(Internet) Host Desecration Videos Online
Date of incident: September 30, 2008
Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance
Attack against: Faith
Area of case: Media
Several videos have been put online showing the Eucharistic Host, most sacred for Catholics, being desecrated by being stepped on, burned, stapled, smoked and nailed to a stick. After severe protests, YouTube removed the videos on Oct 2nd.An unidentified individual uses the online video post platform Youtube to put up videos on YouTube showing Consecrated Hosts being stepped on, burned, stapled, smoked and nailed to a stick. He fed the Holy Eucharist to animals, flushed the Host down the toilet, put one in a blender, shot one with a nail gun and more. On his page the blasphemer says : “From now on, one Eucharist desecration a day, and each day a different method. If they want blasphem[y], we'll give 'em blasphem[y].
”“I don’t know what to say,” said a stunned Msgr. C. Eugene Morris, professor of sacramental theology at Kenrick Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, when spoke about the videos. “I am outraged that YouTube is tacitly supporting this and giving this behavior an audience.”
The Youtube user with the most prominent videos claims, that he steals Consecrated Hosts and desecrates every single Host in a different way. He started his video series two months ago cutting a host in half, denying God and finally eating it in a disrespectful way.“
YouTube has to be held accountable and stopped,” said Thomas Serafin, president of the International Crusade for Holy Relics, an internet watchdog of Catholic laymen, from Los Angeles. “If Catholics don’t take a stand right now, they can expect such outrages to continue.”
Serafin continued: “The internet is, in many ways, a new world, and it is our duty to evangelize this world, but we have to speak up and be heard to do that.”
YouTube’s content policy restricts users from posting videos that contain hate speech or “shocking and disgusting” elements.“
We encourage free speech and defend everyone's right to express unpopular points of view,” YouTube’s Community Guidelines state. “But we don't permit hate speech (speech which attacks or demeans a group based on race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, and sexual orientation/gender identity).”
After receiving 18,201 petitions, YouTube removed the videos on October 2, 2008, and suspended the account of the author - but only for about a day. Then the videos were on YouTube once more - however only for adults.
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