Let’s welcome again the Dark Ages: Ang Prolife vs the so-called Culture of Death.

One of my Facebook groups pointed out the Ang Prolife partylist’s submissions of nominees for the 2013 Elections. The partylist aims to counter what it sees as the Culture of Death which “destroy and undermine the Pro-Life and Pro-Family values enshrined in the 1987 Constitution.”

Below is the partylist’s chapter declaration:

ANG PROLIFE (Party-List Organization) is an organization comprising a coalition of individuals and organizations committed to the Pro-Life and Pro-Family advocacy.

Its founders and members have been lobbying for the protection of LIFE and the Family in all its aspects and incidents, before congressional committees and public offices where they confront laws and policies that destroy and undermine the Pro-Life and Pro-Family values enshrined in the 1987 Constitution (such as continuing attempts to enshrine a Culture of Death in the Philippines through bills on divorce, euthanasia, abortion, birth control, reproductive rights, population control, and homosexuality).

We believe and affirm that ANG PROLIFE will be the first and only party list organization instituted with the primary objective and mission to Reclaim the Culture of Life in the Philippines through direct participation in the legislative branch of government, beginning with the forthcoming Elections in 2013.

Source: http://cbcpforlife.com/?p=7209

How this group equates divorce, reproductive rights, and homosexuality with the so-called “Culture of Death” makes me want to roll my eyes, except that doing so will not really do anything. This group wants to put several members in Congress and lobby to counter what they think of are “Anti-Life” bills and promote so-called “Pro-Family” values that will further make this country backwards and repressive.

I will not go into a rebuttal of why the group’s fear of divorce, reproductive rights and homosexual rights are fueled by conservative fear and perverted “family values” because people who are better writers than me have made better counter-arguments.

That post in Facebook mentioned several groups will mount a protest against Ang Pro-Life partylist tomorrow (June 20) at the COMELEC. Assembly time is at 12 noon at Chowking near Manila Cathedral. I won’t be able to join the protests in person, but I am encourage others who could join to participate, or at least spread word on how this group is working to curtail our civil rights in the name of misplaced “morality”.

PinoyG4M kicked out of Facebook.

Facebook removed the PinoyG4M fan page. Bern sent me an SMS last night, telling me the page was removed because of a reported violation.

This was in my homepage when I logged in to Facebook:

Your Page “pinoyg4m” has been removed for violating our Terms of Use. A Facebook Page is a distinct presence used solely for business or promotional purposes. Among other things, Pages that are hateful, threatening, or obscene are not allowed. We also take down Pages that attack an individual or group, or that are set up by an unauthorized individual. If your Page was removed for any of the above reasons, it will not be reinstated. Continued misuse of Facebook’s features could result in the permanent loss of your account.

If you need further assistance with this issue, please visit http://www.facebook.com/help/contact.php?show_form=page_disabled.

PinoyG4M logoLet me see: The page is not hateful, nor does it attack any individual or group. It was created by one of the site moderators, so it was not set up by some unauthorized individual. It seemed that it was threatening to at least person who reported it to the Facebook admins. I’m not too sure about obscene.

It’s true that the Facebook page is often used by Facebook users to post number and invitations for hook-ups, but that’s merely text. And there aren’t really any raunchy language used. Compared to lots of Facebook users that are not afraid of dying of pneumonia by the way they show a lot of skin in their photos, the PG4M page is actually pretty tame.

Here are the Facebook Pages Terms:

  1. Pages are special profiles that may only be used to promote a business or other commercial, political, or charitable organization or endeavor (including non-profit organizations, political campaigns, bands, and celebrities).
  2. You may only administer a Facebook Page if you are an authorized representative of the subject of the Page.
    Pages can only post content and information under the “everyone” setting.
  3. When you publish content or information to your Page we have no obligation to distribute your content or information to users.
  4. If you use a Like Box or similar widget off of our site to promote your Page, others will be able to copy and place the widget elsewhere.
  5. You may not place a Like Box or similar widget in an advertisement.
  6. If you collect user information on your Page, Section 9 of this Statement also applies to you.
  7. If you display any content on your Page that is an ad or could be construed as an ad, that content must comply with the ad requirements of the Advertising Guidelines.
  8. You may not establish terms beyond those set forth in this Statement to govern the posting of content by users on a Page you administer, except you may disclose they types of content you will remove from your Page and grounds for which you may ban a user from accessing the Page.
  9. You will restrict access to your Page in order to comply with all applicable laws. For example, if your Page includes content not suitable for minors, you will use your Page to block minors from accessing your Page.

Facebook has had a long history of seemingly homophobic content moderation, so I’m not so shocked that they removed our website’s fan page given that our website is targeted towards gay and bisexual men. But that does not mean I am fine with what they did nor will take this sitting down.

While I am still considering what is the best course of action to get an explanation why the page was removed, I decided it is easier, all in all, to create a new fan page instead of appealing to reverse Facebook’s decision. I will, however, demand to know on what grounds was the page removed.

Finally, I was able to get into Google+. I can’t wait for Google to open Google+ to the public so that I could slowly remove myself from Facebook.

Here is the URL to the new PG4M Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/PinoyG4M/162099133861855