Thursday, April 26, 2018

Hate group displeased that Facebook bans hate speech

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American Family Association, an anti-LGBT hate group, is upset that Facebook bans hate speech. Here is the Facebook policy:
We do not allow hate speech on Facebook because it creates an environment of intimidation and exclusion and in some cases may promote real-world violence.

We define hate speech as a direct attack on people based on what we call protected characteristics — race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, sex, gender, gender identity, and serious disability or disease. We also provide some protections for immigration status. We define attack as violent or dehumanizing speech, statements of inferiority, or calls for exclusion or segregation. …
No one is forced to use Facebook. Facebook is a private company and has every right to define its acceptable use policy as it sees fit. Conservatives complaining about Facebook policies are about as sensible as queer Jews complaining about the posting policy at Stormfront. Perhaps I should give it a try.

I am not fan of Facebook and barely use it. The company only recently released its AUP as Community Standards. From a business perspective that should have been available to the public since inception so that people know what is, and what is not, permissible on their platform.

One of AFA's wizards, Steve Jordahl, writes: Hate speech guidelines labeled subjective, 'half-baked.' Sorry Steve but Facebook's policies are not subject to AFA's approval. The hate group's leader, Tim Wildmon, will not be consulted. Subjective? I don't think so. Half-baked? AFA is a hate group. Anything that interferes with the propagation of hate will, in turn, be hated by AFA.
On a social media platform that has more than two billion users, it's safe to say that eventually someone is going to post something controversial that will offend others. And pretty much everyone agrees Facebook has the right – the duty, even – to remove threats of terror or violence, illegal pornography, or material manifestly harmful to children. But the rules about "hate speech" in the 25 pages of guidelines are a little more subjective.
Presumably AFA calls the standards subjective because Facebook defines gender identity and sexual orientation as “protected characteristics.” So does much of society. It is not Facebook that is out of step. It is American Family Association that is untethered to reality and unhinged when confronted with reality that does not conform to those ancient manuscripts to which they are so slavishly devoted.
Curtis Houck of Media Research Center gets more specific. He tells OneNewsNow that the social media giant wants to keep all manner of sexually confused individuals and the usual cast of minorities from any angst.

"What you're seeing here is this half-baked attempt by Facebook to try and come up with something," he states. "And it's so subjective here that I think it is something that conservatives should be concerned about."
I have no clue who Curtis Houck is but calling LGBT people “sexually confused” is rather moronic. It is Mr. Houck who is profoundly confused.

Mr. Jordahl's quote of the grammatically and scientifically challenged Curtis Houck indicates that Steve Jordahl is also profoundly confused. Angst? Vile hate speech engenders “angst?” I do not think so. So shielding kids from bigotry is not, as Jordahl stated, protection from “material manifestly harmful to children?” Apparently not.

The folks at the holier-than-thou yet morally bankrupt American Family Association are dedicated to the marginalization of LGBT people. Mr. Houck's employer at MRC, L. Brent Bozell III, believes whatever crap the Vatican spews in his direction. Gay people are “objectively disordered” and transgender people do not really exist — The science of gender dysphoria is really “gender ideology.”

Oh the poor pastor:
Conservatives, perhaps, like Pastor Rich Penkoski, who has a bit of a history with Facebook. He says he truly doesn't want to offend anyone, but he also says he has a responsibility to preach the Word of God – no matter who it offends. It's gotten so bad, he explains, that even his "non-offensive" sermons are being yanked.
Penkoski is the unhinged schmuck who is trying to force West Virginia to ban same-sex marriage (Penkoski v. Justice). He is joined by, among others, Chris Sevier. Sevier is the disbarred lawyer of “marry my laptop fame" who lost his law license due to mental incapacity. He is also a convicted felon (stalking). The lengthy docket  (which is sardonically amusing) reads like an experiment carried out at an asylum. Anti-gay lunatics from across the nation have suited up for this one. For example, whack job Michelle Cretella filed a declaration asserting the effectiveness of conversion therapy. It is even crazier when you consider that the Supreme Court settled this matter with the ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges nearly three years ago.

Penkoski is known by the company he keeps (Mr. Sevier). American Family Association is known by the company it keeps (Mr. Penkoski). Could they not find a more credible victim of Facebook's persecution? LGBT acceptance (which they call “normalization”) is driving these people crazier by the day.

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