Priest Was Temporarily Suspended from Facebook for This Post on Islam

Fr. John Higgins

A California priest Fr. John Higgins posted on the Facebook page of his congresswoman Rep. Lucille Royal-Allard, a Democrat. On May 23rd his post was deleted and he was suspended from Facebook for a week because of it.

Read the post, what do you think?

“I wrote Facebook several times,” Fr. Higgins told ChurchPOP, “explaining that this post was just history. Of course there was no response.”

Fr. Higgins serves as the pastor of St. Raymond Parish in Downey, California and as the chaplain of his local fire department.

Greg Stone, a friend of Fr. Higgins who does work for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles on conflict resolution, wrote a lengthy Facebook post about the suspension, calling for Facebook to honor its pledge to not censor different viewpoints. The post was widely copied and re-posted around Facebook.

“It is horribly ironic that the very week Islamists murder scores of innocents,” Stone’s post read in part, “—young girls at a pop concert in Manchester, Coptic Christians in Egypt, and Catholics in the Philippines—Facebook suspends the privileges of a respected clergy member for posting an academic synopsis regarding Islamic history. FB spikes the very information the community needs to understand current events.”

Stone’s post was banned from Facebook also.

On May 30th, his week-long suspension over, Fr. Higgins posted again on Facebook: “I’m back. That was a week? LOL”.

Mark Zuckerberg likes to say he doesn’t censor the right-wing. Perhaps it’s safe to say that the good congresswoman and Zuckerberg don’t want to hear it.