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Featured Instagram brands Christian worship ‘harmful’

Discussion in 'Current News & Events' started by Michie, Jun 29, 2020.

  1. Michie

    Michie Human rights begin in the womb. Supporter

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    From the article:

    The headline to this article is not sensationalistic. It is not click bait. It is truth. Shocking truth. Yes, Instagram has designated videos of live worship on the streets to be in violation of community guidelines, calling the content “harmful.” Let the outrage be felt and heard.

    Sean Feucht is a worship leader and songwriter who recently ran for political office in California. He is also a conservative Christian.

    On June 23 he tweeted, “This is what we’ve come to in America!

    “Instagram is now classifying my WORSHIP videos as ‘harmful or false information’

    “Religious Liberty? Freedom of Speech? Big Tech censorship?”

    Continued below.
    Instagram brands Christian worship ‘harmful’
     
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  2. Ronit

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    These times are really insane
     
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  3. Aspzan

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    "For example, my factual, fairly-worded post dealing with LGBT issues would be deemed hateful, while the most blasphemous, unimaginably profane, anti-Christian Facebook pages were allowed to operate without restriction. Seriously?"

    This is true. I've even seen Twitter pages pretending to be God in an attempt to mock Christianity. I think there was one pretending to be a communist Jesus.
     
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  4. Tra Phull

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    Times ain't no good.
     
  5. Ronit

    Ronit Well-Known Member

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    Funny? But it's true, no?
     
  6. Mantishand

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    This will just continue and get worse and worse, possibly until Christianity is deemed illegal. People with this anti Christian mind are control now. It’s crazy watching the Bible happen before our eyes. Though they join hand in hand the wicked will be punished.
     
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  7. tulc

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    You mean this one:
    This Is All Sorts Of Feucht Up
    So as an aside, I'd say take anything from him about his "persecution" with several grains of salt. :wave:
    tulc(seriously) :sigh:
     
  8. Aspzan

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    So is this the same as the event Michie posted?

    "Public figure stirs dissension then victimizes themselves at the alter of the conflict they’ve exploited."
     
  9. Handmaid for Jesus

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    ^_^ You all are acting like you are surprised! It is going to get worse! It is already written in the scriptures.
    2 Tim. 3 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

    2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

    3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

    4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

    5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

    6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

    7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
     
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  10. seeking.IAM

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    Where can I see the video in question so I can judge for myself? Some of us don't consider "worshipping" and haranguing LGBTQ folks with threats of hellfire and brimstone to be the same thing. In my book worship and even non-hateful proselytizing are two different things. Some folks could have funny idea about what "worship" is. My church's postings seem to get through Instagram just fine. What do you suppose the difference is?
     
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  11. tulc

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    As far as I can tell, it is. :wave:
    tulc(just back from roasting coffee today) :coffee:
     
  12. Aspzan

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    Hmm everything is not as it first appeared then!
     
  13. Michie

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    The article for those that did not bother to read:


    (Quote)The headline to this article is not sensationalistic. It is not click bait. It is truth. Shocking truth. Yes, Instagram has designated videos of live worship on the streets to be in violation of community guidelines, calling the content “harmful.” Let the outrage be felt and heard.

    Sean Feucht is a worship leader and songwriter who recently ran for political office in California. He is also a conservative Christian.

    On June 23 he tweeted, “This is what we’ve come to in America!

    “Instagram is now classifying my WORSHIP videos as ‘harmful or false information’

    “Religious Liberty? Freedom of Speech? Big Tech censorship?”

    Included in the tweet was a screenshot from Instagram, explaining that the company had removed his video post because it was violation of Community Standards. (Oh, those dread community standards again!)

    Specifically, Instagram stated, “Story removed for harmful or false information.”

    What on earth does this mean? What can it possibly mean?

    Feucht’s tweet got the attention of Missouri’s Senator Josh Hawley who tweeted, “Cancel culture meets #BigTech. Now @instagram is censoring a Christian worship leader who wants to post videos of praise and worship from places where there has recently been unrest. And that doesn’t meet ‘community standards’? Can’t wait to hear the explanation for this.”

    As of this writing (late Thursday night, Eastern Time, June 25), we are still awaiting explanation.

    A few years ago, I repeatedly challenged Facebook for censoring some of my posts for alleged violation of community standards, exposing the rank hypocrisy of their decisions.

