- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 3, 2018

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Facebook temporarily shut down the page “Warriors for Christ.” Why?

The official corporate line is that the page violated the social media giant’s community standards. But the Christ fighters have a few other thoughts — namely, that Facebook is simply showing its pro-LGBT, anti-Christian bias.

This, from the page administrator, Nellchy Kentley, in a letter to Pamela Geller: “On 29th December 2017, Facebookshut down our page because of our biblical stance on marriage. Facebook has been after our page for many years and often censored our posts simply because they contained truth articles on statistics, Bible versus and memes that exposed the hypocrisy of the left.”

Following a petition drive, and pressure from the public — including the page’s 225,000 or so followers — Facebook reinstated the page. But what’s up with a prayer page that makes it so hated by Facebook censors?

“They calculated this move and chose to remove the page at 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday December 29, 2017 right before a long holiday weekend,” Kentley goes on to write, “in the hope that we would be discouraged in contacting any media about this because most businesses are closed for several days. We will not be silenced and will be pursuing legal action with Facebook.”

What’s markedly notable about Facebook’s censorship is that it gives all appearances of a double-standard.

Pastor Rich Penkoski, who oversees the content for the “Warriors for Christ” page, said in an interview with Conservative Firing Line that he’s been subjected to numerous death threats — made via Facebook. But Facebook ignored those obvious violations of its social media policies, he said.

Meanwhile, this: “Immediately after our interview, Penkoski reached out to us saying that he personally received a 30-day ban over a picture of a warrior angel in armor,” the blog reported.

The image is hardly graphic or offensive in nature. It’s a figure with wings dressed in armor and wielding a shield and sword. Yet Facebook wrote: “Please keep in mind that people who repeatedly post things that aren’t allowed on Facebook may have their accounts permanently disabled.”

So what’s going on here?

Why shut a page dedicated to prayer and promoting biblical principles, yet turn a blind eye to blatant threats? And truly, the threats were ugly.

Penkoski started a Change.org petition in the hours after “Warriors for Christ” was booted from Facebook that gives a little insight to the culture battle that it’s been waging. It reads, in part: “Warriors for Christ is a controversial entity who regularly stands in opposition to the lgbt agenda … The lgbt community has been actively trying to shut down the ministry page for well over 6 months. You may remember the lgbt sent fecal matter to the Pastor’s home. They keyed his car, they threatened to put a bullet in his head, they sent gay x rated material to his home with 6 children.”

Again — truly ugly.

The Bible tells that those who stand with Jesus will face persecution, and that those who stand strong in the faith will receive their kudos from Christ. As for those who persecute?

Beware. A judgment day is coming.


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