In Reply to: A message to all concerning "free speech" (more) posted by DC on March 29, 1999 at 09:58:43:
: The United States of America is a wonderful country. It's a land of opportunity and a place of freedom where all individuals have certain inalienable rights.
: However, this Message Board is not the USA.
: Please allow me to explain...
: I see many posts where people go on and on about "free speech" like it is actually free. Many people died to get this country to the point where it is today and to protect our way of life. There is nothing "free" about "free speech".
: Nor does free speech apply here. Imagine this...
: You invite me into your home. We are sitting in your living room having a nice chat about the weather and your new car. All of a sudden, I say the following 3 sentences...
: 1. Your wife is fat and she smells nasty.
: 2. Your daughter is the town tramp.
: 3. Your 1.9 Z3 is a joke.
: How long do you think I'm still going to be sitting on that couch in your living room? What about my right to freedom of speech? What do you mean it doesn't apply in your house because you pay the bills here?
: The same thing applies here, on this message board. Alan pays the bills and makes the rules. This is the cyber equivalent of his living room and we have an obligation to behave ourselves. You can't go into a crowded movie theater and scream "Fire!!" and you can't start trouble here either.
: Now be nice to each other or you will be sent to your rooms without supper