I've just discovered a most egregious example of hate speech on YouTube, in the profile of one DCancerVirusVoid. Unfortunately, YouTube's convoluted reporting system only allows me to report videos, not profiles, and so I have no way of turning him in.

With that in mind, I've decided to post a text-only video on YouTube to bring attention to the situation and (I hope) get the offending text removed.

Since I'm new to this whole lobbying thing, I'd like to get some critique on the script I have written before I put it out. I'd like to know, among other things, if it is easy to understand, doesn't sound too whiny, and if there's anything anyone would like to add or remove. Any advice - or a simple "no, it's good as is" would be greatly appreciated.

The current script is as follows:

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Hate speech is defined as follows: Harsh, derogatory, or insulting comments or claims about an individual or group based on skin color, belief system, nationality, and/or gender/sexual identity.

In spite of this, there are certain categories of hate speech that are largely ignored when they appear. One such category is hate speech against atheists.

I am an atheist. I will admit this readily and without regret. But please do not assume that, because I am a member of the offended party, I am complaining without cause, or acting in an overly sensitive manner to the things that were said.

But there is a certain level - that which crosses the hate-speech threshold - that I will not tolerate. That no one - not atheists, not Christians, not gays or Scientologists - should tolerate.

DCancerVirusVoid has crossed that line. His YouTube profile has this to say about atheists:

(screenshot:) "Atheists are all complete idiots. Atheists embody hypocrisy, stupidity, ignorance, and gullibility."

Some might argue that that statement is not hate speech. That it really isn't all that derogatory or insulting. Or that, since he is only expressing his opinion, he is protected by free-speech laws.

This claim is nothing less than fallacious and absurd. Consider if he had chosen to say this:

"Christians are all complete idiots. Christians embody hypocrisy, stupidity, ignorance, and gullibility."

Would there be any doubt in anyone's mind that this constituted hate speech? That it was an over-the-top, malicious statement? There would be a firestorm, across YouTube and the rest of the internet. Christians of every denomination would cry out, ensuring that the offending individual was immediately banned from YouTube. In addition, he or she would be shunned by the religious and disowned by a large portion of the atheist community.

I am not asking that DCancerVirusVoid be banned, shunned or disowned. I am merely asking two things:

(1) that YouTube provide an on-site system for reporting hate speech outside videos, and

(2) that DCancerVirusVoid remove this and certain other statements, in which he asserts that atheists are "pathetic" and "blind", from his profile. An apology would be appreciated as well.

This is not a matter that affects only atheists. Every group or individual who has enjoyed the protection of hate-speech laws should be concerned when these laws are violated.

To demand your own protection, then turn a blind eye when someone else becomes the victim, is nothing short of hypocrisy. That is why I now ask you - the viewers of YouTube - to lend your support. To deal with this offense, and to provide better protection for all hate-speech victims, I ask you to raise your voices.

You may contribute in any way you see fit - by rating and commenting on this video, by posting a video, or by sending a letter to YouTube or your local newspaper. Blog about it if you like. Let the world know that everyone - not just Christians or Jews or gays - can be victims of hate speech. Speak in support of tolerant, respectful discourse to and between all parties.

I ask this in particular of the Christians, of whom DCancerVirusVoid is a member. I understand that his comments do not represent the majority opinion, but others may not. This is an ideal opportunity for Christians to speak up for themselves and demonstrate the values that they stand for. I do not demand that you agree with my beliefs, but I request that you support my right to have them.

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Thank you very much.

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Honestly, I don't think the quotes from his profile are hate speech. I've seen statements that are just as bad or worse on this very website that talk about religious people. I would consider it hate speech if he advocated violence against atheists or something like that, but saying that we're dumb is just his opinion based on the beliefs he holds. So, I guess I don't see a point in calling attention to him. He probably wants attention anyway.
I have to agree with Laura on this one. I'm sure there is worse out there that would qualify as hate speech, but I don't think this one makes it. I've seen videos from Christians, Muslims, and Atheists on YouTube that say about the same thing about various opposing beliefs (or lack of belief).

It's impossible to have intelligent discourse on YouTube. Most likely your video would just result in a flurry of ignorant, truly hateful, comments under the video and on your profile.
I'm all for supporting a good fight; but I'm in agreement with Laura and Matthew, I don't think that really qualifies as hate speech in "policy enforcement terms."

From YouTube's policy (bolding mine):

"Hate speech" refers to content that promotes hatred against members of a protected group. For instance, racist or sexist content may be considered hate speech. Sometimes there is a fine line between what is and what is not considered hate speech. For instance, it is generally okay to criticize a nation, but not okay to make insulting generalizations about people of a particular nationality.
Let me emphasize that paragraph a little differently:

"Hate speech" refers to content that promotes hatred against members of a protected group. For instance, racist or sexist content may be considered hate speech. Sometimes there is a fine line between what is and what is not considered hate speech. For instance, it is generally okay to criticize a nation, but not okay to make insulting generalizations about people of a particular nationality.

If his quote doesn't qualify as an insulting generalization, I don't know what would.
True, it is an insulting generalization, and might qualify under YouTube's definition, but I wouldn't characterize it as hate speech myself. Just an ignorant, bigoted statement.
I'm not weighing in whether or not it qualifies as hate speech. I only check out youtube if someone directs me there for a particular reason or posts videos from it. I don't know what's considered acceptable or not on there.
That said, if you do decide to send it in, I'd be interested in the response you receive. Please keep us updated.
Hmm... in light of that, I think I will tone down the message a bit. Calling him out on bigotry will probably make a better impression than calling him out on hate speech (which, I'm sure, would cause at least a few people of accusing me of being a "whiny atheist".)

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