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Even Wikipedia Can't Be Pro-Islam Enough for Pakistan

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in response to reader comment: Desensitizing Muslims re criticism of Islam

Submitted by Catarina (United States), Feb 7, 2023 at 11:20

Woke fail: Pakistan bans Wikipedia as "anti-Islam"

Standing up for the freedom of speech is something that is certain to annoy the good folks in Islamabad. But now the same Pakistani government has taken aim at hyper-woke Wikipedia, accusing the Leftist Big Tech giant of hurting Muslim sentiments. How crestfallen they must be today in Wikipedia's San Francisco headquarters: for years they've been smearing critics of Islam and whitewashing Islamic doctrine and history, and this is the thanks they get.

The Associated Press reported Monday that the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority "blocked Wikipedia services in the country for hurting Muslim sentiment by not removing purportedly blasphemous content from the site." The Authority had given Wikipedia 48 hours to remove this allegedly blasphemous content, and when the online encyclopedia did not comply, they slapped on the ban. Malahat Obaid of the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority explained matter-of-factly, "Such things hurt the sentiments of Muslims."

Well, we can't have that. It must be nice to expect the whole world to cater to your hurt feelings and jump to remove the source of the hurt, but Malahat Obaid and her colleagues are likely so used to authorities in the West taking exactly that course of action that they're shocked Wikipedia isn't likewise rushing to make them feel better. For years, Wikipedia has followed the Left's warmly favorable line on Islam, which as a non-Christian, non-Western, and largely non-white religion checks all the boxes for something the Left would love. Add in the fact that Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, enjoined obedience to the ruler in virtually all circumstances, and Islam coalesces nicely with the Left's increasingly open authoritarianism.



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