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I’d like to thank everyone for their support. I never imagined that the petition would gain so much attention. However, this whole situation has been a large misunderstanding between myself and the administration.
I never meant to shed Paradise Valley in a negative light. PV is an accepting community of diverse students and staff. I have met with my principal and this situation has been resolved.
The misunderstanding was completely on my end of things. Again, thank you all for your activism and support.
Leading Swedish newspapers namely The Dagens Nyheter newspaper and Expressen tabloid on Wednesday March 10, 2010 published a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) with the body of a dog by a caricaturist who was the target of an assassination plot by Muslims arrested in Ireland. They defended the fact that it's freedom of expression.
It is also purposed that amendment in the constitution of Swedish Government is also going to take effect from 1st Jan. 2011 clearly stating in the Freedom of the Press Act and the Fundamental Law on Freedom of Expression that agencies and other public bodies are prohibited to take action against anyone exercising their freedom of the press or freedom of expression. It is also proposed that there be a penal provision for more serious violations of this prohibition. Equivalent rules are to apply to local government enterprises.
Nick Gisburn's video on YouTube, which consisted entirely of English translated quotes from the Qur'an, was deleted. His accounts have been deleted and he has been banned to ever use YouTube again. Recently, YouTube argued that they deleted his video due to copyright infringement, the guidelines for which are significantly unclear due to the loose definition of "fair use." However, Nick was misinformed that the videos and account were deleted for inappropriate content, as opposed to copyright violations.
This petition has been written in the spirit of free speech to get Nick back on YouTube based on the misinformation he was given, his resulting innocence in these series of events, and his value to the YouTube community.
This group exists for the small, but vociferous, minority of atheists, deists, and agnostics at Marist College that are tired of their constant misrepresentation here. It's our objective to begin putting a face on our personal beliefs, to commit ourselves to assisting those in need, and demand equal representation alongside Campus Ministry.
Our organization, that should be applying for club membership with College Activities this Spring, should be respectful of all religious beliefs, and be ambassadors of our spiritualities as model members of the Marist community.
Let's show everybody that atheists, agnostics, and deists are capable of doing good things, just not necessarily in the name of God.
"Good People, Doing Good Things...Just Because."