Pat Condell – YouTube video on Sharia Law reinstated

It is not only Hollywood celebrities that are accused of hurting people’s sensibilities when it comes to religion (Natalie Portman). Pat Condell, a comedian who has been featured on Richard Dawkins Website, had his video on Sharia Law flagged by users and complained about by Muslim Groups when posted on 30 September. YouTube have reinstated the video stating:

“YouTube is a platform for expression of all kinds. Our Community Guidelines prohibit speech that promotes or encourages hatred or violence towards certain groups or individuals, and the video was flagged by our community on that basis. Upon further review of the context of Pat Condell’s comments, we’ve reinstated it.”

Richard Dawkins welcomed the decision:

I congratulate YouTube on an excellent decision. Pat Condell is hard-hitting, but always quietly reasonable in tone. That some people say they are ‘offended’ by something is never a good reason for censoring it. Incitement to violence is. Pat Condell never incites violence against anybody. He always signs off with “Peace” and he means it.

Freedom of speech can not be limited based solely on people saying they are offended. There is a huge difference between not respecting ideas and inciting hatred and violence towards people. That distinction needs to be kept in mind and free citizens need to be vigilant against that distinction being eroded at the cost of all  our civil liberties.

Here is the video:

Sign the Petition: Stop Islamic Sharia Law being used in Great Britain

10 Downing Street Petition Stop Sharia Law

[N.B. Only British Citizens can sign these petitions – the first one runs out today; the second one 1 January 2009 – thanks to Stephen Gash for comment]


Archbishop up holds Sharia Law in England – a critique of what he said

The circular argument – the con artist (features Pat Condell video on atheism at bottom)



Filed under Dawkins, Humour, Religion

2 responses to “Pat Condell – YouTube video on Sharia Law reinstated

  1. lennymaysay

    I could not agree more. I posted an essay just on Thursday, this week about censorship and banning, not knowing about the banning of Pat Condell’s video.

    It’s great news though that YouTube/Google have relented and re-instated the video.

  2. Stephen Gash

    The old petition finished today and rose very quickly to 24th on the list of most-signed on the 10 Downing St site. The anti-sharia community did not pick up on it till late on.

    However there is a new peition

    which ends on 1/1/2009 so let’s see if we can promote it to achieve a million signatures. This petition refers to the recent introduction of sharia courts in England so will fire people up to sign.

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