Motion: YouTube should Have Taken Down the Inflammatory Anti-Muslim Video
Oct 2, 2012 · 7:00 PM
Commonwealth Club - Boardroom
Full Motion: This house agrees that YouTube should Have Taken Down the Inflammatory Anti-Muslim Video, "Innocence of Muslims."
Google was asked by The White House to take down the low-budget anti-Muslim film "Innocence of Muslims". It had triggered deadly protests throughout the Muslim world. Google refused, citing its own guidelines regarding hate speech (though it later took down the video in Egypt and Libya, due to what it called the “very difficult situation” in those countries). Was Google right to reject the White House’s request? And should the White House have asked in the first place?
* When innocent people are losing their lives, the Right to Life should take precedence over the Right to Freedom of Expression.
* The film was made deliberately to cause unrest, hatred and even death, those with such damaging intentions should not be given a soapbox from which to spread their hate.
* The long-term effects of this film could put national security, and the safety of our armed forces, in jeopardy.
* This US made film is firmly protected by the First Amendment.
* Just because the speech is protected does not mean those making the speech are shielded from criticism.
* Insult does not justify violence.
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