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Saturday, 14 July 2018

14 July 2018. Pakistan Supposedly Banned Me… For This…

This image is supposedly “blasphemous” to Muslims according to Pakistan (at least, that’s what WordPress is saying). Do note that it doesn’t reference Muslims at all!

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Here is the full text of what WordPress sent me:

Important legal notice regarding your WordPress.com site in Pakistan

Support <legal@wordpress.com>

13 Jul 2018, 08:36
A Pakistan authority has demanded that we disable the following content on your WordPress.com site:

https://02varvara.wordpress.com/

Unfortunately, we must comply to keep WordPress.com accessible for everyone in the region. As a result, we have disabled this content only for Internet visitors originating from Pakistan. They will instead see a message explaining why the content was blocked.

Visitors from outside of Pakistan are not affected.

You and your readers may be interested in these suggestions for bypassing Internet restrictions.

For your reference, we have included a copy of the complaint. No reply is necessary, but please let us know if you have any questions.

— Begin complaint —

Dear WordPress Team,

I am writing on behalf of Web Analysis Team of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) which has been designated for taking appropriate measures for regulating Internet Content in line with the prevailing laws of Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

In lieu of above it is highlighted that few of the webpages hosted on your platform are extremely Blasphemous and are hurting the sentiments of many Muslims around Pakistan. The URL’s mentioned are clearly in violation of Section 37 of Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, 2016 and Section 19 of Constitution of Pakistan.

The below mentioned websites can be found on following URL’s:-

  1. https://iamiranaware.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/mohammed-tp2.jpg
  2. https://iamiranaware.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/mohammed-tp3.jpg
  3. https://iamiranaware.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/mohammed-tp1.jpg
  4. https://iamiranaware.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/mohammed-tp5.jpg
  5. https://georgeknightlang.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/cartoon2581.jpg
  6. https://iamiranaware.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/mohammed-tp4.jpg
  7. https://ronaldwederfoort.wordpress.com/2016/04/20/the-quran-admits-allah-is-satan-must-watch-2016/
  8. https://drunkenllama.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/hate-comics-00431.jpg
  9. https://02varvara.wordpress.com/2012/05/04/4-may-2012-some-images-and-one-orthodox-christian-womans-thoughts-upon-them/00-political-cartoon-05-12-american-way-of-war/
  10. https://drunkenllama.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/hate-comics-081.jpg
  11. https://iranebikaran.wordpress.com/tag/%DA%86%D8%B1%D8%A7-%D8%A8%D9%87-%D8%AD%D8%B6%D8%B1%D8%AA-%D8%B2%D9%87%D8%B1%D8%A7-%D8%A7%D9%85-%D8%A7%D8%A8%DB%8C%D9%87%D8%A7-%DB%8C%D8%B9%D9%86%DB%8C-%D9%85%D8%A7%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D9%BE%D8%AF%D8%B1/
  12. https://doctorbulldog.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/mohammed-cartoon.jpg?w=443&h=324
  13. https://doctorbulldog.wordpress.com/2008/02/09/more-pious-muslims-riot-over-mohammeds-caricature/
  14. https://windsorcoactforamerica.wordpress.com/2014/03/08/islam-is-a-religion-of-pedophilia/

You are requested to contribute towards maintaining peace and harmony in the world by discontinuation of hosting of these websites for viewership in Pakistan with immediate effect. We will be happy to entertain any query if deemed necessary and looking forward for your favorable response at your earliest.

Regards

Web Analysis Team
— End complaint —

Knox | Community Guardian | WordPress.com

Here is the full post that Pakistan supposedly complained of. Nothing in this post references Muslims. NOTHING. I never even mentioned Muslims in this post, so how could this be “blasphemy?” Indeed, I’ve been supportive of Muslims in general, as anti-Islamic hysteria is against my faith as an Orthodox Christian. Look at the following images that I’ve posted on the referenced blogsite:

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Nothing that I’ve ever posted has been anti-Muslim. Indeed, I stand against anti-Islamic bigotry and agitation. I’d advise WordPress to investigate this. Nothing in the referenced post attacked or even mentioned Islam. It DID criticise American aggression in Afghanistan. Therefore, this could be a scam or a badly-disguised effort by the US government to silence critics.

WordPress! Shame on you. You cravenly went along with something without investigating it. I have nothing but contempt for such pusillanimous behaviour. I could understand it if I were Breitbart or The Daily Stormer. Note well that this occurred after I attacked The Daily Stormer and Maxine Waters. I can only shake my head in amazement. An American enterprise folds in the face of a groundless complaint…

Let God see and judge…

BMD

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