Facebook has removed the page of Restored Hope Network, a Christian ministry that helps those with unwanted sexual attractions and gender confusion.
While no explanation was given as to why the page was taken down, the ministry believes the social media giant’s move is part of ongoing efforts in support of government prohibitions on the practice of what some refer to as “conversion therapy,” a phrase RHN maintains has been weaponized to shut down any kind of counseling that coheres with the historic Christian faith’s view on sexual ethics.
“It is a deliberately and misleadingly provocative term coined by the LGBTQ activist community that does not describe any type of actual counseling assistance offered to men and women who struggle with same-sex attraction,” explained Anne Paulk, executive director of Restored Hope Network, in a statement sent to The Christian Post on Thursday.
Paul said Facebook’s actions amounted to an example of viewpoint discrimination.
“Facebook is deciding they have the authority to silence the stories of those of us whose lives have changed,” she continued. “Their dismissive action — canceling our page as if it never existed, leaving a vague ‘the link may be broken’ message in its place — is shameful. Not even extending us the courtesy of a notification, a chance to offer our side of the very politicized story, is unconscionable.”
Paulk added in a Thursday interview with The Christian Post that it is important for Christians to understand that their views about human sexuality and personhood are not welcome on the world’s largest communication hub.
“It’s like a community center that certain people aren’t allowed in and they’re being forced out,” she said.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter