On Twitter, there’s a hashtag called #ExMuslimBecause, where folks talk about why they left Islam.
In response to someone saying that they didn’t understand why ex-Muslims had left Islam and that they were wrong for doing so, and it was only bad or deluded Muslims that left Islam, I tweeted the following:
Many ex-Muslims left Islam because of any of the many problems with a faith that e.g. allows the keeping of sex slaves, cutting off hands, and the stoning of women to death … then some of them are sentenced to death for leaving Islam.
The result? I got thrown into Twitter jail.
Seriously? That is “hateful conduct”? On what planet? This is how far we’ve fallen?
I’ve written to Twitter to appeal their arbitrary autocratic action, saying:
I tweeted the following:
“Many ex-Muslims left Islam because of any of the many problems with a faith that e.g. allows the keeping of sex slaves, cutting off hands, and the stoning of women to death … then some of them are sentenced to death for leaving Islam. Charming. w.”
All of those are simple facts. I’ve been busted for telling the truth. If anyone is violating Twitter rules … it is Islam …
We’ll see what kind of response I get …
I understand I have no right to free speech on Twitter … but the problem is the special legal exemption for Twitter from lawsuits. They are exempt from being sued because it is claimed that they are like a bulletin board. A bulletin board is not responsible for what is posted there. The claim is that they are not publishers making decisions about what is published, so they should be protected from lawsuits. This is spelled out in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. CDA 230, as the law is commonly known, states in the relevant section that
“No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”
But once they start in with this kind of nonsense, and they have done so in spades, they need to be stripped of that protection. They are now indeed making decisions about what gets published … which means that they are just like all the other media outlets, and should be treated like other publishers.
We’ll see how this plays out. In the meantime, I’ve been forced to remove the entirely truthful Tweet, and I’ll be out of twitter jail in … hang on … 11 hours and change …
My best to all, and to stay out of trouble, remember that Islam is like the polar bear—protected under the Endangered Species Act without any evidence of actual endangerment …
Posted from TwitterJail on a cloudy morning, best to all,
PS—If you’re interested in a tale of me being in an actual jail, see “Behind Bars Again” … it’s a curious life, but it’s the only one I’ve got …