I ran across this story on the Christian Broadcasting Network today and it stunned me for the illogical tone it took with the article. Talk about preaching to the choir...
It's called "NRB Study: Social Sites Censoring Christians" and the NRB, for those who are unaware, is the National Religious Broadcasters - obviously, an impartial source to start with. The group's study claims that social networking sites are silencing Christians and list "Facebook, Google, Apple, and MySpace" as the main culprits.
They love Twitter, seem unaware that Apple isn't a social networking site, and no one has used MySpace since before they started their "study" a year and a half ago. Apple comes in for an extra dose of criticism for removing two anti-gay apps.
"There is a kind of viewpoint censorship that's going on. And we need to go ahead and stand up and say, 'Stop. Not here. Don't do it. Wrong way. Turn around now,'" [American Center for Law and Justice director of the office of governmental affairs Colby] May explained.
"And you have to ask yourself, 'Why just these two viewpoints of the hundreds of thousands that you have?' And when you get the explanation, it's 'Well, some people were ruffled. They felt they were offended by it,'" May said.
Parshall complained that the companies behind these platforms give them "the authority to strip content off whenever other users, for any reason, decide they don't like the opinions of other users."
"Then you're thinking, 'Wait just a minute. We've crossed over into this netherworld where offense is now the justification upon which the rights we have as Americans to fully engage in the culture and to debate all issues is going to be decided?'" May asked.
Allow me to explain this for a moment to our friends nodding along at home and thinking, "Free speech for everyone! First amendment!" after the break. The rest of you can stop here and shake your heads in disbelief at the inanity.