I try to let religious people comment here when they say something related to the post at hand, and occasionally I even stand by while they hijack threads (they like nothing more than to do that). This is all in the interest of hearing what they have to say. (I’ve blacklisted some loonies whose blather was completely outrageous.)
And sometimes the threads blow up without my noticing, for I can’t read every comment right when it comes in. So let me reiterate the policy vis-a-vis the proselytizing faithful:
1. If you come over here wearing your faith on your sleeve, and asserting it forcefully, I (or the commenters) will ask you for evidence for your beliefs. You will be expected to provide that before you can make any more comments. This website is, after all, about evidence. If you can’t make a good argument for your beliefs (and believe me, you’ll be challenged!), you should go to one of the many websites that cater to the faithful and don’t care whether your beliefs are supported by evidence.
2. If you’re a heathen and are arguing with a religious person, please be civil. You can be as firm as you want, but I don’t want to see name-calling and swearing directed to another commenter. Deal with the ideas, not with the person. I realize that this isn’t always possible if you’re all het up, but do try. I often send private emails to people asking them to tone down the invective. And if you see one of the proselytizing faithful come aboard, feel free to challenge him or her to produce the requisite evidence.