But abusive attacks ARE already not allowed. And personally the differance between a herp thread getting out of hand and a religion thread is that its a HERP thread. The mods aren't here to moderate discussions about religion or politics. They are interested in herps and that is why they offered to be mods in the first place.
It seems so simple to me. Keep religion off a reptile forum, keep politics off a herp forum. There is no reason to state you believe in jesus or not in a way thats related to herps. There is no way to say you dont like Bush in a manner that has ANYTHING to do with reptiles. On top of that the threads get out of hand and it turns ugly.
In any case this website runs a million times smoother than other reptile forums out there, and as long as the arguements are HERP related then things are going good IMHO.