agreed on the substance of your post.
but aren't you completely misunderstanding the concept of free speech (as defined in the US)?
The free speech amendment says that THE GOVERNMENT should make no laws to prevent free speech. It has no relevance at all to actions by private companies, or on private property.
EA is perfectly free to stop people saying whatever they want on their servers. However the government can't make a LAW stopping people saying what they want.
Ok. please return to original discussion...
Thanks Soulgrindr, that's one of my favorite points to make, but the counter-point would be, is that if they ever had to go to court over it, they'd get canned because a EULA or TOS cannot infringe on someones personal (God given, as they say) rights.
Slight clarification, I am not necessarily making humor at the United States legal process or Christianity, nor do I support Christianity, I just think it's a little awkward that they would separate church and state, but when you go to court you swear on a Bible and discuss your 'God given rights.'
One of the great things about the US is that, within certain limits, you can say just about anything you want. Check out some KKK, Neo-Nazi, or Christian Identity sites if you don't believe me. And I agree with this right (the right to say it, not what they say). Main reason being it lets you know just who the crazies are.
But on a privately owned computer system, you have NO SUCH RIGHTS. The owners of that system can legally censor, control and restrict what you do, what you say, etc, in whatever way they so choose. You agree to this when you join, and unlike a software EULA, you agree to it BEFORE you 'open the box'.