The Satanic Temple this week announced litigation against Twitter, alleging religious discrimination related to the suspension and lack of account verification. Its statement to supporters details the matter:
Marc J. Randazza of the Randazza Legal Group, PLLC, representing TST for this case further stated: “When Twitter installed its Orwellian-named ‘Trust and Safety Council,’ free speech advocates sensed immediately that this would become a censorship board. However, none of us could have predicted exactly how discriminatory and arbitrary Twitter would be. Twitter has decided who it disfavors, politically, ethnically, and religiously, and they get significantly less free expression rights on Twitter than its favored groups. Enough is enough. Satanists are equal to any other religious adherents under the law and deserve to be treated equally. If Twitter disagrees, then it should be prepared to explain why its ‘Trust and Safety Council’ believes that it should favor one religion over another – consistent with the Civil Rights laws.”
You may recall the law firm from its defense of neo-Nazis, use of anti-Native American slurs, and CodePink. More on this case soon, surely.
Earlier this year, Behemoth issued an in-full performance of its legendary album The Satanist, recorded in its home country before a live crowd. Messe Noire is the resulting audio/visual package and the results are quite stunning if you enjoy Behemoth. “O Father O Satan O Sun” and other classics are featured, of course, as its the band’s usual theatrics. Get a preview here:
This month’s question, which is more of a discussion, is quite long so I will keep the intro brief. If you’re reading this blog then there’s a high likelihood that you’re no stranger to Twitter. And if you’re on Twitter then it’s a safe bet that you have seen your share of arguments, venting, rants, drunken photography and some very heated debates. In fact, it’s more likely that you have seen any of those things than actual positive debate and academic discussion. So, without further ado:
“As a user of Twitter, it’s not uncommon to see vitriol being spit in any and all directions. In fact, it seems as if Twitter has become a sort of empty cavern into which users can scream their 140 character (or less) criticisms. Do you engage in online arguments and if so, do you put any sort of limitations or guidelines on those interactions? Do you specifically avoid confrontation on Twitter and, if so, how do you go about avoiding that conflict? Do you think any of the argumentativeness on Twitter is productive? How could Twitter better be utilized as a forum for intellectually progressive discussion?”
It’s an interesting exercise to reflect on your life and your decisions. Especially the way you choose to treat and view those around you. I’m now thirty-five years young. And, being old(er), truly does bring a sort of wisdom and perspective. I assume when I’m in my fifties I will have even more of both. But for now thirty-five years is all I have. So it is with that experience, wisdom and perspective that I make an admission: I’ve been a gigantic, narcissistic asshole for the better part of my life. Continue reading
It’s time for Episode 39 of The Horns Up Podcast, your weekly catch-up on all things metal!
This week, the guys discuss new albums from Thulcandra, Hæthen and Misthyrming, Dan describes his experience at last week’s Eyehategod show in Brooklyn, Corey laments the winter weather assault that’s been plaguing greater New England–multiple times!
All that and much, much more in Episode 39, so check it out!
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