To all you naysayers: I'm missing something in what you're saying... you don't want to be exposed to political discussion, you want to be free of its influence here, where you feel it's detrimental to your personal development. You want to feel safely sequestered from that area of talk. Right?
Steve and Erin are not likely to banish or censor talk of politics and current world affairs. So posts and threads containing that kind of diatribe will continue to show up all over any and all of the forum topics, ready to spring up on you unannounced at any moment! You might think you're going to hear about relationships or the law of attraction and -- BAM -- there's Ron Paul interfering with your enjoyment of your morning raw breakfast.
Why would you oppose a whole separate forum to house that kind of talk, so that you're safe from an accidental encounter? The moderators would pick up stray political posts and move them to the Political Forum. You would have to go out of your way to stumble across Ron Paul or Benazhir Bhutto. You would be safe, safer than you are now!
What am I missing?