‘Big Tech’ is being used to enforce Sharia Law. What could possibly go wrong with that?
Google has just approved an app that would allow Muslims to report those that ‘blaspheme’ the prophet Mohammed or insult Islam.
This move erodes the uniquely American concept of Freedom of Speech.
The app, ‘Smart Pakem‘ is currently available in the Google Play App Store. The app was launched in Indonesia at the request of the Indonesian government. The largest population of Muslims in the world is in Indonesia. Over 12 percent of the 1.8 billion Muslims live in Indonesia — approximately 227 million people.
The app would allow users to report individuals who hold views that violate Islamic law, such as acknowledging other religions besides Islam, blaspheming the prophet Mohammed, and ‘insulting’ Islam.
What could possibly go wrong with this?
We need to look no further than the Asia Bibi case in Pakistan where a Christian woman was beaten, arrested, and sentenced to death for drinking a cup of water from a well and ‘contaminating’ it. She was also accused of blasphemy when she said that she believed in Jesus Christ.
But, you will also recall the free speech event in Garland, Texas in 2015 that included a ‘Draw the Prophet Mohammed’ Contest ended with two people shot and killed because it was considered ‘blasphemous’.
We all know that cartoons of Mohammed have been the cause of tremendous violence in recent years, and protests against the suggestion of holding such contests — even in nations where there is (allegedly) free speech causes outrage in predominantly Muslim countries thousands of miles away.
Back in 1989, we learned what a ‘Fatwa’ was because of a novel that was written by Salman Rushdie that Ayatollah Khomeini deemed ‘blasphemous’ and issued the order for Muslims to kill Rushdie with an initial reward of $1,000,000.
When you consider that, how could an app that reports people who ‘blaspheme’ possibly be approved by the ‘Big Tech’ overlords?
Well, it’s not like they’ll put you to death in Indonesia for blasphemy — it’s just years of your life in a third world — oops! — developing world‘s jail.
Indonesia’s criminal code prohibits blasphemy, which is defined as “the act or offense of speaking sacrilegiously about God or sacred things”.
The Code’s Article 156(a) targets those who deliberately, in public, “express feelings of hostility, hatred, or contempt against religion”. The penalty for violating Article 156(a) of Indonesia’s criminal code is a maximum of five years imprisonment.
Source: Big League Politics
Yes, that seems completely justified, doesn’t it?
It’s a good thing that Google removed the ‘Don’t Be Evil’ from its code of conduct earlier this year, because, whoa, Nelly! This is some pretty wicked stuff.
But hey, don’t think it’s just Google that’s having all the pro-Sharia fun — Canadian journalist and editor, Anthony Furey, was told by Twitter Legal that one of his years-old tweets was in violation of two of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws.
Section 295 B concerns defiling the Qur’an and the punishment can be as severe as life imprisonment. Section 295 C focuses on derogatory content about Muhammad. That one comes with the death penalty.
Wow. Okay. So what was the offending tweet? I clicked on the link. It didn’t redirect to any dubious site. Instead, it pulled up a tweet I had made several years ago when I had posted a collage of cartoons of Muhammad. Looking back, I remember I did it right after there had been an ISIS-inspired attack in retaliation over the cartoons.
Unsettling? I’ll say. A powerful global tech giant has just told me the Pakistan government has its eye on me for an offence punishable by death.
Source: Toronto Sun
Can you imagine receiving a notification like that from a Big Tech company?
Nothing like a platform that serves as the new public square letting you know that you’ve violated blasphemy laws in a country that you aren’t subject to the rules of, amirite?
This is the issue with these international companies that are ‘platforms’ and not publishers. They must somehow walk that line of pleasing their customers (in this case, easily-offended Islamists,) and the rest of us that want open platforms and free speech. They’re all doing the same thing with China.
I wonder if an app that reports ‘blasphemers’ is considered ‘hateful’?
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