I wonder if you understand it yourself?
The first amendment is part of US law. Not only is it not international, it does not apply to private entities, such as...oh, let's say, message boards which have their own set of rules and regulations. In this case, a set that made clear to you when you registered that defamatory language and posts which harass individulas or groups are not allowable here on the public boards. If those rules were unacceptable to you, then you should not have clicked that little button that says, "I agree."
I assure you, as the owner of the site and the administrator of the boards who started studying literature when you were likely still in diapers, and who makes her living as a writer that I fully understand satire (which by the way, is a literary tool employed by definition to speak AGAINST the dominant culture, not for it, and to expose social injustices, not support them -- and if you have to tell your readers what you have written is satire, then you haven't done a very good job in being satirical). I also understand that Scarleteen is an international community and our rules are such for many reasons. No person of arab descent should have to read what you posted here the other day in a space like Scarleteen. The arab community has been poked at, prodded, ridiculued and made fearful by our culture, even those who are US citizens, and if you aren't aware of that, you may want to take a long, hard look at yourself before you accuse others of being sheltered.
(As far as other things that are not aceptable here via the rules which you appear not to have read, neither is copyright infrignement, by the by. Neither too, are complaints about the board itself, which the registration agreement makes clear need be directed to email. For those reasons and more, your posting privledges have been removed, as stated may occur in these instances again, in the guidelines. Surely, if you are erudite enough to have such a firm grasp on satire and censorhip, you had no trouble comprehending a simple set of rules, and thus, this doesn't surprise you.)
You "find it interesting that its the politically correct bunch that are the biggest censors in our society. " Me? I find it depressing that 99% of the time I hear someone whinge about "censorship" it's because someone won't let them say pithy, nasty and bigoted things about other people. Pity that, because there are numerous cases of very real censorship in the world in which disenfranchised people can't speak for their own rights and liberties, or freely express original thoughts and ideas of real merit (like, for instance, the arab and muslim women who you seem to find so amusing), rather than trite rehash from a television sitcom.
Editor and Founder, Scarleteen
My epitaph should read: "She worked herself into this ground."
-- Kay Bailey Hutchinson
[This message has been edited by Miz Scarlet (edited 09-29-2002).]