People don't seem to mind jokes about lemmings. This thread is simply stating that these people died as a consequence of their over-enthusiastic pilgrimage. The opinion that they deserved to die because of this would be distasteful but this isn't explicitly stated and nonetheless would be a valid opinion. It's not racist or anti-religious as it simply says that these people for whatever reason crowded into a confined space and accidentally killed each other.
Would people sympathize with someone cleaning the barrel of a loaded shotgun and subsequently blowing their own head off? Someone still died and yet a natural reaction is that it was a stupid thing to do and the consequences reflect that.
If people are so passionate about a subject matter be it religion, football, music or whatever and essentially kill themselves or others close to them including innocent children because of this then it's not that they deserve to be killed but when things do go horribly wrong, they have no-one else to blame but themselves.
In this case, the stampede was not in the name of religious fervor but a panicked crowd running away from a collapsed structure. So for whatever reason the crowd gathered, the reason they caused a stampede could have happened to anyone. The point about there being an overwhelming crowd there due to religious motivation however still stands.
Basically, the tragedy could have been avoided had these people not been so caught up with their beliefs that they packed their friends and family into a very dangerous situation. It has also happened before:
"In 2005 about 265 pilgrims were killed in a stampede near a temple in the western state of Maharashtra."http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worl...du-temple.html
One thing that I find odd is:
"One witness, who gave his name as Santa"
If he can deliver all those presents in one night, surely he could have done something rather than just watch.
If I have to be perfectly honest, I've actually found the reactionary posts to the thread more offensive than the thread itself - personal insults and bad language together. Perhaps that's in an attempt to lock the thread but it doesn't really achieve it in the way you'd like. I would suggest if it does offend you, let the subject rest and it will go the way of the dodo all by itself.