Religion and Politics has always been a powder keg on any forum. You have those that have an agenda who will try to sabotage a thread any way they can. Then those that agree with the topic will try to defend their post and it goes down hill from there! One idea if you decide not to change anything is to lock access to the forum to anyone that violates the rules. There are only a hand full of members that are causing the problems.
USAF Retired, CATM, SC CWP, NH NR CWP, NRA Benefactor
To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them... -- Richard Henry Lee, 1787