John on February 12, 2007 at 12:13 pm
Anyone who has perused this blog knows that I write frequently about atheists and atheism. Most of what I have to say is critical, though I make an effort to be fair and kind to those with whom I disagree.
Recently, it came to my attention (via HotAir) that atheist Nick Ginsburne had his YouTube account revoked after posting a video critical of Islam. Mr. Ginsburne had previously posted many similar videos critical of Christianity, none of which seemed to warrant his banning.
Frankly, I’m not a fan of Mr. Ginsburne or his opinions of my faith. But I’m repulsed by the double standard being employed by YouTube and the lack of freedom being given to users of that site. If Ginsburne’s opinons are banned this week, my opinion could be banned next week. So I’ve taken the advice of a fellow Christian blogger to contact YouTube with my opinon. Here’s what I wrote:
I work at a church in southern California. I learned that YouTube recently banned an atheist name Nick Ginsburne and deleted all his videos after he posted a video critical of Islam.
YouTube needs to have a consistent policy. How can you justify hosting all of the “blasphemy challenge” videos aimed at my faith while banning the far less offensive efforts of Mr. Ginsburne toward Islam.
If criticism of one religion is acceptable (and it is) then criticism of all religions should be equally acceptable. YouTube’s corporate parent Google has shown itself all to willing to limit freedom when they think they can get away with it. So this is not a vote for Mr. Ginsburne or his opinions, it’s a vote for freedom. Restore his account or simply declare that free expression is not welcome on You Tube.
For anyone who would like to add their voice to the chorus, here’s the link.