REPORT: Internet hate speech can lead to acts of violence

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The word hate formed with computer keyboard keys.

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(RNS) The Muslim Advocates report contains examples of hate speech and how it can lead to violence, as well as how victims of online hate speech can report it and counter it.

  • Kepha

    I demur. I do not like people stereotyping all Muslims “terrorists”, either; but would you class those who, on various Muslim-oriented websites, call people like me “Kufr” and accuse me of “shirk” as spreading “hate speech”? As a Muslim, would you condemn all who say that homosexuality is a sinful behavior as engaging in “hate speech”? There are people who would take things that far.

    I believe that people should be free to air their differences without threat of legal action.

    Let’s take more concrete examples. Muslims seem to believe that Maida 116 in the Qur’an gives an accurate picture of Christian Trinitarianism. But we do not see the Trinity as God, Jesus, and Mary, but as The Father, the Word (Son), and the Holy Spirit (the three sharing the one divine essence). Do we therefore have the right to sue every mosque that recites this ayat for slander or libel?

    Muslims seem to believe they give honor to Jesus Christ by denying that he died on the cross (Nisaa 157 in the Qur’an). But to us Christians, this contradicts much that we read in Old Testament prophecy and the whole of the New Testament, as well as the historical testimony of Christians (the New Testament and Church Fathers), Jesus’ Jewish enemies (Tractate Sannhedrin of the Talmud), and the Pagan Romans (Pliny the Elder)? How then can we not believe that Muhammad was seriously misled? Are we therefore to be condemned as those who “slander the Prophet of Islam” (in President Obama’s words), and another Seyfo launched against us, as back in 1915?

    And how are we to take those ayat that describe the Jews as kin of apes and pigs (Maida 60), so readily quoted by a Saudi dignitary in the wake of 9/11? Could not someone legitimately call those “hate speech”?

    Sure, there’s plenty of garbage on the net. But there’s also a wide-open forum for people to test claims of truth and falsity. I say that First Amendment protections for freedom of speech and the press must be applied to the net as well as to print and oral speech.

  • Assalamualaikum brothers and sisters, I found someone that keeps saying bad things and very misleading videos are posted against our Prophet Muhammad saw and Allah SWT and Islam it self. We need to move and counter act, cause this will give a bad name to all of us here is the link of the person and the videos he is posting continually, we need to stop him.

  • umair

    This page is very bad because It creates more discrimination between religions.