I admit that I am fairly wanton in my acceptance of Facebook friends. Since it’s my primary mode of communication and sharing with my friends and followers, I’m happy to pretty much accept anyone who isn’t harassing me. More hits on my blog, more attention to me, etc.
While the vast majority of strangers who friend request me are atheists, I’ve noticed that I’ve been getting a lot of requests from strangers who are Muslims. No other religious denomination, just Islam. I didn’t think too much of it — they could be people who were curious about what I was saying or maybe were in the closet atheists in inhospitable areas or they were trying to convert me. All of which were OK with me. I did a little digging and discovered that these people have friended en masse a lot of other atheists that I am friends with.
The weird thing is that none of them really comment on my page or engage with anything I say. I guess they just want their posts to show up in my News Feed, but I am pretty heavy with my “Don’t Show Me Posts” powers, so a lot of people disappear soon after friending me. Yesterday I got a friend request from someone with over 100 friends in common with me and today she showed up in my News Feed:
Uzma Rathore: I don’t want to come across as harsh but i request those of you who are Islamophobics to kindly remove yourselves from my friends list as being a practicing Muslim, i won’t allow anyone to disrespect my religion. I removed a particular individual from my friends list just now due to the same reason. Cheers.
What’s she doing going around friending all these atheists if she’s just going to tell us to unfriend her. MAKES NO SENSE.
So, strangers, why are you friending me?
EDIT: Apparently asking why she friended so many atheists is islamophobic hate speech. Fascinating.
I have absolutely no idea how many atheistic Islamophobic mad hatters i have added to my friend’s list out of sheer ignorance since i don’t deem it necessary to confirm individual religious beliefs prior to sending out friend requests but i am getting negative vibes about this whole thing. I just removed two women from my friend’s list who were propagating religious hate speech on my wall notwithstanding my persistent requests to not disrespect my religion. I wonder how some people can be so unreasonably adamant !