There were a couple of videos put out recently that brought into light something that has been going on for a little bit of time right now. The first was a video by the vlogger Thunderf00t, talking about how several of his videos had been removed for going against YouTube’s Terms of Service. To anybody who has ever read them closely, it is pretty clear that any and all videos on their site violate their Terms of Service. These rules basically are a carpet for them to do whatever they want on their site. They can remove any video they please at any time.
But now, as was pointed out by Thunderf00t and The Amazing Atheist, who also did a video about how this is going on, YouTube has started to censor videos that are promoting the ideals of reason and rationality, as opposed to faith and servitude.
The premise for this censorship is that it is “hate speech.” That criticizing religion is a form of attack. The two vloggers above both pointed out how the videos that got removed weren’t attacking, they were just observing, supporting one cause or another, but also critical. And that is the new form of “hate speech” on YouTube.
This isn’t a good thing for the battle between rationality and faith, if in fact, YouTube is censoring atheist videos. It sends a very clear message to vloggers like myself, and to all the other big-time vloggers that there is now a conscious effort on the part of those who support religion to silence the opposition.
Of course, this is nothing new on the part of religion and religious people. Silencing dissent has been a Modus Operandi from the beginning of the Catholic church. If they don’t like your opinion, they will simply shut you down. It’s been effective. Way back in the day, shutting you down meant killing you. Nowadays, it means removing your videos, and hoping that nobody saw it.
The reason the church hates dissent is obvious – because they have no genuine position. The difference between their set of beliefs and mine is that mine are based on logic and reason. On science and evidence. I am always skeptical of what I see. I question everything. I believe what there is evidence for. There is no evidence for the Christian, Muslim, Jewish, or any other God or gods. The position of the atheist is that we simply demand evidence. Not one Christian has presented a piece of evidence that holds up to scrutiny.
YouTube is choosing to take a side in the battle of the holy books that these religions have, that teach absolutely horrendous values, like being able to kill people for the most arbitrary and ridiculous of reasons, like the fact that they don’t believe in your God. Or that women shouldn’t be allowed to talk, vote, have any positions of authority over men, and not have rights to their bodies. The idea that homosexuality is a sin, and that the people who are of that sexual stance should be put to death. YouTube has taken a side, and this side is that of the belief that a 2,00o year old book of desert fairytales is the absolute truth, and it is all you should believe.
As TJ pointed out, YouTube has taken the side of an opinion. The opinion that God is real, created this world and all the things in it, and left no evidence of his existence. However, it is a fact that God is not real. Now, as a person of an open mind, I am willing to be proven wrong, but until I see evidence to the contrary, I am going to keep my position that there is no God. Like any good scientist, I am willing to be proven wrong, but as somebody once said -
I am a man of science, where’s the proof?
So, as a man of science, I can say, without any form of doubt, that the Christian God, the God of Islam, actually, wait, those are the same guy. But I can say that all of them are not real, beyond any doubt. The books that talk about them are rife with logical failings, inaccurate history, and a lack of scientific understanding of any kind. Plus, the only evidence (and that’s being nice) of their existence is those books. So that doesn’t help their cause.
And YouTube is looking to take the side of the religious. They are looking to call anything that holds the BS of the various faiths feet to the fire “hate speech.” They are totally legitimizing people who say that Earth is only 6,000 to 10,000 years old (something science knows isn’t true), and that it was created in seven days by a guy who is one guy, but in three forms (that makes sense), and he is also all-loving while watching the world suffer, all-knowing while giving us free will (again, that makes sense), all-powerful while allowing evil to exist, and a whole bunch of other stupid crap. But if you fire up your camera and say that these position are suspect, and that there are holes in the logic, you can be removed for “hate speech.”
You can also fire up your camera and say that God or Allah wants you to hurt people. You can organized into mobs, like the people of Rhode Island after Jessica Ahlquist got the prayer banner removed, and organize harassment in the name of your God. But if an atheist like me, TJ, Thunderf00t, or any others advocate for something else, we can be flagged for “hate speech.” Just for advocating for rationality, dissent, and intelligence. Religious people must be having a field day.
The fact is that the war against religion continues, and now YouTube is allowing the religious to gain ground in the battle against science, evidence, skepticism, and reason. They are aiding them. They are mafia wives, who are whoring themselves out for ignorance.
It’s a sad day indeed, for those of us who simply want to be able to post our thoughts, in a forum that used to stand for something. YouTube is quickly becoming a joke. It’s truly a pity. And it hurts us all, by giving those who would hold progress back more power that they don’t need.
Until next time, a quote,
“But if an atheist like me, or thunderf00t, or anyone else gets on camera and says ‘no, that’s fucking stupid,’ we can be flagged for ‘hate speech?’ Flagged for hate speech for standing up for what’s true, what’s real, what’s verifiable? For standing up for rationality, and science, and empirical evidence? And skepticism? Does that make any sense to anyone?” -TJ Kincaid, YouTube vs. Atheism?