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Faithful Demand YouTube Remove Host Desecration Videos

Once again, YouTube is allowing videos showing brutal attacks on consecrated Hosts and Catholics around the world are petitioning the site to remove them immediately.

America Needs Fatima and are reporting on the latest batch of highly offensive films detailing various ways to desecrate a consecrated Host.

In “How to Desecrate the Host 1: Butane Torch,” viewers are told within the first 14 seconds that a “real host acquired from a Catholic Church” would be featured. The film goes on to depict a host being held in a needle-nose plier while an off-screen person lights a butane torch and burns it to a crisp.

The video was posted on YouTube by a user named HostDesecrator. This same user posted two more videos describing equally heinous ways to desecrate a consecrated Host.

“Is this not pure malice…silent, brutal, and straight-to-the-point?” asks Robert E. Ritchie of America Needs Fatima.

As he points out, YouTube’s own Hate Speech Policy disqualifies these videos from being hosted on the site.

The policy reads: “We encourage free speech and try to defend your right to express unpopular points of view, but we don't permit hate speech. Hate speech refers to content that promotes violence against or has the primary purpose of inciting hatred against individuals or groups based on certain attributes, such as . . . religion . . .”

Judging by the comments listed under the offensive videos, that are “so offensive and rabid against Jesus and the Holy Catholic Church” that Ritchie cannot repeat them, these remarks demonstrate to any reasonable person that “these host desecration videos have the primary purpose of inciting hatred against the Catholic religion.”

Therefore, they have launched a petition drive to get the videos removed.

Addressed to YouTube CEO, Susan Wojcicki, the petition reads: “Please enforce your hate speech policy and remove from your site HostDesecrator’s videos showing intentional desecration of hosts of the Holy Eucharist. These videos quite clearly violate YouTube hate policy by “inciting hatred against individuals or groups based on certain attributes, such as: …religion. YouTube should not be a platform for bigotry of any kind, against Catholics or otherwise.”

The petition has already acquired 71,999 of its 75,000 signature goal.

As Ritchie points out, a few years ago, when 55 videos depicting the desecration of the Eucharist were posted on YouTube, a similar petition drive was successful in getting the videos removed.

“And now it is time to speak out against sacrilegious videos once again,” he said.

Click here to sign the petition!

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