I created a new account at D.U. and got immediately censored and banned for expressing an unwillingness to compromise with religious fundamentalists on the issue of free speech. Sadly, it’s not just the Christian and Muslim fanatics who try to silence their critics. The admins at DemocraticUnderground.com have a policy of zero tolerance for my opinions. They’re going to be hearing a lot more from me in the future.
Here’s the thread where they clipped everything I said. I used not one curse word, no personal hostility, just a bit of political self-expression which cannot be tolerated.
I sent the following emails to all the admins at D.U.
email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m not really troubled by your censorship, I’m only really troubled by your censorship of my discussion of your censorship policy and how it’s interpreted. I’m also troubled by having my email ignored afterward. You must be willing to defend your censorship and openly discuss it, or you have no credibility.
On 2/3/06, Balzac wrote:
I can understand if you don’t want excessive profanity. I can understand if you don’t want to lose your christian democrats, so you delete blasphemy. After all, this site is to serve the interests of Democrats.
But you deleted every mention I made of your censorship. You should at least be able to discuss your censorship policy, rather than squelch conversation on that topic. I didn’t see anything in your policy about comments about your censorship policy. That was undeniably a heavy-handed response to my criticism.
Furthermore, I busted a guy who was enthusiastically pushing an ultra-right wing book, and I called him a Republican. You guys let freepers get away with waaay too much on DU. But you deleted some of those messages too, and suspended my account.
I think it might be more appropriate to call yourselves DLC Underground. Either that, or just take away the word ‘Underground’ from your name.
The underground of the democratic party is belongs to those of us who refuse to respect religious fundamentalism and show little patience for DLC Democrats.