Facebook To Ban Religious Posts, Memes After Criticism From Atheism Groups

Mark Zuckerberg, Founded Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg, Founded Facebook

In a closed-door session with shareholders on Tuesday, Facebook executives wheeled out a set of new rules which, when implemented later this year, will ban their users from creating status updates and image posts related in any way to religion, while also vowing to disband groups and take down pages with religious goals or affiliations.

Facebook will introduce their new rules in three waves. The first will see religiously-themed pages being removed, as well as religious groups, private or otherwise, being disbanded. The second wave will prohibit the posting, sharing, and general distribution of religious images and memes; images asking Facebook users to pray, or encouraging them to believe in one or any religion, will be banned, with warning messages and even account suspensions for those who repeatedly attempt to violate the rule.

The third and biggest wave, which is due to come near the end of the year, will impact regular Facebook users themselves, with new filters which will seek out status updates that use “religious keywords,” such as “Jesus,” “prayer,” “Church,” or “God.” Facebook staffers will read flagged status updates to determine whether they should be removed or not, with warning messages and suspensions going out to those who violate the rule.

Not all religious content will be banned from Facebook, though. Paid advertisements for religious organizations, services, and events will still be allowed. Also, promotional pages for movies, books, and video games with religious themes will be exempt from the new bans, though what Facebook refers to as “primary religious texts,” such as the Bible, The Torah, and the Quran, will not be given this exemption.

The new anti-religion rules come after several waves of protests from atheist and agnostic groups, who claim user-created religious content is offensive to them and, as one group put it, “promotes generation after generation of forceful indoctrination into their belief systems, which we do not want our children exposed to.”

“For years, religious groups have been allowed to spread their propaganda on Facebook and other social media sites freely, so this is a huge win for thinking people everywhere,” says Amber Wallace, founder of the American Atheist Coalition, the group that led the charge on the new Facebook changes. “Religion is fraudulent in nature. I consider this a win not for atheists, but for humans of free will everywhere. A life without religious dogma is definitely a life worth living.”

Atheist author John Rush says the new rules will end one of Facebook’s most nefarious double-standards. “Last year, Facebook announced `satire’ tags for satire websites, and this week, they announced a new war on `hoax sites,’ like Daily Currant or The Onion. They say they want to ban hoaxes and get them out of News Feeds. But what about religion? That’s the greatest hoax ever carried out on mankind, but you didn’t see anyone at Facebook taking a stand, not until now anyway. It’s nice to see an end to their hypocrisy, at long last.”

But Facebook users of faith aren’t thrilled about the new rules. “When is Facebook going to realize that it isn’t their job to police their social network?” asks Reverend Mike Weis, who plans to file a lawsuit over the bans. “There’s such a thing in this country as freedom of speech. Facebook isn’t obligated to the first amendment, but we, as users, should expect it of them. Blocking content because some minority of users finds that content offensive is the exact antithesis of what this nation of ours was founded on. And  that means, in the very least, that Facebook is about as anti-American as a website can get.”

What Next?

Related Articles

240 Responses to "Facebook To Ban Religious Posts, Memes After Criticism From Atheism Groups"

  1. Dene James says:

    Atheists and their views offend me. Apparently though I do not have the right to state that.

  2. Mike says:

    Facebook can not do this. Facebook is all about money,and interfering with freedom of speech,and religion. Shame on you Facebook. If this is true plan on going to court and losing tons of money.God Bless.

  3. Terry Heller says:

    A they offend me just as Muslim sharia law offend me besides that you cannot break the law or 1st amendment.

  4. Judith Giramonti says:

    Why don’t they take down the bullies and harassers instead? I have reported many people for this and it comes back it doesn’t go against the rules. Well here’s a news flash you have kids committing suicide because of the bullies on facebook. I have said many times that its like an adult Romper Room. I have been the victim of bullying myself on facebook and I am disabled. WTF is wrong with people?

  5. we can’t say nothing about them or they get offended ….well they ALL offend me and many others…but we have to deal with them….NOT fair we have to bow down to them …

  6. Nita says:

    Ok Christians, time to speak UP….. If the Atheist don’t like what Christians are posting DON’T READ IT, we DON’T like all the negative views AGAINST God, Jesus Church either. Just scroll on through ad be done with it. OH SWEET JESUS what is This World Coming too. Without God NO ONE would be here. NOPE NOT EVN THE MONKEYS that School teaches We as the HUMAN RACE came from.

