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Facebook Suspends Christian Mom For Bible Verse Posts

| by Michael Allen

Elizabeth Johnston, a Christian mother in Ohio, says Facebook temporarily suspended her account for 10 days in February because she posted Bible verses against homosexuality.

Johnston, who home-schools her 10 children and runs The Activist Mommy blog, stated: "Leviticus 18:22 and Leviticus 20:13 similarly call homosexual sex 'detestable' and an 'abomination,'" notes the U.K. Christian news site Premier.

Johnston told The Christian Post she was responding to a Facebook user who brought up how Christians eat pork and shellfish, which is also condemned in Leviticus:

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.

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I responded with just scriptural commentary and that is considered 'hate speech' by Facebook. 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.

Johnston said she received an alert from Facebook that her posting on homosexuality was removed because "it doesn't follow the Facebook Community Standards."

Johnston's Facebook page for The Mommy's Blog was suspended from Feb. 9 until Feb. 12.

Johnston said she reposted her Biblical beliefs about homosexuality, and Facebook removed that posting and froze her out for another seven days:

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Last Sunday, I posted something about the ban, explaining to my followers where I had been the last three days and reposted the screenshot and wrote #FacebookCensorship. That ticked them off and they didn't like that at all. It was going viral. Just within a few hours, they had banned me again and they were going to make it more painful.

Under a section entitled "Hate Speech," Facebook's rules state: "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 believes her account can simply be frozen if enough liberals and LGBT activists report her:

The fact of it is that the people who have more influence and a following as conservative Christians and have a larger voice in the culture are at greater risk for this type of thing happening. We can be innocent as a baby but if a homosexual goes onto a website and tells everybody to report "The Activist Mommy," then I end up getting banned.

It would be one thing if Facebook said, "We're liberals. This is our page and we can do whatever we want. It's our property." I would appreciate that at least they were being honest and transparent. But no, they lie and say "we're unbiased."

But when Christians report nudity or pictures of Donald Trump assassinated with a bullet through his head, we get responses that say, "This does not violate Facebook's community guidelines' and the post remains."

Facebook did not respond to The Christian Post or Premier.

Sources: The Christian Post, Premier, Facebook / Photo credit: The Activist Mommy/Facebook

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