Please go to your preferences page and make sure your "See Mature Topics" setting is set. Setting it to "Yes" means you see the Mature Topics forum (contains political and religious debates). Setting it to "No" means you do not see those threads.
...and mysteriously, it showed that I had two alerts on the front page. No big deal, but it's kind of funny going backwards to check the supposed second rep point, and it just led me to my first and only.