I wasn't going to say anything, but what the hell. I took a stroll over there, posted 15 or 20 comments, and was promptly banned. No warning, nothing. I was civil and respectful. Even my first post was asking about terminology defining "liberal" and I told them that I was a classical liberal(*). Everything was going well, I thought, until I had the audacity to politely refute something the administrator had posted. I used facts with links to support my assertions.
The response I got via email from the administrator reads:
The discussion on illegal immigrants was the final straw that induced me to remove three accounts, your own being one of them. But more than any one post was a pattern of conservative posts that don't seem to mesh with the idea of a Liberal Gun Forum. As of now, the number of self-professed conservatives outnumber the liberals on the forum, and they tend to reinforce each others' posts, overwhelming the intended liberal tone of the forum. I was naive to think that I'd be able to keep the many conservative members from testing the boundaries of what was acceptable on the forum.
If this sounds unfair and biased, it's because it is. The forum is intended as a Liberal echo-chamber, which will be extremely friendly and inviting to Liberal gun advocates. I have no illusions about the forum being unbiased or accommodating conservative viewpoints in any meaningful way. To a conservative this probably sounds awful, and some liberals don't like it either. One of the most liberal members of the forum left in protest, and I can't blame him.
Nevertheless, it's a decision I made to stop the forum from being overwhelmed by conservatives, which it surely would be otherwise. I think it's the right decision, although it's probably not very liberal of me to do it this way! This is an experiment, and either it will work, or the censorship I have imposed will kill the forum. Only time will tell which.
(I posted in response to a comment by the admin, where he said dislike of undocumented aliens was merely a government ploy to distract the people from real problems. I posted several links to reputable sources illustrating the hypocrisy of the left (claiming racism while simultaneously supporting La Raza) and basically showing the admin that concern over illegal aliens was valid.
That didn't flush.
It's funny how the liberal -- the thoughtful, open-minded, and tolerant one -- boots people out when facts are posted contravening their brand of conventional wisdom. It takes a small, scared, weak mind to silence discussion rather than face the truth.)
(*) Classical Liberalism is defined as a doctrine stressing individual freedom and limited government. This includes the importance of human rationality, individual property rights, natural rights, the protection of civil liberties, constitutional limitations of government, free markets, and individual freedom from restraint.