Youtube is practicing ideological censorship. Yesterday, they suspended the James Randi Educational Foundation’s account. For those of you unfamiliar with the JREF, it is one of the leading skeptical organizations worldwide. James Randi, a former professional magician (“The Amazing Randi”), has authored numerous books exposing the hypocrisy, deceit, and harm of many paranormal practitioners (including, famously, Peter Popoff, the faithhealer). He was a frequent guest on the Johny Carson Lateshow and has appeared many times on Larry King, debunking the likes of Sylvia Browne and James Van Praagh.
For ten years, the JREF has sponsored a $1,000,000 challenge to anyone who can demonstrate unambigously their paranormal abilities under clearly defined, but not excessive, controlled procedures. So far no one has won. And all the famous psychics have refused to try (Sylvia Browne even agreed to do so on Larry King five years ago, but has not followed through).
To me, Youtube’s actions are simply unacceptable, especially given all the wacky stuff they do permit to be seen.
So, I encourage you to check out the JREF yourself and if you are opposed to Youtube’s actions, let them know. The Youtube video below is being circulated virally, and I encourage you to do that too, along with the instructions beneath it that tell you how to let Youtube know you are not pleased!
http://www.google.com/support/youtube…Scroll to the very bottom and click on “new issue”
Select “suspended account” from the options and express your opinion.