Then they came for the priests

First, they came for the politicians…


Then they came for the priests…

Facebook temporarily suspended the account of Catholic priest Fr. John Higgins in response to a post he made about the history of Islam.

Here is what he said:

Fr. John Higgins

“There are peaceful and good Muslim people,” his post reads in part. “And then there are the Islamists who are defended by the ignorant who refuse to learn history.”

He made his comment on a post on the Facebook page of his Congresswoman Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-D). On May 23rd, his post was deleted and he was suspended from posting on Facebook for a week.

“I wrote Facebook several times,” Fr. Higgins told ChurchPOP, “explaining that this post was just history. Of course there was no response.”

…Greg Stone, a friend of Fr. Higgins who does work for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles on conflict resolution, wrote a lengthy Facebook post about the suspension, calling for Facebook to honor its pledge to not censor different viewpoints. The post was widely copied and re-posted around Facebook.

Mr Stone’s post in defence of Fr, Higgins appears to have been removed by facebook as the link provided in the original article no longer works.

“It is horribly ironic that the very week Islamists murder scores of innocents,” Stone’s post read in part, “—young girls at a pop concert in Manchester, Coptic Christians in Egypt, and Catholics in the Philippines—Facebook suspends the privileges of a respected clergy member for posting an academic synopsis regarding Islamic history. FB spikes the very information the community needs to understand current events.”

Last year Facebook was accused of systematically censoring conservative viewpoints.

‘The recent news that Facebook staffers had sought to delete Donald Trump’s posts calling for restrictions on Muslim immigration as violating the company’s hate speech policies has revived the ongoing controversy about ideological neutrality in the social networks.

This time at least, the Facebook employees were overruled by CEO Mark Zuckerberg on the grounds that this would amount to political censorship, but the issue raises the question: Is there a problem of anti-conservative bias in the social media?’


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