“Because of this God gave them over to shameful lusts.”
Is what you have just read “hate speech?” And if it is, should that speech be banned from the public square? Or from being uttered in private, for that matter?
Constitutionalists fear the politically-correct crowd is working toward seeing speech they do not like or approve of prohibited in American society. While some may scoff at the notion, it was just last year that the state of Georgia fired a man, Dr. Eric Walsh, employed by the state, and demanded he turn over his sermon notes because it didn’t like something he said in church, as lay pastor.
Two years prior, the city of Houston made headlines when its Mayor similarly demanded pastors turn over their sermons for the city government to inspect. Those pastors got lawyers and sued the city amid a massive public outcry. Mayor Annise Parker, the city’s first openly gay mayor, withdrew the request.
Now comes the story of Elizabeth Johnston. Johnston is a Christian homeschooling mom, and social media warrior, having tens of thousands of followers on her conservative Facebook page, “The Activist Mommy.”
Being banned by Facebook is nothing new for most conservatives with an appreciable audience on the social media site. (I (Derrick Wilburn) am banned on Facebook at this very moment…for the second time this year alone).The Christian Post tells the story of how Johnston earned her time in Facebook purgatory — not for something that she said or wrote — but merely for quoting something said or written hundreds of years ago and now appears in the Bible:
“A Christian mother is accusing the social media giant Facebook of censorship after her account was suspended over posts on what the Bible says about homosexuality and sin.Elizabeth Johnston…told The Christian Post on Tuesday that Facebook suspended her account earlier this month because she wrote about how Leviticus condemns homosexuality as “detestable” and an “abomination.”
Johnston said the comment in question was posted over six months ago in a long thread of comments that was in response to another Facebook user who claimed that Christians are hypocrites for condemning homosexuality but being willing to eat shellfish and pork.”
The post was removed on Feb. 9 and Johnston’s public “The Activist Mommy” Facebook page, which has over 76,000 followers, was frozen for a period of three days. She was alerted that her comment on homosexuality was removed because “it doesn’t follow the Facebook Community Standards.”
“Facebook Community Standards.” So now the Bible doesn’t meet community “standards?” What those who desire such “standards” do not understand is that while they may be fine with denying others free speech rights concerning things they’d rather not hear or read, the shoe will one day be on the other foot. If you succeed in shutting down a Christian’s free speech ability to discuss biblical definitions of sin, you have set a precedent that can equally be applied to Dianetics, the Quran, Book of Mormon, even An Inconvenient Truth, Star Wars or Pokémon.
Just because you don’t like it doesn’t mean it should be prohibited.
Want to have your mouth clamped shut by liberals? There’s no faster method than to challenge the LGBT community or agenda. Especially if you attempt to do so from a Christian or biblical perspective.
[Note: This article was written by Derrick Wilburn]