There’s a difference between expressing a viewpoint and being an asshole. G. I. Joe was an asshole. Take some time to look around here for a while, and you will see that there are quite a few conservatives who are able to obey the rules and conduct themselves with decorum.
Damn straight. It’s ‘The Night of The Liberal Long Knives’. Run for the woods you Republican Rednecks, our boyz is a comin’ . . .
Y ou know the reasoning for the banning how because, fwiw, I believe the same person has been banned before (under at least one other user name) - mhendo seems to have a grasp of at least some of the circs. Is he out there . . . . ?
See, here’s what I’ve never understood: why is it so “PC” to think that gay people have a right to live their lives in peace? And why is it “non-PC” (often implied as “good”) to think that they’re immoral and dirty (a viewpoint which almost inevitably leads to support of laws designed to discriminate against them)?
And anyway, I’ve heard more than one person opine out that gay rights should be a conservative viewpoint, insofar as they should oppose laws that allow the government to get a foothold into the bedrooms of private citizens…
This attitude irritates me no end. Do you think “The board” is a monolithic entity with a strict line on every issue which has to be toed on pain of banishment? I’m afraid the facts don’t bear you out on this one Millen.
We have lots of Conservatives on these boards, many with very old fashioned views on homosexuality, who haven’t been banned. How do you explain the fact that His4Ever is still free to post here? If, as you say, derogatory opinions on homosexality are strictly verboten how do you explain the fact that JerseyDiamond isn’t banned?
How do you explain the fact that arch racist and fervent neo nazi Sionnach isn’t banned?
My theory: G.I. Joe was banned either because he was somebodies sock or because he was just a friggin’ idiot. I don’t care which.
People don’t get banned for their political convictions. They get banned for other reasons:[ul][li]Being a jerk;Being a returning, previously banned poster;Breaking the rules.[/ul]Since our rules prohibit hate speech, for example, it’s not unthinkable that a banning is related to a person’s politics. But merely being a conservative is never a reason for banning: hell, our own staff has a few people on it whom I’d gladly label conservative. In fact, I’d say the staff is pretty well spread out across the political spectrum. [/li]
Not to mention the global one.
It truly baffles me, how some people seem convinced that we’re a bunch of neo-hippies, banning conservatives left and right.
You said *“Another conservative has been banned. G.I. Joe was axed after just twelve posts. And what was his infraction? **He had the nerve to express a non-PC viewpoint regarding homosexuality.” ***
the clear implication is that you believe that anti gay opinions are not tolerated on these boards. Maybe I should have said *“If, as you strongly imply, derogatory opinions on homosexuality are strictly verboten on this board…”
Says pretty much the same thing but is a little less ambiguous.
[QUOTE] Originally posted by Coldfire *
**People don’t get banned for their political convictions. They get banned for other reasons:[ul][li]Being a jerk;Being a returning, previously banned poster;[*]Breaking the rules.[/ul]**[/li][/QUOTE]
Clogboy …sorry, I meant Coldfire …no wait, I did mean Clogboy…anyway, he has it right. G I Joe was banned because he was acting and posting like a jerk/troll, simply to inflame and trying to spread ignorance to the Teeming Millions. Yes, there are posters who have posted many of the same things that **Joe *di but they couched them in much more polite language, plus they have a longer tenure at the SDMB, so I think they get a bit more leeway from the mods.
*Which I don’t agree with, but I can understand why it is so.
Millen, it doesn’t sound like you read all of G.I. Joe’s posts. A couple of them went over the line into out and out trolling. It sounds like he may have been a sock as well (Gastrointestinal Joseph obviously was the same guy). He was looking to stir up shit and get himself banned, It had nothing to do with any sincere conservative or non-“PC” views on homosexuality. As has been pointed out already, we have a bunch of people on the board who post anti-gay sentiments and they don’t get banned. Gay issues are one of our most popular GD topics (not to mention the Pit). That wouldn’t be possible without all the (dare I say it) homophobes who post on this board without incurring the wrath of the mods or any calls for banning from all us bleeding hearts.