Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

7/2/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

'I'm politically incorrect and happy as a June bug,' Starnes declared on posting

There seems to be limits to free speech, at least on Facebook. Fox News reporter Todd Starnes made a cheerful post about Paula Deen, Jesus Christ and the National Rifle Association and found himself deleted from the social networking site. His Facebook post has since been reinstated, but an expected flood of controversy has greeted the incident.

Twitchy noted the irony of Todd Starnes' banning, considering the site permits pages calling for the murder of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer on trial for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

Twitchy noted the irony of Todd Starnes' banning, considering the site permits pages calling for the murder of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer on trial for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

7/2/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Celebrity

Keywords: Facebook, Todd Starnes, Paula Deen, freedom of speech


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "I'm about as politically incorrect as you can get," Starnes gushed on his Facebook page. "I'm wearing an NRA ball cap, eating a Chick-fil-A sandwich, reading a Paula Deen cookbook and sipping a 20-ounce sweet tea while sitting in my Cracker Barrel rocking chair with the Gather Vocal Band singing 'Jesus Saves' on the stereo and a Gideon's Bible in my pocket. Yes sir, I'm politically incorrect and happy as a June bug."

The post went viral, generating hundreds of comments. Facebook - which apparently has no problems with commentary from the far left -- claimed the post violated their rules and standards.

"We removed this from Facebook because it violates our Community Standards," Facebook told Starnes. "So you're temporarily blocked from using this feature." Facebook not only banned Starnes from posting, the site also prevented him from posting a daily Bible verse called "Morning Glory - Start Your Day Inspired."


The understandably perplexed Starnes expressed his dismay. "Does Facebook have a bigger problem with Jesus or plump juicy chicken breasts?" he asked.

An outcry from fans and supporters followed and Facebook lifted the ban and apologized.

"They said one of their staff members 'accidentally' removed the posting," Starnes wrote on his page. "'Accidentally on purpose,' as my grandfather used to say!" one person responded on Facebook. "Glad to be part of this God-fearing, America-loving front porch!!"

A number of other Facebook users expressed support for Starnes and his message. Facebook declined comment.

Starnes noted that this is not the first time Facebook has punished conservatives for little to no reason. Facebook punished Florida blogger Diane Sori earlier this year for a link to a beheading picture she never posted. A rule that holds all administrators responsible for what any administrator posts regardless of the circumstances.

Twitchy noted the irony of Starnes' banning, considering the site permits pages calling for the murder of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer on trial for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

Other social networking sites like Online Fiends and United Patriots have sprung up, and a Facebook event calls on users to stay off the social media giant on Independence Day.

With Facebook's alleged role in the NSA's spying on U.S. citizens, it appears to be a very bad year for Mark Zuckerberg's creation .


---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for February 2015
General Intention:
That prisoners, especially the young, may be able to rebuild lives of dignity.
Missionary Intention: That married people who are separated may find welcome and support in the Christian community.



Comments


More Celebrity

Leonard Nimoy, Mr. Spock of original 'Star Trek,' dies at 83 Watch

Image of Even if you weren't a

By Troy Dredge, Catholic Online

Even if you weren't a "Trekker," one who obsessively follows the TV series "Star Trek" and all its permutations over the years, there was no escaping the character of Mr. Spock. A member of the Vulcan race, Leonard Nimoy played the gaunt-faced, pointy eared and ... continue reading


Cartoon voice artist, announcer of 'Rowan and Martin's Laugh In' Gary Owens dies at 80 Watch

Image of The role of a voiceover artist is typically an anonymous one. Such was not the case for radio disc jockey and talk show host Gary Owens. Suave and debonair, one hand covering his ear, Owens' rich baritone speaking voice made him a natural for repeating inane nonsense.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The role of a voiceover artist is typically an anonymous one. Such was not the case for radio disc jockey and talk show host Gary Owens. Suave and debonair, one hand covering his ear, Owens' rich baritone speaking voice made him a natural for repeating inane ... continue reading


