A current sermon video by John MacArthur presenting the biblical view of gender and sexuality has been flagged as hate speech by YouTube.
Conservative commentator Todd Starnes reports that the video was eliminated by the platform as a result of it supposedly violated YouTube’s hate speech coverage.
MacArthur mentioned in his sermon that there’s “no such factor as transgender”, and that there have been solely two gender classes – female and male.
“You’re both XX or XY, that is it. God made man female and male. That’s decided genetically, that’s physiology, that’s science, that’s actuality,” he mentioned.
He then referred to as transgenderism a “lie and deception” that was “so damaging, so harmful, so isolating, so corrupting that it must be confronted”.
MacArthur preached the sermon as a part of a protest by evangelical churches in Canada in opposition to the nation’s current conversion remedy ban.
Canada’s C-4 Invoice got here into impact on January 8 and has precipitated evangelical pastors to worry restrictions on their preaching.
In response to Starnes, MacArthur’s sermon was pulled due to his feedback on the biblical viewpoint of gender.
“Our crew has reviewed your content material, and, sadly, we expect it violates our hate speech coverage,” YouTube mentioned, in accordance with Starnes.
“We have eliminated the next content material from YouTube: ‘There isn’t a such factor as transgender. You’re both XX or XY. That is it. – Pastor John MacArthur.'”
MacArthur was considered one of 1000’s of evangelical pastors to stage the pulpit protest in opposition to the C-4 Invoice by preaching sermons on the biblical definition of sexuality and gender throughout their Sunday companies final weekend.
Criticizing the elimination of MacArthur’s video, Starnes mentioned he feared it won’t be lengthy earlier than the Bible itself is confiscated or re-written.
“In different phrases, YouTube affirmed the Canadian legislation by banning any opposition to transgenderism on their platform,” he mentioned.
“And it will not be very lengthy earlier than the intercourse and gender revolutionaries goal the supply of our beliefs – the Holy Bible. I foresee a day in American historical past the place Bibles might be confiscated or rewritten to affirm the LGBTQIA life-style.”
He quoted Jenna Ellis of the Thomas Extra Society, who represented MacArthur in his profitable legal challenge against LA County’s Covid rules.
She accused social media giants of censoring Christian beliefs.
“The large tech oligarchy in the USA is implementing the equal of Canada’s insane legislation by censoring fact and the precise of pastors to show the Bible,” she advised Starnes.
“If Individuals do not cease huge tech, this new Regime will circumvent the Structure to foreclose our elementary rights to talk and train faith, and the influence can be devastating.
“I stand with John MacArthur and all pastors internationally who’re merely standing agency and educating biblical fact, and I’ll proceed to combat to guard the Church in America,” she continued.