Facebook banned her for criticising Islamists but she got the last laugh


Censorship  and bans on social media continue to be an issue for  conservative and libertarian’s writers.It is one of the reasons why I have left Twitter and moved to Gab.  Shireen Qudosi is a writer based in California and is a Muslim activist against Islamism.When facebook banned her for showing screenshots of a private conversation she had with editor Javed Ali she fought back. She had shown it to illustrate the abuse she was receiving from him  but Facebook banned her anyway.

My Facebook silencing was temporary. I had the ability to fight back, but many people don’t.

You don’t wake up one day and decide you’re going to take on a 1400-year-old religion.

If no one in their right mind would ever want to earn their living as a writer, being a Muslim activist against Islamism is an even less desirable lifestyle choice. This isn’t something you do for fame or fortune. This is a calling, an acknowledgement that your conscience doesn’t allow you to do something else.

Critique of Islamic doctrine is easy; it’s all there in black-and-white. Helpfully, authorized translations of Islamic texts on Sharia law are widely available in English. The most apologists and clueless ideologues can do is pretend they don’t exist.

Arguing with Islamists and their fellow-travellers, however, is a lot tougher. Islamists work within the open societies of the West to create a more favorable climate for Islamic ideology. Now, they work comfortably alongside a new generation of Muslim Americans who are more stridently leftists.

…What ties them together is an implicit Islamic supremacy and the rigid view that Islam and Muslims are above critique, especially by non-Muslims. These are the American Muslims glorified and fawned over by liberal media and politicians.

While ISIS runs amok on social media, so do organized campaigns of harassment against people like me, who press for real reform within Islam.

On August 24, Facebook banned me for publicly sharing screen shots of a private conversation I had with Javed Ali, the founding publisher of Illume Magazine, the nation’s largest Muslim publication. I knew Ali long before his magazine rose to prominence, and long before he’d became part of an inner circle of politically “progressive” Muslims.

Despite our many differences on Islam and domestic politics, Ali and I have had a cordial exchange over the years. A few weeks ago, I had encouraged him to try to re-start Illume; he’d asked me about marketing advice for his new halaal business. Despite our views, there was some mutual respect – until I triggered him by attacking CAIR.

In late August, I shared a link on Facebook that drew attention to the Muslim grievance professionals at CAIR. This time, CAIR-San Diego—a chapter of the Islamist group notorious for crying Islamophobia—had challenged a San Diego Police Department training session. The training was conducted by national security analyst Ryan Mauro, who frequently leads vital training initiatives for the law enforcement community. Not content with trying to cancel the event, the local CAIR chapter launched a campaign of harassment against every attending officer.

Clearly enraged at my attacks on CAIR, Ali savaged me in Facebook comments. Indeed, he created upwards of five fake Facebook accounts in order to keep after me. More than anything, though, he attacked me for fighting for reform within Islam

…When his public attacks didn’t work, he resorted to attacking me in direct messages with an increasingly belligerent and hostile tone. I warned him the messages would be made public if he didn’t cease. When that didn’t work, I had warned him that I’d expose him.

I did.

Post that triggered the ban


By the next day, Facebook had slapped me on the wrist with a 24-hour ban for sharing my post and screen shots of the conversation. The block grew to 48 hours, and by the end of the second day I was banned from Facebook. Ali likely had many people blitzkrieg my account with complaints in order to trigger the total ban.

…The last laugh was on Ali, though. A few days after I was verbally assaulted and belittled for being a Muslim reformer, I went on national TV and exposed the ‘faux-progressives’ of the Obama administration to millions of viewers. I appeared on Fox Business’ Varney and Co. discussing a burkini-ban op-ed that had made the front page of Fox News’ website.


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