Google Blacklists Veterans’ Ministry From Ad Services for Using the Word ‘Christian’
Google’s hostile business practices are becoming more discriminatory by the day, as their video platform YouTube recently blocked an advertisement from a veterans’ ministry for using the term “Christian.”
Chad Robichaux, who once served as a marine and is now a professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter and advocate for veterans, angrily derided the “clear bias” against Christians shown by the tech monopoly.
We ran a @YouTube ad for our veterans ministry outreach for those in need & it was denied for the word “Christian”. Insane! #Censorship should terrify every American; conservative or liberal, Christian or Muslim. This bias is a dangerous course for America. @MightyOaksFDN pic.twitter.com/at5CsAfEht
— Chad Robichaux (@ChadRobo) July 23, 2019
Robichaux attempted to buy an ad for his “Mighty Oaks Show,” which is the official podcast of his foundation that exists to help veterans deal with post-traumatic stress disorder so they are less vulnerable to the ongoing suicide epidemic among soldiers.
“We have to reach the veterans who are in need of programs like ours with so many people suffering: the suicide epidemics over 20 a day, military divorces, PTSD. Outreach is very important to us,” Robichaux said in a radio interview with Breitbart News. “We run ads through Google and through YouTube and we use keywords to reach the people we want to reach. Words like veterans, PTSD, military. Because we are a Christian organization, we use the word, Christian.”
“Since Jan. 1 of this year, we have used that word,” he added. “On Saturday when we ran this ad, it was not approved.”
YouTube responded to Robichaux by denying any bias, but claiming that they don’t accept any advertisement that targets a specific religion.
We know that religious beliefs are personal, so we don’t allow advertisers to target users on the basis of religion. Beyond that, we don’t have policies against advertising that includes religious terms like “Christian”.
— TeamYouTube (@TeamYouTube) July 24, 2019
Robichaux called out YouTube on their bias, showing that the platform accepted the exact same ad when “Muslim” was substituted with “Christian.”
We ran the exact same ad with the keyword “Muslim” & it was approved but “Christian” was not. Additionally, we’ve ran ads with the keyword “Christian” for years. This year alone we had 150,000 impressions on that word in our ads. As per your support line this is a new restriction pic.twitter.com/1tIeLUeCHS
— Chad Robichaux (@ChadRobo) July 24, 2019
YouTube did not respond to that tweet from Robichaux, and their silence speaks volumes.
Mike Berry of First Liberty Institute, a law firm representing Robichaux, is considering legal action against the tech giant for their platform’s bigoted policies against Christians.
“Censorship of religious viewpoints by social media giants like YouTube has become far too common and simply can’t be tolerated. Concerns over big tech companies violating the spirit of the American principle of free expression continue to grow. We are investigating this incident to determine what legal action might be appropriate,” Berry said.
In addition to targeting Christians, Google has been exposed for manipulating their algorithms for the purpose of preventing Donald Trump from obtaining re-election in 2020. Google and other big tech firms are currently facing anti-trust action from the federal government, and that may be what is necessary to stop them from inflicting Big Brother on all of mankind.