The exchange happened on page of a local news channel, regarding whether yoga should be taught in public schools. The question was, "is it too spiritual?" A discussion ensued, in which a poster named Mollie said, "This country was founded on Christian beliefs," and "If you have to [sic] much of an open mind this is how satan gets in and plays mind games on us." I responded to Mollie with this:
As you can see, I opted to screen-capture the image that came up when I next attempted to log back into Facebook. The next screen informed me that I was suspended from the site. Apparently, all someone has to do on Facebook to boot someone else from the site is to report their speech as offensive. I do realize my first amendment rights were not violated: Facebook doesn't have to adhere to that, only the government does. Yet this is clearly censorship.
Are people's religious beliefs really so fragile they feel they have to hunt down and silence those who have a different view? Surely nothing I wrote was so offensive to warrant this action. I am certain many Christians would actually agree with my points—as might people of many faiths, or no faith.
And I can do nothing, apparently, to object. I cannot defend myself. There was no review process. Mollie (or someone) complained, I was booted, the end. I will be "allowed" back tomorrow, presumably with my head hung low, chastened, silent, compliant.
I will not feel chastened, I assure you.
*Note: I edited this a bit to reflect more clearly that my account was suspended, not permanently blocked.