With the recent Facebook ban of several high-profile users, many wonder if our freedom of speech is being jeopardized. A right of choice and expression has always been built into Christian thought, so when that freedom is directly threatened, how should our faith inform our response? When taken with any form of extremism, should it be censored? Or from a Christian perspective, should we be free to express our beliefs?
The answer is simple yes there are some things that shouldn’t be online but social media giants are taking this fight to another level.
According to True Pundit, Carol Waldmann, a Pennsylvania Mom, and wife, who logged onto her Facebook account to find her post from the Book of Luke in the Bible were scrubbed from her timeline.
Apparently, now sharing Bible passages are a violation of Facebook’s ever-changing “Community Standards.”
Luke, Chapter 10 to be exact.
“The secular left is at it again denying my link in a Facebook post to an online bible,” Waldmann said in an interview with True Pundit.
Representatives from True Pundit out to Facebook for comment but … no one was answering emails or the phone.
Regardless of whether or not this is a violation of the First Amendment or the company’s right to ban, from what originated as the global voice for a generation, the unclear and vague guidelines determining these bans can appear biased. Last year, Mark Zuckerberg addressed the company’s content policies, saying, “The principles we have on what we remove from the service are if it’s going to result in real physical harm or if you’re attacking individuals then – that content shouldn’t be on the platform.”
Rather than censor these individuals, many who will only be more compelled to hold more firmly to such beliefs and more defiant to express them, as anyone would, perhaps we ought to consider how to engage a world in which we can express our thoughts freely without oppressing – anyone. (Though while saying these people should be allowed to express their opinion does not mean I support these views by any means.) As these platforms even stand to offer an outlet of our expression of faith, shouldn’t we be finding ways to enable expression versus oppression?
Yet, a lot of expressions can be oppression. Within the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote, that all men are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights” which include, “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” If the freedom of expression begins to infringe on the right of another individual (such as hate speech), it is oppression. As each is our unalienable right — “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” – abusing any of these freedoms can easily infringe on the right of another individual.
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Alex D is a conservative journalist, who covers all issues of importance for conservatives. He writes for Conservative US, Red State Nation, Defiant America, and Supreme Insider. He brings attention and insight from what happens in the White House to the streets of American towns, because it all has an impact on our future, and the country left for our children. Exposing the truth is his ultimate goal, mixed with wit where it’s appropriate, and feels that journalism shouldn’t be censored. Join him & let’s spread the good word!