Thursday, September 9, 2010

Webhosting Firm, Rackspace Pulls Website of Church That Wants to Burn Korans for Hate Speech Violations

The small church responsible for the “Burn a Koran Day” protest, which has not yet burned any Qurans, has had it’s website pulled by one of the nations largest webhosting providers, Rackspace.

"We have terminated them as a customer of Rackspace on Wednesday," he said.

Goodgame said officials from the web hosting firm had spoken with Jones on Wednesday afternoon and informed him that he had until midnight to migrate to another site after complaints about "hate speech."

"It was a fairly short conversation in which we reminded him of the accepted use policy," Goodgame said. "He (Jones) said he intended to still post his anti-Islamic messages."

We’ve heard of losing your site over piracy or pornography, but political correctness is a new one.  We can’t help but wonder if sites hosting the works of Danish cartoonists or linking to Slate’s Christopher Hicthens might also find themselves on the wrong side of what Rackspace deems as acceptable speech…

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

The small church responsible for the “Burn a Koran Day” protest, which has not yet burned any Qurans, has had it’s website pulled by one of the nations largest webhosting providers, Rackspace.

Why the change in spelling from koran to quran? You quoted the Florida Church's slogan correctly, but then reverted to a more exotic spelling when you added your own two cents.

Old Fart said...

Rackspace is a private company. They can offer (or deny) service as they see fit according to the terms of service.

The church can get webspace from an individual or company that agrees with the stance of the church, or buy their own servers and post whatever the heck they want.

Easy.

James said...

Of course they have a right. Their network is their network. But we also have a right to not utilize Rackspace's services or any site that chooses to use Rackspace.

I don't support the church's protest, but I do support his right to do so.