disaster if you tried? For example, I'm toying with an idea of an archeologist/adventurer who's a Muslim by the name of Omar Baitey who teaches in a university in Virginia. It sounds cool and I can already see him using his brains to get out of sticky situations. I feel thrilled when I see him exploring Russia in search of the missing Tsar's Amber, or creating make-shift tools out of everyday things. He's basically a cross of Indiana Jones and McGyver. I don't think I need to explain the rest. But basically, have you ever stepped away from a plot because you thought it was too controversial to touch it?