NRB: Google, iTunes, Facebook All Censor Christian Views
If you think you can place overtly Christian content on the ubiquitous Internet giants Google or iTunes, think again. The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) has publicized its first report of the John Milton Project for Religious Free Speech, exposing how most web-based platforms censor Christian views. And it says the situation could get worse.
Written by Craig L. Parshall, senior vice president and general counsel for the NRB, the report, unveiled recently at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, catalogs what it calls “viewpoint discrimination by new media platforms and draw[s] attention to the censorship that is quietly (but firmly) taking hold.” It also suggests solutions, such as voluntary compliance with free-speech laws or, if that fails, federal regulation.
“With the sole exception of Twitter,” the report says, “the written policies of all of the other web-based communications platforms evaluated in this paper show a callous disregard for the free speech rights of users.” It says they clearly intend to prohibit “hate speech,” a vague, politically correct phrase that “has become a code-term indicating disapproval for the views of traditional, biblical Christianity, particularly regarding Christian doctrine related to issues like abortion and the orthodox rejection of homosexuality.”
To read the entire report online, go to tinyurl.com/nrbMiltonProject.