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Charter of Morality

Please sign the petition here: http://bit.ly/charterofmorality

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To,
Google, Inc – CEO/ Chairman and Founders.

To remove all videos from YouTube that insult Abrahamic religions.

We the citizens of the world want Google, Inc to remove all videos from YouTube that insult, degrade, conduct satire in any form whatsoever upon the prophets, the revered figures and disciples of the prophets in all Abrahamic and Monotheistic religions of the world.

In addition we ask Google, Inc to create a ‘Charter of Morality’ for itself that dictates its behaviour in line with the sensitivities of its potential 7 billion user base.

Google, Inc with its many products has become an integral contributor to the world.
While on the one hand it empowers individuals to become informed and actionable citizens of the world, it has also initiated a major change in the social fabric on a global scale that now the company needs to stand up and take active responsibility for.

A significant and positive innovation brought about by Google, Inc and its founders now beacons them to take responsibility for a visible shift in global social behaviours.

Religions are beliefs and lack of religious belief is also a belief.
People’s beliefs and related sensitivities should be extremely important to a company that drives its success and growth off their support and appreciation.

We the citizens of the world compel Google, Inc and especially its founders, Mr. Larry Page and Mr. Sergey Brin to step up and act in creating an actionable ‘Charter of Morality’ for their company.
A charter that defines their role as a global entity in serving the needs of a better and peaceful world and one that does not contribute to its ills and exacerbate the fires of hate and disharmony within its diverse social makeup.

The old rationale for ‘Freedom of Speech’ does not fit into the makeup of an exponentially connected and intertwined global society supported and nurtured as a result of Google’s technologies. A society now composed of a diversity of interconnected views, overlapping many belief systems across many cultural and social differentials.

While Google, Inc stands to gain appreciation for their innovative role, they also shoulder the grave responsibility for managing the unique social dynamics that it has brought about the world over, and as a major benefactor is also directly responsible for any ills caused due to a lack of that responsibility on their part.

Refraining to take action in this matter in the stipulated manner – incriminates Google, Inc and its founders ‘Immoral’ in our eyes and we shall hold you liable for creating and progressing disharmony within the masses of the world.

Google, Inc and its founders can take direct action right now.
We the citizens of the world demand you to take responsibility and do your enormous part in bringing back social balance.

“Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful”. Source: Google Company Overview

Prove that Google’s mission is to ensure peace in the process of serving its mission, because otherwise it does more harm to the world than it does good to it.

Sincerely,
Citizens of the World

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Please sign the petition here: http://bit.ly/charterofmorality

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Update (26 September 2012)

A confidential feedback feature added to the petition: http://bit.ly/charterform

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Update (21 September 2012)

CNN’s video shared.

http://cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2012/09/21/exp-google-wont-remove-anti-islam-clip.cnn

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4 Comments»

  Nineteenfifteen wrote @

You’re throwing free speech under the bus, this is protected by the United States Constitution. I for one will not bow before the demands of any religion as I find them innately divisive, immiserating, and hideous. Just remember one thing before you delete this comment, it is because of the secular values of the founding fathers found in the United States Constitution that you are even able to speak your mind- heed your own advice and don’t tell others what they can and cannot say. You are just a man and no religion is exempt from criticism and the opinions of others. Censorship is not going to change the fact that there are fundamentally different worldviews colliding on the same landscape. You want to sacrifice free speech because it insults the faith of individuals willing to slaughter and kill unbelievers, apostates, and non-Muslims? The petition should be FOR FREE SPEECH, not for Muslim apologists and religious moderates to censor the internet and degrade, erode, and disfigure secular values and free speech.

With love,

  mirmoiz wrote @

Dear Friend,
I respect your perspective. Here is mine.

Free Speech is not simply a law in a secular constitution, it is a Human Right.
“The right to freedom of expression is recognized as a human right under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and recognized in international human rights law in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Article 19 of the ICCPR states that “[e]veryone shall have the right to hold opinions without interference” and “everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice”. Article 19 goes on to say that the exercise of these rights carries “special duties and responsibilities” and may “therefore be subject to certain restrictions” when necessary “[f]or respect of the rights or reputation of others” or “[f]or the protection of national security or of public order (order public), or of public health or morals”.[1][2]” Source: Wikipedia

I point at the need for moral control of an individual or an organization that needs to be exercised in the practice of this human right.
We are always permitted to steer our cars in whichever direction we deem necessary at any time, but we choose to be mindful or unmindful of that right depending, if we are on a highway or on open ground!

Society is not a single organism that thrives against one set of rules. It is a collective of many variances that need to work in harmony to exist.
It makes sense to discus the disharmony of multiple world views but before a consensus is built, it is not right to mock others!

Killings anywhere are not a matter of religions but the lack of human values that is growing as we speak. Basic human values are going under the bus in actual fact. Morality is what can save us all from ourselves. It is a better pursuit to agree upon an international moral code before we pursue our personal freedoms and its capacity to wreak havoc.

If you read closely, you will see that it is not a one side wins and the other side looses argument.
Rather a major point of thought to create a platform for the exercise of free speech as a fundamental human right for all in the world, alike.

  Nineteenfifteen wrote @

You seem to hold a rather lax interpretation of the first amendment, which I myself do not subscribe to. It says what it says and it means what it means, again you’re calling for ‘restrictions’ which are not found in the US Constitution. There is no discourse that is not subject to criticism, revaluation, and change- the very fact that religious groups can ever issue themselves a license of ignorance (their faith) does not mean they are exempt from difference. You seem to predicate your assumptions on tolerance, well I do ask you how long we can tolerate the intolerant?

You either have free speech or you don’t, freedom of speech not freedom from criticism. Again, you seem to be driven by some moral relativism in this case- but I assure you that ‘respect’ can never be given and must always be earned. Has Islam, Christianity, or Judaism garnered any modest respect? I dare say not.

  mirmoiz wrote @

They had in the past and they will in the future.
How many people do you feel enjoyed that respect over the past thousand years at least?

Do you feel earth evolved in its diversity over night?

Balance is a key. Criticism was never a problem, mocking others out of a frustrated need to win has always been the problem alone.

You and I should change that!


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