    For example, my factual, fairly-worded post dealing with LGBT issues would be deemed hateful, while the most blasphemous, unimaginably profane, anti-Christian Facebook pages were allowed to operate without restriction. Seriously?

    Thankfully, in most cases, with the help of an internal contact, Facebook reinstated my posts (or, restored my status). But other colleagues of mine did not fare so well, having their pages permanently shut down for alleged violation of the dreaded (and oh so ambiguous) community standards.

    It seems that “hate” meant one thing for one group and something entirely different for the other. (For a recent, video exposé, see here.)

    When it comes to YouTube and Google, the battle continues, with large channels like Prager U still experiencing discrimination and unequal treatment. (Where are all the social justice warriors calling for equality? Somehow, they don’t seem to be raising their voices for Prager U.)

    In my own experience, after having over 1,000 of my channel’s videos branded unsuitable for advertising in a single stroke (!), YouTube has actually been fair with me, even surprising me at times by what it approves for monetization. At the same time, we know that the other shoe could drop at any moment and suddenly, we could be banned.

    It is a big mistake to put our trust in Big Tech.

    What happened with Instagram, though, seems even more bizarre and extreme. What on earth were the all-powerful censors thinking?

    There are endless videos on Instagram showing disturbing clips from the recent protests and riots, all of them somehow in conformity with community standards. (Right now, over on Twitter, I’m watching a video of the “CHOP” call from Seattle, with specific reference to guillotines. I imagine similar videos can be found on Instagram.)

    But when a video is posted showing Christian worship in the midst of these protests, it is removed for alleged “harmful or false information.


    Since there is nothing “false” about the video, then it must be considered “harmful” – hence the headline to this article.

    Is this actually what Instagram meant? Could they possibly be claiming that worshiping the Lord on the streets of our divided cities is harmful?

    If so, I would encourage every worship leader and every worship team to hit the streets of their own communities, posting similar videos and sharing them as widely as possible, starting on Instagram. (Hey, it’s a great thing to do anyway and just what America needs.)

    If Instagram has made a mistake, I hope they own up to it and say, “We totally blew it! There is no excuse.” Otherwise, this means war – as in spiritual war.

    So, no hatred. No carnal aggression. No fleshly anger. And, of course, of course, of course, no violence.

    But lots of prayer. Lots of worship. Lots of preaching. And lots of standing up and being heard. If not now, then when?

    Ironically, as if to drill the point home, as I was writing this article, I spotted another tweet from Sen. Hawley a few hours ago. He wrote, “Now @Twitter is actively censoring Bible verses? Seriously? Why?”

    Hawley retweeted another tweet from Sean Feucht, stating, “Not only is big tech blocking worship videos, now they’re blocking Bible verses about PEACE!

    “RT if you believe social media needs more peace, more worship, and less censorship of Jesus followers.”

    Feucht included a screenshot of tweets from Beni Johnson, then using the handle @prayfor5, which at present is not appearing on Twitter. Her tweets, posting Bible verses, were blocked, with the note, “This Tweet may include sensitive content.”

    So, worship is deemed “harmful” and Scripture verses about peace are deemed “sensitive content.” Really?

    Let us, then, flood Big Tech with the Word and worship. And let us report and challenge every unjust infraction about the practicing of our faith.

    It’s beyond time.(/quote)
     
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  14. Sparagmos

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    So you are saying that the reason the video was removed was that it was a depiction of Christian worship? Nothing else?

    So there are no YouTube videos of Christian worship anymore?

    Edit: I just checked. His worship videos, many of them, are still on YOUTUBE. So your OP is factually incorrect, maybe there is more info you could add that explains why that particular video was removed.
     
  15. Michie

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    I didn’t say that at all. I’m sharing an article from Christian Post.
     
  16. Michie

    Michie Human rights begin in the womb. Supporter

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    Nope. Just sharing Sparagmos. Learning like the rest of us.
     
  17. Sparagmos

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    Buy your headline said YouTube brands Christian worship “harmful,” yet that cannot be the case as there are many Christian worship videos up on YouTube. It sounds like something in the video was considered harmful, but we don’t know what.
     
  18. Michie

    Michie Human rights begin in the womb. Supporter

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    It’s not my headline. I posted it hoping to learn more. Tulc posted a different perspective. You have anything else to add?
     
  19. Sparagmos

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    Yet you said “let the outrage be felt and heard,” right?
     
  20. Michie

    Michie Human rights begin in the womb. Supporter

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    I did not say that. :rolleyes:
     
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