A Christian mother in Ohio is claiming Facebook censored her after the site suspended her account over her posts on the Bible, homosexuality and sin.
Elizabeth Johnston, a homeschooling mother of 10 who blogs at The Activist Mommy, said Facebook suspended her account in early February because she wrote that Leviticus condemns homosexuality as “detestable” and an “abomination.”
The comments were posted more than six months ago in a long thread of discussion.
"Someone had commented underneath one of my videos and were commenting under the thread and said something about how Old Testament law prohibits the eating of pork — one of the homosexuals' favorite arguments to make. I responded with just scriptural commentary and that is considered 'hate speech' by Facebook," Johnston said. "It was just very intellectual and it was just a commentary on what the Bible says. There was no name calling or anything like that."
Then, on Feb. 9, Facebook removed the post under its “Facebook Community Standards” guidelines and froze Johnston’s “The Activist Mommy” Facebook page for three days.
When the page was unfrozen, she re-posted her comments on the Bible’s condemnation of homosexuality. The post was removed and her account frozen for a week.
Facebook hasn’t responded to Johnston’s claims, but their community standards say that “Facebook removes hate speech, which includes content that directly attacks people based on their: race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, sex, gender, or gender identity, or serious disabilities or diseases."
Johnston’s post cited Scripture and did not directly attack any person.
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Publication date: February 24, 2017
Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.