  7. chrissy says:

    there is a great alternative for facebook. seen.life it doesnt sell your information and there is freedom of speech

  8. Mark A Cragin says:

    This is a travesty – discrimination of the worst and most offensive kind.

    Atheists offend me enormously – I find their point of view repugnant in the extreme, and totally resent having their philosophy shoved down my throat on Facebook and other internet sites.

    Their demands that all traces of religious expression be expunged from the public square are frankly absurd, given the history of the United States.

    What is really needed is to remove all evidence of the demonic atheistic philosophy from all aspects of our National Life. This sort of play is antithetic to good order and decency.

    One only has to look at what the atheistic regimes of the 20th century have done in the name of their philosophies. Millions murdered because these fools recognize no power higher than their individual selves.

    Neither Facebook nor any other entity operating in the public arena has any right to ban the publication of any free exercise of religious practice and expression, which is clearly the intent of these announcements from the young fool Zuckerberg. He’s showing himself to be a malignant narcissist like his hero, Obama.

    If these bans are actually implemented, I for one will never use FB again, and will attempt to convince as many people to do likewise

  9. Concerned Christian says:

    If one wants to be free from certain content why not you as a user block that content so you don’t have to see it. They say Christian content offends them, so it is true even for us Christians that their point also offends us. They claim also works with us, so should we also file our own suite, this is just the devil at work and Facebook is the chosen tool. Our God doesn’t lack solutions He provides plenty of solutions. Whether they like it or not what they don’t want to hear they will still hear. At the stoning of Stephen the tried to close their ears but that didn’t stop them from hearing the gospel. Even now they will still hear the word with more power than ever before. We praise and thank God for His love in Christ Jesus for His Grace in Christ.

    Atheist you will still hear the good news and by its power many of you will also be saved in the name of Jesus Christ. Your battle is not against man but God. Saul thought to do the same you are doing today but him was persecuting Christians when Christ appeared to Him Christ asked why He was persecuting Him. Know that you are fighting God and persecuting God and know one fights God nor persecute and expect to win that battle. You will lose for the day will very soon catch up with you.

    Will be heading for mighty crusades near your areas and you will hear what you don’t want to hear. Jesus is LORD & KING and so lives forever and ever

  10. juanjo says:

    This is all well and good but you do realize the claimed event did not happen and this story has been going around for just over 2 years and there is obviously no attempt by Facebook to block and posts by religious people or atheists for that matter.

    • KevG says:

      Dude, search for a FB page called God or Absurdity reloaded. This is going real.

      • Juanjo says:

        Kev – that page loads and displays. The fact is that there is NO attempt to ban religious people from posting religious superstition simply because it is religious drivel. The netire meme is based upon a series of satirical posts put out by a website. One claimed this and the other claimed the exact opposite that atheist Facebook pages would be banned. The weak minded idiots on both sides immediately started screaming which proves the old adage about fools.

        You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time. Abraham Lincoln

    • It is happening to me it started yesterday

  11. saqib says:

    Alhumdulillah I am Muslim but I don’t think that it will be a good act. Banning will ban the chances of their correction too. However, the policy to regulate the used language should be strict. All persons either they belong to any group, Atheists,Muslim,Jews, Christians,Hindu etc should take care of the feelings of other persons. Liberty of speech does not the liberty to spread hate speech

  12. Elliander Eldridge says:

    Facebook won’t let me quote Mark Twain’s book, “Letters from the Earth” because it is critical of Christianity, yet I see religious Christian posts all the time on Facebook. It’s been a year and the only banning I have seen is to block content that is critical of Christianity, as part of what looks like an official pro-christian agenda.

  13. They have already been deleting my Christian statements etc since yesterday when I submitted a post to senators to stop the bathroom laws. I can’t receive anything Christian either they deleted it

  14. Juanjo says:

    Bull shit. You do realize your religion says it is a sin to lie.

Leave a Reply

Submit Comment