Mark down another loss for religious liberty Thursday, not at the hands of government, but rather at the hands of the Palo Alto Mafia.
“Living Hope Ministries (LHM) has had its app for about three years, but the program was pulled by Apple just a day after Truth Wins Out, a group opposing conversion therapy, pushed to have it removed,” according to NBC5.
The ministry’s app was accused of supporting gay conversion therapy – a claim which cannot be verified now that the app is offline. But LHM’s website does not seem out of the ordinary for a conservative Christian organization.
“Living Hope Ministries is a non-profit, non-denominational, 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to proclaim God’s truth as we journey with those who are seeking sexual and relational wholeness through a more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ,” it says.
It would appear that their only sin was opposing gay marriage.
“LHM proclaims a Christ-centered, Biblical world-view of sexual expression rooted in one man and one woman in a committed, monogamous, heterosexual marriage for life. Anything less than this ideal, falls short of God’s best for humanity,” the page said.
Is any group that supports traditional marriage now subject to de-platforming by Apple and its Silicon Valley cronies? That much is unclear. But what is clear is that it is a scary time in America when a gigantic private corporation can simply make an organization disappear based on religious and political beliefs.
Regardless of your stance on gay marriage, this is a disconcerting precedent.
“The group that petitioned the app, Truth Wins Out, thanked Apple in a statement saying the app ‘stigmatizes and demeans LGBT people,'” according to the article. “It went on to call ex-gay programs consumer fraud.”
A Change.org petition to de-platform the app was also launched before the app was banned.
“The Apple Store is now peddling an outrageously offensive ‘ex-gay’ app that targets ‘Youth and Young Adults’ to change from gay-to-straight through prayer and therapy,” said the petition’s creator Steve Dowling.
Praying for homosexuals to abide by the word of God is relatively innocuous for a group whose deeply held religious beliefs dictate that gay marriage is wrong. Since when did it become a crime to be religious in America?
Soon, the only churches that will be allowed to exist in America will be the progressive ones that only preach God’s love, forgetting that repentance and God’s wrath are central biblical themes.
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MeWe Goes Big Tech Authoritarian, Opts for Political Censorship
This is no different than a Big Tech platform.
Supposed Big Tech alternative MeWe is opting for the path of political censorship and repression, caving to demands of media leftists to censor right-leaning political content.
MeWe’s administrators confirmed they would close so-called ‘Stop the Steal’ groups and purge their content from its platform earlier this month.
MeWe styles itself as somewhat of a Facebook alternative, advertising user privacy and independence from a data surveillance business model. MeWe’s administrators have taken to signalling against real free speech social media platforms such as Parler and Gab, a thumb in the face of their largely anti-establishment user base, many of whom joined the service to begin with in pursuit of a Facebook alternative that doesn’t censor.
MeWe is NOT an "anything goes" site like Parler or Gab. MeWe's TOS is strict & clear (https://t.co/oJP1JvrxiZ)- haters, lawbreakers, violence inciters etc. are not welcome. We have an outstanding Trust & Safety team that works hard every day to investigate & remove TOS-violators
— MeWe (@mewe) January 10, 2021
An overwhelming majority of Americans who attended ‘Stop the Steal’ protests are peaceful and non-violent, with only a handful getting out of control during the January 6th raucous US Capitol riot. MeWe’s decision to implement political censorship en masse makes it no different than the worst Big Tech authoritarians, except for the deceptive marketing of a free speech social media platform.
In any event, a social media platform that bans arbitrarily defined “haters” is almost assured to have draconian anti-free speech policies. MeWe has opted for the path of a minuscule Big Tech clone in a betrayal of its own user base. Gab offers a wide range of social services without the politically correct censorship, and MeWe’s users should embrace it as the real home of free speech online.
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