A decision by Facebook to ban a peace-loving quote by St. Augustine of Hippo, a Catholic theologian and philosopher from the 5th century, has one Catholic writer scratching his head.
Noticing that two priest-friends had been censored by the social media giant for posting the saint’s pastoral advice, Massachusetts pro-lifer Dominic Bettinelli published the same words to his Facebook wall on Friday. Then he, too, got a warning that the post went against Facebook’s “Community Standards on hate speech.”
The quote Facebook deemed so offensive is as follows:
Let us never assume that if we live good lives we will be without sin; our lives should be praised only when we continue to beg for pardon. But men are hopeless creatures, and the less they concentrate on their own sins, the more interested they become in the sins of others. They seek to criticize, not to correct. Unable to excuse themselves, they are ready to accuse others.
Well, pretty much the same 'facebook jail' happened to me, although I was not quoting st. Augustine, but merely provided a historical reference to swastika use in Soviet Russia, after 1917 and up until 1924.
So the recent history is a "forbidden knowledge" according to our corporativist overlords and their helpful algorithms. Why exactly is it forbidden? I guess it casts a shadow upon socialism as such - socialism that our ruling elite tries to promote for the masses, not for themselves, sure.
And why exactly st. Augustine quote is deemed hate speech? Because it proclaims the essential crumminess of mankind. Which is against the Leftist policies of inflating individual ego of every deeply flawed human being and running a narcissistic totalitarian sect with aspirations for world domination.
Nothing is wrong with you, you are beautiful as you are - they keep telling every marginalized cockroach. Just crawl out of your woodwork and we'd give you power and money and place on Earth, taken from them oppressors. In fact, the more grubby you are, the better! Your mere presence will help us to take power from these deplorables. If they dare to dislike you, we'd call them bigots or worse.
Anything that threatens to prickle that bubble of artificially inflated ego or even encourages self-examination and self-correction or an appeal to any authority except the State and its officials is indeed, "hate speech", threatening to destroy the Leftist totalitarianism.