The young liberal was arguing for gay "marriage" and claiming that, even with all things being equal, it was not a societal ideal that a child be raised by a married mother and father.
In fact, single parenting, gay parenting, "married sibling" parenting, even orphanages and foster homes are no less desirable or beneficial for a child than having a married mom and dad. As long as there is "love" in whatever unconventional situation a child is thrown into, and as long as one or more adults in the child's life are somehow performing the "roles" of mother and father (mothers and fathers being interchangeable, by the way), then all is well for the children of America, in her view.
Marti also asserted several times that the purpose of sex was clearly not procreation, but (almost exclusively) recreation.
As you can imagine, Stacy and I had a lot to say, and we challenged her philosophy.
(I did notice that some other liberals came on and were a bit nasty, but I was almost exclusively focused on the interesting exchange with Marti.*)
The next morning, I could not sign onto my facebook. I assumed there was a glitch, and tried several more times. Still no luck, and a message said to try again later, that there was a security issue. Finally, I was prompted to identify some photos from my friends' facebook albums, for security reasons, I was told. I had three attempts to identify correctly. I did so, but was told that I still could not sign on. I tried again later. Same drill, identified friends' pictures, still no luck.
Meanwhile, I began to receive private emails from my friends.
"So did you leave facebook?"
"What happened to your Facebook page?"
"Your whole page is gone."
"did you get rid of your facebook account?! did I miss something?!"
"What happened to your Facebook? I can't find you on there anymore! I think you may have been deleted or something! The reason I noticed is because in our messages to each other, your picture is gone and it doesn't say your name anymore...it just says "Facebook user". The only time I have ever seen this is when someone deleted their Facebook or I have someone blocked."
After about the fourth attempt at identifying friends' photos, I was taken to a series of pages informing me that I had had my account suspended for violating facebook's "community standards". One of my comments from the previous night's debate was displayed as the specific offending statement.
Are you ready to read the statement that got me locked out of the facebook community? Clear the room of all children. It's shocking, depraved, and ugly. No decent community could stand such a horror on display. Measures had to be taken by the authorities, and now you will see why. Brace yourself. Here is it:
I am sorry you all had to see that wickedness. I hope your eyeballs are not burning.
Seriously though, I was stunned. What the heck? That statement was innocuous, and it presented a view of things that was, until about five minutes ago, non-controversial and universally understood.
I scratched my head and read their "standards", trying to figure out which of them had been violated by my words. I still can't figure it out, can you? Have a look:
The statement below, which is tacked directly beneath the standards, only confirms for me that my account was suspended by a deliberate decision of the facebook police, and was not something reflexive or automatic. In fact, this statement only speaks of removing questionable content, not suspending entire accounts, so my horrible offense must have been among the worst of the worst:
After I clicked through my warning, my account was reactivated, and, being the rebel that I am, I immediately reposted the "offensive" statement on my facebook page, not once, not twice, but three times. heh heh heh. So far, no one's caught on, and I'm still allowed to roam the streets of social media -- though I must have been on probation for a day or so, as my comments were being blocked as spam on several friends' pages as recently as yesterday.
I'd ask facebook for an explanation of why the comment was censored and what rule it violated, but there's almost no way to get in touch with this shadowy panel of enforcers. Anyone out there who can get answers, I'm open to hearing it!
Meanwhile, beware, Catholics! Facebook doesn't seem to care for your Faith and your freedom any more than the Obama administration does. We aren't in Kansas anymore, Toto. It's a brave new world out there, and getting eerier every day.
*Marti was not the one who turned me in; she agrees that what happened to me was nuts. It must have been one of the other liberals, a "tolerant, open-minded" liberal, no doubt. ;)
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