There are plenty of people on here that can discuss any subject they want and not turn it into a name calling/slanderous thread. For those of you that might take offense or don’t think anyone should be talking politics/guns/religion/dog food or whatever, don’t click on the thread. How hard is that to understand? Let the people that can have an adult conversation do it. I think the likes of Mental and some of the others were totally out of line and should be dealt with. I am also surprised that Mental was not banned for his name calling, swearing outburst. With that said, I dissagree with suggesting that people shouldn’t discuss certain subjects (in the lounge) just because a few can’t bridal their tongue.
I agree with you that we should be able to discuss any topic without people getting offended, and if they get offended, don't click on the thread like you said.
As far as Mental's comments, or anyone esle's, whether they're appropriate or not, we shouldn't be so quick to be offended by those either. If we do get offended, then we need to quickly turn around and let it slide like water off a duck's back.
People can only offend you if you give power to their words and in doing so, you give those people control over you. Yes we all find times when something comes at us that we don't like, but it's up to you how you react to that person and their words.
We have a saying around here: "Get Your Joe On!" Basically, that means to not let other people and what they say get to you. Disarm your enemy by not giving power to his words. Just let it go and be happy.