...for your own good of course
For months now I have been denied to ability to comment on videos. The little "comment" box just isn't there when I watch clips. I've had a computer geek friend look into it for me and he can't figure it out either. I've sent many emails to YT and received no response. I've still been able to reply to someone else's comment though and did so a couple of weeks ago. A chap had written that he didn't understand what the term "Son of Man" meant in regard to Jesus (see here for an explanation). It seemed a genuine question so - especially as a Muslim had given his take on the term and made a real hash of it - I took quite some time to carefully explain what Jesus meant by his constant referral to himself as the "Son of Man"..
Later I went back to see if any response had come in. Not only could I not find my comment, the whole thread had vanished. The question and all the responses to it were gone. Vainly I emailed YT and again received no response. It seems I must be on some sort of list. Why? I don't use profanity, I don't insult people, I try to always use measured language and base my responses on facts. But apparently YT thinks this sort of thing is just not on.
Raymond Ibrahim notes in the following article the problems with freedom of expression in the West today, exemplified in the biases of YouTube. He's dead right: the biggest problem we in the West have today is not the threat of Sharia compliant Muslims and of political Islam & jihad. The biggest threat we have is not being allowed a platform to discuss threats like this. Somebody has decided that we may not talk about these existential threats and our voice is silenced - or else the most antagonistic, ignorant and polarising voices alone are heard, with the rest of us somehow permanently smeared by the media (in the sense both of the news media and also those who provide the medium for us to communicate our own thoughts "freely") as similarly bigoted & reactionary.
We can fix the problems but only if we are allowed to talk about them. If we can't talk or if the only voices heard are those who say that there is no problem; or the extremists (who seem to have little problem spreading their extremism); or those that insist people like me are actually the problem, then we can't help but lose. All our precarious freedoms are based on this one freedom: the freedom to speak, to critique, to discuss.
All of them.
YouTube: Keeping Americans in the Dark on Islam
In certain respects, the real struggle between Islam and the West has less to do with an inherently weak Islam and more to do with subversive Western elements that cover up for and empower Muhammad’s creed.
Out-and-out censorship is one of these tactics. In a January 10 email titled, “We’re Suing Google – Here’s Why,” Prager University, which produces short videos on subjects “important to understanding American values,” explained that “YouTube has chosen repeatedly to restrict some of our videos for violating their ‘Community Guidelines.’ Those guidelines are meant to protect users against viewing sexual content, violent or graphic content, and hate speech,” even though “our videos contain nothing even remotely close to any of these categories.”
Prager U had “filed a complaint with YouTube, hoping that there was some kind of innocent mistake. That’s when we were told by YouTube that after reviewing our videos, they determined that they were, indeed, ‘not appropriate for a younger audience.’” Accordingly, several Prager U videos do not appear on YouTube accounts that block sexual or graphic content. (For more on this matter and/or to sign Prager U’s petition against YouTube’s decision, click here.)
To appreciate just how much YouTube’s decision is based on preventing Americans (especially its youth, its future) from understanding the threats Islam poses—and thereby empowering Islam vis-à-vis America—consider the videos I made for Prager U, which are among those currently being restricted by YouTube.
The first is called “Radical Islam: The Most Dangerous Ideology.” Although in it I distinguished between “radical” Muslims and those many Muslims in name only; although I (very conservatively) suggested that perhaps ten percent of the world’s Muslims are “Islamists,” and of those, only two percent are willing to take violent action to enforce their supremacist worldview; and although I said “Islamists have killed far more Muslims than members of any other group”—YouTube deemed that video “inappropriate” for younger audiences.
My other Prager U video, titled “The World’s Most Persecuted Minority: Christians,” is dedicated to shedding light on the plight of Christians, specifically in Muslim lands, where the overwhelming majority of persecution takes place. It too is censored. In other words, shedding light on what many Western authorities have referred to as a “genocide” of Christians, is, for YouTube, as “inappropriate” for youth as sexual, graphic, or hate filled videos. Needless to say, not only are there no real images in the video (sexual, graphic or otherwise), but I attribute the violence against Christians to “fundamentalists” and “fundamentalist interpretations” of the Koran, meaning there’s no “hate” either.
Meanwhile, “other videos on similar topics, but from a liberal perspective”— including those dealing with the alleged or real mistreatment of Muslims at the hands of non-Muslims (which fits the narrative well)—are not restricted by YouTube.
When both my Prager U videos came out, they each quickly reached over one million views. Once YouTube restricted them, their views dropped accordingly—meaning mission (keeping America’s youth in the dark about Islam) achieved.
This, of course, is one of many personal and impersonal examples of YouTube’s cover up efforts. Back on April 22, 2015, I came across a short Islamic State video that was only available on Arabic websites at the time. In it, IS members were videotaped destroying crosses inside and atop churches, while Koran verses against “polytheism” were recited in the background. I decided to upload it on YouTube—to show the people of the West what the people of the Muslim world were privy to. YouTube promptly took the video down and sent me a “warning” email.
By the perverse logic of YouTube, it is not the Islamic State that is engaging in hate by destroying churches and crucifixes, but rather me—for simply exposing it. This episode recently came to mind when President Trump retweeted (from an account since suspended) an image of an IS member holding a Virgin Mary statue (which he later smashed). If that rather innocuous image went viral, consider if Trump and/or others had seen and/or drawn attention to the much more graphic video and images of IS members destroying numerous crosses and desecrating churches? Thanks to YouTube censorship, this possibility was not allowed.
The people of the West need to wake up to the fact that they are involved in a war on two fronts: one with an alien civilization that wishes to subjugate or slaughter them, and another with smiley-faced, homegrown elements that go to great lengths to keep this ugly truth hid.