Please go to your preferences page and make sure your "See Mature Topics" setting is set. Setting it to "Yes" means you see the Mature Topics forum (contains political and religious debates). Setting it to "No" means you do not see those threads.
Great to have you with us pamperlover. I look forward to seeing your contributions to the forums, so please don't be shy about posting... we were all new here at one point, but the more input you give the better, from every angle! And if you want to get to know the reg users, give the IRC or Flashchat a try (personally, I'd go for the IRC as it tends to be busier!)
If you don't get the chance to try it out, or much time to post, no worries - some people have more time to spare than others; it doesn't make you any less a part of the ADISC family