Sunday, 12 October 2008


I had an email from a friend this morning alerting me to the fact that YouTube (that immensely useful resource) is far from being friendly towards us. Apparently it has removed a video it considers offensive to Islam, called Welcome to Saudi Britain, which urges viewers to petition the government not to permit sharia law in Britain. However, it has refused to remove 43 videos (yes, 43!) which show desecration of the Blessed Sacrament in various ways—including flushing a Host down a toilet.

The email suggests that we pray before the Blessed Sacrament in reparation. Good idea.
Also, we should mark the videos as 'offensive' and state why. The person who has posted [at least most of] them has the user name 'fsmdude'.

In my case I will certainly pray in reparation, but you must forgive me not going to see those videos. I don't think it would be good for me.


Jane said...

Father, thank you,

In full agreement with your last paragraph. As I'm isolated here and cannot be before the Blessed Sacrament very often, I will make spirital Communions.

In the meantime, as you indicate, we can still be grateful for the many positive things available on YouTube.



Anonymous said...

I am certain that this decision by YouTube is entirely due to cowardice. The media at large is terrified of criticizing Islam because of death threats. The Rushdie case demonstrated the problem. YouTube knows that there is no likelihood of a violent response from Christians and legal action for blasphemy is now virtually impossible.

John Kearney said...

Thank you for posing this, Father. I used You Tube quite a lot, from time to time, downloading for my blog but as a pastime I compose songs and upload them. When it was obvious that You Tube had adopted a could not care less approach towards a young hooligan who finding himself famous went on to do even more ghastly things, I immediately cancelled my Account. I send regular protest e-mails to You Tube I am so gald someone else in Britain is interested.