Seeing as how this seems to happen once a year or so, I thought it might be helpful for us to have a post that articulates why we are not able to discuss matters of religion and politics on the board. Freedom of religion and freedom of speech are the first freedoms guaranteed to Americans under the Bill of Rights. It is obvious from the Framer's placement that this was an idea that was very important to their belief in what powers a government should have. You are guaranteed Freedom of belief. The government cannot prohibit the exercise of what you believe. You can practice any form of religion, or even not practice, as you see fit. However, what we have encountered here in the boards is not dealing with Freedom of Religion, but really Freedom of Speech. People have, with perfectly good intentions, tried to turn the latter into the former, but that is not the case. Obviously the moderators of the boards are not telling you what to believe, they are only telling you what not to talk about. It is not about religion, but about speech. Freedom of speech cannot be curtailed by the government. You have a right, in a public place, to say anything you want. The government cannot stop you. However, private property is different. While on the "property" of the Fanforce, they do have the right to restrict your speech. To use a metaphor, my favorite form of teaching, consider this: You can stand on the sidewalk and talk about whatever you want. You can ridicule my religion, my politics, my looks, whatever. However, my house has rules. If you come into my house and then start insulting me, I have the right to ask you to leave. If you refuse, I have the right to call the police and force you to leave. Your right to free speech does not override my rights to private property. The Fanforce boards are private property. Thus the owners have the right to limit your speech on their property. Just as people can be asked not to use lewd language, they can be asked not to use religious or political language. While the Terms of Service for the boards do not specifically prohibit religious or political discussions (at least that I could find), the E'ville Jedi long ago had a "gentlemen's agreement" (sorry, ladies) not to discuss such things for the sake of peace on our board. However, we must be careful not to go overboard and become too legalistic in this direction either. Through past precedent, we have established that it is acceptable to wish someone a "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Easter", as these have become holidays in the popular culture as well as religious holidays. It is acceptable to state what your religion is, as my own screenname implies and the fact that others have identified themselves as Christian, pagan, etc. If you see someone has crossed the line and dives too much into a religious discussion, the best thing to do is ignore it. Odds are it was a simple mistake and they did not mean anything by it. Let Darth_TKD know about it and he will step in and stop it if he finds it necessary. Responding does not help matters and only escalates things, as we have seen in past religious discussions here. I myself was guilty of this last year when my temper got the better of me when I perceived someone's comment as attacking my religion. I am not posting this thread to start a debate or cause trouble, quite the opposite. Keep in mind that I am a United Methodist pastor that works every day to talk about religion. I don't want to limit religious discussion in any place that it is appropriate. I'm hoping that by pointing out the distinction between Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Speech (the true issue here) that we can more readily understand the rights and reasons behind these restrictions and why it is inappropriate here. Nathan, feel free to lock this thread if you think it will be problematic (you won't hurt my feelings by doing so) I just felt that perhaps this might help avoid future problems.