Can't say that I'm surprised...
Being able to voice one’s opinion is a right that we all share, but when that right goes against our forums rules and guidelines, I say take it somewhere else. Not saying that MYSELF or anyone else here is against one's right to free speech, but rules and guidelines are set forth for a reason, it's up to us to abide by them.
You knew when signing up for our forum that the main topic here was horses and horse related topics. I say we’re fortunate to even HAVE an off topic forum here. Administration didn’t have to provide us with this OT forum that we all love and share, so why abuse the privilege with making threads that are deliberately against forum rules?
In other words, if you know that debate is looked down upon here at HF, why make a thread that is meant to spar debate? Yes, great, you’re exercising your right to free speech, that’s wonderful, but do it within the rules of the forum that you have a privilege to be on in the first place.