“I’m going in with this believing that the reaction of the Alabama locals was real….my only comment is: isnt america a democracy, where the freedom of speech reigns more profoundly than anything else?”

I went to live in America believing that was the case but found that the constitution only applies to the Federal Government. In other words only the Federal Government is governed by the Constitution, its Amendments and the Bill of Rights. The actual population of the US and all of the companies that operate don’t care two hoots about anyone’s rights except their own. Briton’s have a lot more freedoms than Americans do in my experience of living in both countries.