No reason to look for something more into these guidelines other than what they are on face value. I'm certain that Jeff has no intentions on making this a place where you can't speak your mind, or you have to paranoid before posting something. Just simply be courteous and respectful of others, and by all means re-read your post "before" you actually hit enter.
I have a lot of respect for Jeff for the job he has done quietly, behind the scenes, in keeping order among the chaos that sometimes happens between forum members. He has shielded us from all the banter that constantly flies around and I'm glad he has. So whatever we can do to make this a little easier on him, while at the same time making this a cool place to be, I'm all for it.
As I have expressed before, in an ideal world, where folks could just discuss hot button issues without turning discussions into hateful shouting matches, it would be great to not have any bans on any subject matter. However, as many of you already know by visiting other forums, most religious and political threads almost always inflame and self-destruct. Partially it's the nature of the net. The physical detachment of the net gives some folks the wrongful feeling that they can say whatever they want, no matter how brutal or hateful. The same things that many of these same people would be embarrassed to say in person (I know there are some that don't care either way).
We're not banning God or Politics. Those things live inside you and no one can do that. These guidelines are simply saying - don't share it on this music forum, in hopes it may make this a more sane place to visit on a regular basis.