Do statements made by Böll, Camus and Heine violate Facebook’s terms of use?

The opposite of well done is often well meant!

I understand very well that Facebook wants to act against hate speech. What some users of this social network puke up – sorry, I can’t express it otherwise – is quite disgusting. Nevertheless, I feel uneasy reading about what Facebook considers hate speech: speech against religions!

If I criticize people because of their skin color, that’s racism; I can understand very well that Facebook wants to prevent that.

If I criticize people because of their sexual identity, that’s sexism; I can understand very well that Facebook also wants to prevent that.

However, criticizing a person because of his beliefs and ideologies is called enlightenment! The Enlightenment is one of the greatest achievements of mankind! Preventing this form of criticism is nothing more than tyranny!

Religions are ideologies. Many people can’t decide under which religion they will be raised, but as soon as they grow up, they can use reasoning to decide whether to continue living by such a belief in part or even at all.

If Facebook fully intends to enforce their definition of hate speech, then the following people will have to be banned from Facebook because their writings constitute hate speech against Christianity:

Friedrich Nietzsche:

“The Christian faith from the beginning is sacrifice, the sacrifice of all freedom, all pride, all self-confidence of spirit; it is at the same time subjection, self-derision, and self-mutilation.”

“Christianity is the greatest misfortune of humanity.”

“Only Christianity has the devil painted on the wall of the world; only Christianity has brought sin into the world. The belief in the remedy which he offered, however, is now gradually to the deepest root shaken. But there is still the belief in sickness, which he has taught and disseminated.”

“I condemn Christianity; I bring against the Christian Church the most terrible of all accusations that an accuser has ever had in his mouth. It is, to me, the greatest of all imaginable corruptions; it seeks to work the ultimate corruption, the worse possible corruption. The Christian Church has left nothing untouched by its depravity; it has turned every value into worthlessness, and every truth into a lie, and every integrity into baseness of soul.”

„I call Christianity the one great curse, the one great intrinsic depravity, the one great instinct of revenge, for which no means are venomous enough, or secret, subterranean and small enough – I call it the one immortal blemish upon the human race.”

“The Christian idea of God is a crime against life.”

Bertrand Russell:

“My own view on religion is that of Lucretius. I regard it as a disease born of fear and as a source of untold misery to the human race.”

“The worst feature of the Christian religion, however, is its attitude towards sex — an attitude so morbid and so unnatural that it can be understood only when taken in relation to sickness of the civilized world at the time when the Roman Empire was decaying.“

“For religions grow old like trees unless reformed from time to time. Christianity of the existing kinds has had its day. We want a new form in accordance with science and yet helpful to a good life. “

“You find as you look around the world that every single bit of progress in humane feeling, every improvement in the criminal law, every step toward the diminution of war, every step toward better treatment of the colored races, or every mitigation of slavery, every moral progress that there has been in the world, has been consistently opposed by the organized churches of the world.”

„I am myself a dissenter from all known religions, and I hope that every kind of religious belief will die out.”

“Christianity has been distinguished from other religions by its greater readiness for persecution.”

“The assertion that Christianity has an uplifting effect on the morale, can only be maintained if you ignore all the historical evidence or falsify it.”

“The Christians assure us that their religion is a religion of love, but the adoption of Christianity by Constantine did nothing to reduce war, and in our day, many of the most fanatic warmongers are Christians.”

Heinrich Böll:

“German Catholicism is lousy and dirty in appearance, stupid and brazen in its methods.”

Heinrich Heine:

“If your right eye offends you, pluck it out. If your right arm offends you, cut it off. And if reason offends you, become a Catholic.”

Thomas Jefferson:

“Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions. Ideas must be distinct before reason can act upon them; and no man ever had a distinct idea of the trinity. It is the mere Abracadabra of the mountebanks calling themselves the priests of Jesus.”

“In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty.”

Albert Camus:

„Morality exists. Immoral is Christianity.”

Jean-Jacques Rousseau:

“Christianity preaches only servitude and dependence. Its spirit is so favorable to tyranny that it always profits by such a régime. True Christians are made to be slaves.”

Most of these statements paint all Christians with the same brush using such phrases as „polluted“, “depraved” and „fanatic“. Nevertheless, these statements were made by honored scholars; their writings are inseparable from enlightened thought. Others, however, regard these writings as nothing but insults and blanket judgments. Had there been Facebook during their lifetimes and a bunch of Christian prima donnas reported those statements to the Facebook administration, those statements would most likely had been deleted.

(Translation: William Wires)

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