No longer a newbie, moving up!
It seems we have a mis-understanding by a minority of members about what exactly the term "Freedom of speech" entails. It has always been my understanding that our (in US) freedom to speak our minds without retribution pertained only to the freedom from our government restricting those rights. An official from any government agency can't restrict what you say. BUT, and here is the big BUT, in the private world, your ability to speak you mind in any fashion you wish can be restricted in whatever way your boss, private property owner or forum moderator wishes. This forum has had a long standing rule about refraining from political or religious discussion. (that would be an example of a restriction of speech) I in fact was called out in one of my first posts by Chase, the list owner. The lesson pretty much stuck. So, if you don't like the speech restrictions and you get a PM from a mod or have your thread locked, the webs a big place. You can always start your own forum about anything. Even egging on or insulting other forum members.