**I want to preface this by saying that I harbor no resentment towards anyone as a result of this event and I have no intention of offending anyone, but this is an issue that I feel needs to be discussed.Today on smp6 there was a political discussion. I know the topic of politics can be distasteful to some however, even on the a minecraft server I would argue that it is healthy for us to have our ideas challenged. When we are not challenged in thought it makes us complacent in our beliefs which is never a good thing in a free society. If you can't defend your opinions it may be a sign that you have the wrong opinions. This is why I was shocked when a staff member told me not to discuss politics in chat.Throughout any controversial discussions I do try to avoid attacking any individual so I blocked out all the names (I left the star so you can see the player is a staff member). However, not attacking an individual does not mean I should resist attacking an idea that I see as absurd. I attack these ideas with the hope that the proponent will defend their view. In this instance I was attacking the idea of Socialism saying, "I hate the word socialist because I know what it means." At this point I was ready for a discussion of socialism and its balance with personal freedoms, but instead I was told, "not sure that you do JJ," followed by, "This is not a place for political talk." Perhaps me being told to enter group chat was not made because I had a different view, but to me it certainly seems that way. Perhaps I'm being a little paranoid, but this staff members decision to tell me, "not sure that you do JJ," came across as a personal attack," the implication being that because I or anyone else dislikes socialism as an ideology, we're either uneducated or unintelligent. Instead of being allowed to explain my statement I was silenced. As I do have a tremendous respect for the moderators of the server I ended the discussion. I am writing about this now because I love this server and its community, and I believe that a key facet of a good community is diversity, and the most important kind of diversity isn't race, or gender, or sexual orientation, the most important kind of diversity is intellectual diversity. Perhaps town chat is an inappropriate place for politics, Perhaps we shouldn't discuss controversial topics in public, or perhaps we should encourage political discussion in town chat, because the only way to develop as a society is for us to exchange ideas. I hope that staff members of this server are encouraged to allow opposing viewpoints, I believe we will foster a better community if we all share ideas instead of blocking them. If you think I'm overreacting please tell me in the poll.