Anyhow, I'm all for this idea of a politics/religion section. But why not have a couple of moderators. Say, 1 conservative and 1 liberal? Or even 2 of each?
I nominate myself and Dressel on the conservative side.
To the statement that "nothing good ever came of the W&P thread" - I say that the intellectual exchange on difficult and divisive topics is in and of itself a positive outcome. I find few other things as mentally stimulating. Most people probably view it as bickering, but you don't know the creativity necessary to generate the arguments and responses.