YouTube Labels MacArthur Sermon ‘Hate Speech’: Report

January 22nd, 2022 3:53 PM

YouTube reportedly classified a recent sermon from evangelical pastor John MacArthur as “hate speech.”

CBN News reported that MacArthur was preaching on biblical sexuality to protest a Canadian law that some worry would ban the teaching of biblical ethics.

According to Christian advocacy group Liberty Coalition Canada, the law could allow "the criminal prosecution of Christians who would speak biblical truth into the lives of those in bondage to sexual sins like homosexuality and transgenderism."

MacArthur was blunt about his feelings on the law: "There is no such thing as transgender. You are either XX or XY, that's it. God made man male and female. That is determined genetically, that is physiology, that is science, that is reality."

"On the one hand, the reality of that lie and deception is so damaging, so destructive, so isolating, so corrupting that it needs to be confronted, but on the other hand, that confrontation can't exaggerate what already exists, which is a sense of feeling isolated in relationships," he added.

The video was taken down. YouTube reportedly told conservative commentator Todd Starnes that the video constituted “hate speech.” 

Starnes said the following in his blog: "In other words, YouTube affirmed the Canadian law by banning any opposition to transgenderism on their platform."

Jenna Ellis, who was MacArthur’s attorney when Los Angeles County tried to shut down his church for disobeying COVID-19-related health orders, said Big Tech purposely censored MacArthur's sermon. 

"The big tech oligarchy in the United States is implementing the equivalent of Canada's insane law by censoring truth and the right of pastors to teach the Bible," Ellis told Starnes. "If Americans don't stop big tech, this new Regime will circumvent the Constitution to foreclose our fundamental rights to speak and exercise religion and the impact will be devastating."

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