Saturday, July 9, 2011

Censorship on the Web?

First Amendment (Bill of Rights)
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Have you ever been the victim of internet censorship? With social media, blogs, and content sites there are a plethora of locations to publish your work. Have you ever fallen victim to a site administrator that finds your content offensive? Did they say that your writing was:

  • Offensive to a particular race, lifestyle or religious practice.
  • Hate speech.
  • A personal attack.
  • Vulgar/obscene.
  • Inappropriate commercial purposes. 
  • Copyright infringement.
Was their complaint justified, or was it simply a lack of humor on their part? Grant it, that copyright infringement and other blatantly illegal activities should be squelched, the outcome is generally determined by the Spirit in which it is performed.  The most dangerous part about censorship is, that once it begins, where does it end? In most oppressive cultures it began gradually, then snowballed into a full blown loss of freedom .  Please leave a comment below. 

Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
(2Co 3:17 KJV)

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