'World's Most Understood Poet' Rod McKuen dies at 81 Watch

Image of Rod McKuen read and sang his poetry in his distinctive hushed, throaty style he had honed after an early life as a rock singer cracked his natural tenor.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

His name raises ire among all so-called serious practitioners of "serious literature." Talk show host Dick Cavett once declared Rod McKuen as "the world's most understood poet." From his most famous poem, "Listen to the Warm:" "You have to make the good times ... continue reading


Edward Gorey's 'dreadful' storybooks continue to delight readers of all ages Watch

Image of Edward Gorey was an eccentric American artist and author who left behind well over a hundred books by the time of his death in 2000.

By Troy Dredge, Catholic Online

American illustrator Edward Gorey, who died in 2000 at the age of 75, left behind an endearing legacy of "not quite right" storybooks enjoyed by children and adults. His stories were set in a gloomy netherworld that called to mind Victorian England, Edwardian ... continue reading


Adorable overload: If the Golden Globes was held in preschool... Watch

Image of George Clooney and his new wife Amal Alamuddin in tiny form.

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The red carpet can sometimes be the most exciting part of an award show. Celebrities gather together in their best outfits, ready to impress and pose for pictures. This year's Golden Globes brought out the best in some big-named celebrities. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading


Actor Rod Taylor, star of Hitchcock's 'The Birds' dies aged 84 Watch

Image of Rod Taylor is probably best known as a masculine, if mother-dominated man pursued by playgirl Tippi Hedren prior to an avian apocalypse in director Alfred Hitchcock's

By Troy Dredge, Catholic Online

Actor Rod Taylor was frequently cast as a macho man of action. He is probably best known as a masculine, if mother-dominated man pursued by playgirl, Tippi Hedren, prior to an avian apocalypse in director Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" in 1963. He has died of ... continue reading


Donna Douglas, Elly May Clampett on 'The Beverly Hillbillies' dies at 81 Watch

Image of Donna Douglas spent nine seasons as Elly May, one of the main characters of the hugely popular

By Troy Dredge, Catholic Online

Many pop culture Web sites list Donna Douglas' character of Elly May Clampett as the single most eligible bachelorette in TV history:  "gorgeous, super wealthy and dumb." Douglas never minded being identified with that pop cultural figure, even if her TV and ... continue reading


'Gilmore Girls' actor Edward Herrmann dies at 71 Watch

Image of In the 1980s, Herrmann played the mild-mannered and moderate single man who revealed as the leader of a group of vampires in

By Troy Dredge, Catholic Online

While he played countless movie roles, actor Edward Herrmann was best known for the seven years he spent on the popular TV series "Gilmore Girls." Herrmann has lost his long battle with brain cancer at the age of 71. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "Besides ... continue reading


It's time to SMILE! Here's a fresh dose of optimism from Astronaut and hero, Chris Hadifeld Watch

Image of Canadian Astronaut, Colonel Chris Hadfield (ret.) has a message of optimism for the new Year.

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Few Americans know the names of the legendary astronauts that paved the way into space. Fewer still know the names of the space-faring heroes who fly today, still pioneering our first steps into the cosmic sea. However, Chris Hadfield, Canada's top aviator and one of ... continue reading


Just left the building: Remembering those who've left us in 2014 Watch

Image of The tragic suicide of manic comedian Robin Williams sobered many of his longtime fans about the

By Troy Dredge, Catholic Online

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel," author Maya Angelou once said. Angelou, to quote a euphemism, joined the choir invisible this year - leaving her literary ... continue reading


All Celebrity News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Deuteronomy 26:16-19
16 'Yahweh your God commands you today to observe ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 119:1-2, 4-5, 7-8
1 How blessed are those whose way is blameless, who ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 5:43-48
43 'You have heard how it was said, You will love ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for February 28th, 2015 Image

St. Hilary, Pope
February 28: Pope from 461-468 and guardian of Church unity. He was born in ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter