Freedom of Speech!

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  1. hallryu

    hallryu Don Altobello

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    Hi,

    I noticed that some threads get closed when the powers that be decide that they are getting 'offensive'! What does offensive mean? What is offensive to one person is another persons normal behaviour and acceptable. Now, apart from the fact that this is a forum ostensibly about topics other than religion, politics or topical issues, who decides what can and can't be posted and how is our right to freedom of speech protected?

    I appreciate the forum will have its own rules about posting and I don't intend to upset the admins or challenge the present regime. I have no gripe on how this forum is run. Now, consider this thought....When we start down the path of censorship when and where is the time to stop decided? "Once we start down this path, forever will it control our destinies", to quote the little green fellow!

    In the UK my right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion is protected by Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The equivalent rights are to be found in most 'civilised' nations constitutions. The American constitution is perhaps the most well known.

    So who then has the right to censor my views, even if they maybe offensive to others? Forget laws on racism or inciting racial or religous hatred for a moment! Thoughts please folks...are we to heavily censored by our peers and our equals? Are we heading in to an Orwellian nightmare where everyone is afraid to speak their minds and challenge the 'Politically correct'

    Is this present attitude of 'tolerance' eroding the cultural identities of our great nations?

    Before this becomes a rant....I'll stop, but I would appreciate your views, even if they are 'offensive' lol :nerd:
     
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    Steven Hone Paolo the Gun

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    Your access to this site is a privelage, not a 'right' ...
     
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    hallryu Don Altobello

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    It could be considered that I suppose! I think my access to this site is an agreement by me to abide by the rules of the forum, nothing more, nothing less!
     
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    hallryu Don Altobello

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    Oh and I think you missed the point of the post!:)
     

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    arnie Maha Guru

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    Go into a private gentleman's club and call one of the dancers a whore. You would get thrown out, I bet. It is not against the law to call a woman a whore, maybe it is not very pleasant, but it is quite legal. When you go into that club, however, you are entering private property and consenting to follow any rules laid down by the owner of the club, as long as they do not contradict the law. In this respect, G3D is a bit like a private gentleman's club (without the breasts and erotic dancing, sadly), and you just have to accept that the powers that be have the discretion to do whatever they wish, as long as it doesn't break the law. After all, if you don't like a certain dancer at a private gentleman's club, you are more than able to leave..
     
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    hallryu Don Altobello

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    Again, the point is missed! Come on guys dance with me here! Intellectually speaking of course! I'm not questioning the rules here, I asking everyone to question the right of others (in any situation) to stifle our rights to freedom of expression!
     
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    r3claim3r Ancient Guru

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    Well, even if you're right, what are you gonna do about it? Not much you can do. Besides if this was your site, what would you censor? Even you would have your boundaries on what you would consider acceptable forum behavior. The thing is mods and admins have their own views, some of which people don't necessarily agree with.
     
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    hallryu Don Altobello

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    Umm! I don't know, I would censor posts which contravene the law, I would wish to avoid prosecution...I would censor NOTHING ELSE!

    Freedom of speech is a privilege, a right, a thing to be treasured and protected at all costs, in my opinion.
     
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    hallryu Don Altobello

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    For a guy that started a semi-intelligent thread about freedom of speech you probably should already have noticed that we close threads that:

    A) have no point
    B) can cause flaiming/trolling
    C) are not on-topic

    In this case, option A applies. Don't ruin our perfectly fine and sexy new database server with pointless spam posts.

    Thank you.


    Someone just said this about me!!!!

    Semi-intelligent indeed....lol.

    The post was closed before I could reply. The post illustrates a point and is not pointless. I opened a thread where anyone could express themselves however they wanted and it was stopped faster than you can say 'censorship'!

    Sorry for contravening the rules, it will not happen again lol
     
  10. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    Thread closed,

    The next action I will take will be a full site-wide ban. How's that for censorship ? Stop behaving like an ass.

    We've seen this like a thousand times already. Grow up.
     

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