Boy you people are thin skinned. I was asked my opininion and I gave it. I don't know what Chip's response has do to with my statement. Yes its your board, yes you have all the power. Yes if I don't like it I can leave. But I'm not talking about legal rights, I'm talking about what I think is appropriate. And I suggest that you tip the balence in favor of spirited discussion even at the risk of hurt feelings, a suggestion which you are free to ignore (or free to get all defensive about).
As far as my knowledge of the first amendment, I have a passing knowledge, having been a practicing attorney for more than a few years and having litigated a few cases involving this issue, one of which made it to the New York Court of Appeals. And when I feel it is appropriate to commence an action on my behalf, I usually don't go looking for an attorney, I do it myself, and I'm usually successful. But what does that have to do with the issue at hand. Nuff said?