At the beginning of the year, I posted about how Twitter has permanently banned me.
Four days ago, I was scrolling through my Facebook news feed to discover that filmmaker Brendon Marotta, author of the award-winning circumcision documentary film American Circumcision has also been banned. He wrote about his situation in his blog.
Brendon's circumstances seem to be similar to mine; I feel as though I didn't break any rules, at least intentionally, and whenever I try to appeal to Twitter or contact someone there, all I get are automated responses.
I feel that I was censored for daring to question organizations such as the AAP, ACOG, PEPFAR, the WHO, UNAIDS, USAID, JHPIEGO, and the like regarding male infant circumcision and the mass circumcision campaign happening in Africa under the purported pretext of "HIV prevention."
Now, there are many reasons why I dislike our president. I honestly can't believe he is in office, and would like nothing more than to see him be removed this November.
However, even a broken clock is right twice a day, and I find I actually agree with him taking on social media platforms on censorship, threatening to remove their protections if they keep censoring people.
Censoring dissent for daring to question and criticize authority and/or otherwise sacred cows is what China and North Korea do. I feel our country may be headed in that direction, and I commend the president for bringing attention to this and trying to do something about it.
Male circumcision being a case in point, it is completely possible for what are supposed to be respected medical authorities to disseminate misinformation that results in needless harm and the violation of the most basic of human rights.
That platforms like Twitter and Facebook are taking the liberty to censor any individual or organization that dares question authoritative medical organizations such as the WHO and AAP, and demonstrably prove that they are disseminating misinformation ought to concern intactivists.
Social media platforms are mistaken if they think they've won, though.
"Shit floats," as the saying goes.
Circumcision advocates may have won a temporary battle in silencing us by banning us from social media platforms, but the truth can't be hidden forever.
The truth is like the sun and the moon; they can't be hidden forever and eventually make their existence known, plain and obvious for all to see.
Being banned from Twitter means more people will want to see Brendon's film.
More people are going to find out about this, America's little secret, thus raising awareness of what goes on 3,000 times a day in this country.
If anything this actually helps our cause.
It's truly sad to watch those fond of upholding lies as they are eaten alive by the mouth of the truth.
While currently lies prevail regarding male circumcision, sooner or later, the truth must be known.
And then, like the sun and the moon, it will be plain, obvious and undeniable.
“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.”~Buddha
"Truth suppress'd, whether by courts or crooks, will find an avenue to be told."
"You can fool some people, some of the time, but you can't fool all the people all the time."
"Do nothing secretly; for Time sees and hears all things, and discloses all."