A three-minute video criticizing the Muslim Brotherhood, jihad, and Sharia law was removed by YouTube on July 5 for “hate speech,” The Washington Times reported July 6. The video, posted by CounterJihad, a project of the Center for Security Policy, describes “civilization jihad,” an agenda of Islamists to impose Sharia in western nations by nonviolent means. The video can be viewed here.
Jim Hanson, Executive Vice President of the Center for Security Policy, said the basis of YouTube’s decision to censor the video was its own policy created to prevent the spread of Islamic State propaganda.
“I am stunned that the policy that YouTube developed for the express purpose of fighting Islamic State propaganda is now being used to silence critics of radical jihad,” said Hanson. “Instead of counteracting radical propaganda online, these policies are now being used to silence the very speech that YouTube said it wanted – speech that challenged ISIS,” he said.
The Center for Security Policy addressed the danger of “civilization jihad” at Proclaim 16, the NRB International Christian Media Convention, on February 25 in Nashville, Tennessee, at a lunch event, “Why the Jihadists Want to Take Away Our Freedom of Speech – And How Our Government and the Left are Helping Them Do It.” CSP President Frank Gaffney led the event, warning, “Jihad is here,” explaining the strategy of “civilization jihad.” Quoting from a booklet given to all attendees, “‘An Explanatory Memorandum’ From the Archives of the Muslim Brotherhood in America,” Gaffney said it revealed a secret plan for “destroying Western civilization from within.” Other speakers expanded on what Gaffney described as the “stealthy, pre-violent form of jihad,” that seeks to silence critics.
Responding to YouTube’s action, NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson said, “The irony would be hilarious if the stakes were not so serious. YouTube is censoring the very people who would defend its right to free speech anywhere in the world – and it’s doing so in order to not offend a movement that would shut down much of YouTube if it could. Paradoxically, YouTube is allowing itself to become a tool of the very ‘civilization jihad’ about which this video so accurately warns us.”
NRB’s John Milton Project for Free Speech has chronicled similar examples of free speech censorship on the internet. For more, see here.
By NRB Staff
Published: July 8, 2016