It Makes No Censorship

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Romans 8:18

As if having to deal with cancer treatment last week wasn’t enough, I spent 24 hours in Facebook jail.

All for checking in to the hospital.

I swear I’m not making this up.

I checked in on Facebook at 5:20 ish last Wednesday morning, noted my location of the hospital and said “Let’s Kick this Pig.”

The phrase originated with Harley Davidson owners ask they started their bikes. It’s also been used in football references and by Kelsey Grammer in Down Periscope.

Several years ago when I was in the hilariously funny Play On! At Chamberlayne Actors Theatre, our director would end every pre-show cast meeting with “Let’s kick this pig.”

Apparently none of those references were sufficient for the Facebook overlords.

I posted when I was on the way home from the hospital. And I posted a graphic for National Dog Rescue Day early Thursday morning.

When I went back to Facebook, I had a notification that my check-in at the hospital “Violated Community Standards.” I was given the option to agree or disagree with that judgment.

Being of sound mind, I disagreed.

Of course I disagreed. An entire medical team spent a good portion of the morning before up my backside.

They did not find my head.

I was immediately thrown into Facebook jail and could not post or comment for 24-hours.

I have to believe it was bot and not a live person because I cannot accept the fact that someone so culturally illiterate might be running our social media.

Even if they are running our country.

Too soon?

My friends, I fear that its perhaps too late. But that’s another post.

I’m not the only person that this has happened to. I’ve heard from friends on the left and the right who have had similar restrictions.

True, I’d gotten a couple of warnings for memes I posted in the past year.

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Memes. Both were hysterically funny.

But somebody’s underoos got in a wad.

It’s highly frustrating.

I grew up in the 70s where everything was offensive and we liked it that way.

But because people feared the Orange Man, we’ve all become too sensitive.

Regardless of your politics, Donald Trump was not banned from social media because he said outrageous or untrue things. He may indeed have done that. But he was banned because he was also exposing a good deal of hypocrisy, and our social media overlords, in collusion with left-leaning politicians, couldn’t handle the truth.

We’ve become a nation of cottonheaded ninnymuggins.

I no longer portray a political or social media warrior on Facebook, or anywhere on the Interwebz for that matter. I used to.

I use Facebook for keeping in touch with friends, literally friends around the world. I use Facebook for promoting my writing, for promoting my work as Santa, for promoting the theater.

On the rarest of occasions, as noted above, I’ll post something that hints at politics, but is generally funny in a bipartisan way. Even with that, I’m quite careful.

My check-in at the hospital pushed none of those buttons.

Before it was removed over 100 people had liked or commented, offering prayers and support. That’s all gone.

Sure, I’ve appealed to the Oversight Board. They’ll likely never see it.

Sure, Facebook is free and they can do whatever they want.

Sure, there’s no cure for stupid.

I don’t have a solution. Just frustration.

And a determination to continue to speak out against censorship, even if I don’t like what you’re saying.

Join me. I can’t fight this battle alone.

In other words, “Let’s Kick this Pig.”

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the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.

Numbers 6:24-26

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