As reported yesterday, the English Defence League website has just been taken down by its provider, presumably due to a posted article about the Koran’s instructions for relations with infidels.
The service which hosted the EDL until yesterday was 1and1. It’s hard to know for certain why the company decided to pull the website, but we can make an informed guess by looking at 1and1’s General Terms and Conditions of Service:
First of all:
6. CUSTOMER OBLIGATIONS
The Customer shall:-
Ensure that it complies at all times with all relevant laws and obligations including but not limited to any licence under the Act which is applicable to the Customer and all related laws in any territory in which the Customer is situated or in which the Customer’s Website may be accessed or made available.
And then a little further down:
The Customer shall NOT:-
send, transmit, make available, copy, retransmit, broadcast or publish (whether directly or indirectly) in whatever form any data, information or contractual rights, material or statement which infringes the Intellectual Property Rights or contractual or statutory rights of any person or legal entity or the laws or statutory regulations relating to defamation, contempt, blasphemy, infringement of privacy or personal data rights and any equivalent or related laws in any territory in which they are or may be accessed or made available; [italics added]
As regular readers know, Muslims consider it blasphemy for non-believers to quote the Koran or publicize the truth about Islamic doctrines. So the blasphemy clause might very well explain the action taken by 1and1.
But why didn’t they at least have the courtesy to notify the EDL of their decision? Here’s a possible explanation:
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The Company reserves the right to terminate this Agreement without notice upon any of the following events:- (a) the Charges and/or Additional Charges are outstanding for more than 20 calendar days; (b) the Customer is in breach of his obligations as set out in Clause 6.1.4, 6.1.5, 6.1.7, 6.1.9, 6.2.2, 6.2.3, 6.2.4, 6.2.5, 6.2.6, 6.2.7, 6.2.8 and 12; (c) the Customer fails, despite prior warning to remedy a breach of Clause 6.2.7. [italics added]
OK, now I get it. This is a digital-age version of Catch-22, which says that they don’t have to show you the Catch.
That’s some catch, that Catch-22.
Mind you, 1and1 doesn’t have any problems hosting www.bintjbeil.com, one of Hizbullah’s affiliated sites. Business is business, right?
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Also: a little backgrounder on the company (pdf).