Do not despair over the widely varying opinions and here is why.... I saw a show recently on discovery ch or some such about collective wisdom and Ill ask your forgiveness in advance if I miss quote something.
We've all seen the "guess how many jelly beans are in the jar" thing. So someone ran a test and asked 1000 people( maybe 100 maybe 5000, I don't recall) to guess the #in the jar. then they took the average of the guesses and compared that number with the closest individual guess and the average was closer to the real #. They repeated it "x" number of times and it always came out that way.
We've all heard the "truth lies somewhere in the middle" and it seems that it is true. The point being that it takes opposing ,even widely opposing viewpoints to come up with a" true-ism" . So maybe if we could accept that, then things wouldn't have to get so heated. If on the other hand the charter members would like to have a club, which is perfectly fine, where everyone feels the same on everything and no dissenting views are expressed, just post that this site is only for people with "x" beliefs and values.
I personally value the wide ranging opinions because I find new ways of thinking about things. The coal stuff is pretty cool too!