Is there are distinction (in some places here in this rugged community) between Free Speech and Freedom of opinion or in indeed Freedom of Expression? I only ask this as a victim of some rather "enjoyable" moderation. It seems to me that after an absence from here of some considerable time (I had been concentrating on blogging) there seems to have been some attempt at censorship or am I being over sensitive about this? Whilst I do not condone outrageous breaches of current legislation I do feel that many people are confusing many of the so called "phobia" with breaches of the Law of the Land. This is the land where simply to have an alternative ( some may say "old fashioned" or Traditional view of life) are descended upon by Plod or some sort of pseudo plod and threatened with punishment of some sort. Now, I think that we still have a right to Freedom of Speech AND expression which in many cases may well be contrary to some minorities view point in today's "enlightened" society. It is often that these newly protected groups seem to have the weight of the law on their side regardless of their view of those of us who they consider, old fashioned, traditional, out of date, Christian, right wing, left wing or indeed inhuman. So with my tongue firmly in cheek and clamped between my teeth at the same time ( in deference to equality and balance of course) I simply asking that we are allowed with out fear of retribution to voice an opinion or view without the whole thread being deleted for fear that some may answer in extreme fashion. Just "lock" the thread? Thank you PS: Contributors (in the defence of a colleague of mine here who was attacked ) who wish to attack others should read their victims profile first as often assumptions are made about age, former rank or length of service which are quiet wrong. Fortunately for me none of these considerations worry me for my rank and service were far too insignificant to count.