Facebook Censors Discussion On Sharia

Facebook has banned a video titled “Should America Fear Sharia?” posted on the Center for Security Policy’s page. The 45-second video purportedly shows gay people being hurled from a roof in Libya. You can hear the sickening thud of the bodies as they hit the pavement, following immediately by jubilant shouts of “Allahu Akbar” from the terrorists.

The clip is still available on YouTube.

Warning: This clip contains graphic and distressing images:

“In a situation where it’s Facebook or these things, that’s not a government suppression,” Center for Security Policy’s Executive Vice President Jim Hanson told AlphaNews. “They can do whatever they want, they’re private companies, but it has an element of what we consider free speech. We don’t think it’s particularly good to have folks saying, ‘No you can’t talk about that. You can’t mention that because it bothers us.’ Well sorry. That’s what we do here.”

The “Should America Fear Sharia” page posted a notification on their page about the removal, including screenshots of their communication with Facebook.

“After receiving over 750,000 views, the Thought Police at Facebook decided that too many people were beginning to learn the truth about Sharia Law and removed the post,” they wrote.

Censoring speech about Islamism will not help defeat it. It is important that people understand what exactly is being carried out in the name of sharia by extremists worldwide.

This is not to endorse (or not endorse) the view of sharia taken by the Center for Security Policy. Many Muslims separate between sharia as a personal code for living (for example providing guidance on matters such as optimal prayer times or the specifics of sourcing halal food) while rejecting the interference of sharia in the state (for example executing gay people by throwing them off the roof).

The important factor is whether or not human rights are violated and that the state is not used to enforce religious law.

Yet none of this discussion is possible when censorship reigns. Although it is a private company, Facebook is an enormous multinational that brings media to millions of consumers globally. If something is censored from Facebook, it is a severe restriction. Muslim activist and reformist Shireen Qudosi spoke about this chilling effect when she briefly was banned from Facebook following a public dispute with another Muslim activist.

Nor is Facebook the only place where censorship reigns. In London’s Metropolitan Police some Muslim officers are allowed to express extremist views unchallenged because their superiors fear they will be labeled bigots if they speak out, according to Russia Today.

Javaria Saeed, a practicing Muslim, resigned from the SO15 counterterrorism division of the Metropolitan Police, which was tasked with outreach to the Muslim community. She cited a culture of “political correctness” and two specific cases, in which she alleged a senior Muslim constable had called female genital mutilation (FGM) a “clean, an honorable practice” that “shouldn’t be criminalized.”  FGM is illegal in the UK.

On another occasion, the same officer reportedly said Muslim women who face domestic abuse should seek to resolve the situation via sharia tribunals rather than going through the courts.

Despite reporting the incidents to her superiors, no action was taken against the offending officer.

Other officers called her a “bad Muslim” for not wearing a hijab (head covering) and said she would be “better off at home looking after your husband.”

“My experiences were that it was Muslim officers being racist towards my individual views; also in private, holding racist views against white officers, and sexist views against females,” she told the Sunday Times. “If such views were held and expressed by white officers, they would be fired.”

Until we can have an open and honest conversation about Islamism, we will not be able to solve its problems.