On March 24, video sharing service Vimeo memory-holed 850 videos and closed the account of Pure Passion, a Christian ministry to homosexuals and others who seek to find healing from various forms of “sexual brokenness.”
According to the American Family Association, Pure Passion’s videos “have helped countless sexual abuse victims, people who have been sex trafficked, those who are addicted or in any other condition that causes them distress.”
And yet it’s not so much Pure Passion’s views about sex industry workers that’s landing them in hot water here, but rather the fact that they have offended the powerful LBGT lobby, not by denigrating homosexuals, but by helping those who genuinely want to change.
Essentially, Christians who believe that homosexuality is a sin, like countless others, that Jesus died for and that He can deliver people from are not welcome on Vimeo, period. Dr. Michael Brown writes: “Vimeo’s message is clear: If you have same-sex attractions, whatever their cause, you must embrace them, if not celebrate them.”
The social justice warrior logic used by Vimeo and others makes an extraordinarily broad assumption about gay people, doesn’t it? While many homosexuals may very well be happy and content with their lives, to deny that there are those who genuinely desire to change, and to deny that people HAVE changed and have been helped by Christian ministries like Pure Passion, would seem to be the height of bigotry.
And yet here we are, with yet another example of speech suppression from the left.
In part of a long back and forth with Pure Passion Director – and former homosexual – Dr. David Kyle Foster, a Vimeo representative explained their reasoning: “To put it plainly, we don’t believe that homosexuality requires a cure and we don’t allow videos on our platform that espouse this point of view…We also consider this basic viewpoint to display a demeaning attitude toward a specific group, which is something that we do not allow.”
Writes Dr. Brown:
He [Foster] and Sean then engaged in a series of emails, but this was Vimeo’s bottom line: They recognized that Foster’s ministry was not “overtly vitriolic.” However, “Referring to homosexuality as a ‘dysfunction of sexual brokenness’ or ‘sexual distortion’ is not OK, nor is reference to ‘the fact that God can transform the life of anyone caught in homosexual confusion’ …. Vimeo disagrees wholeheartedly with the notion that homosexuality is a form of brokenness, or something that requires healing, or something that people need to seek freedom from.”
The American Family Association believes that Vimeo “is guilty of the very same intolerance they claim Pure Passion has.” While the video sharing service has a long history of shutting down Christian accounts, like Restored Hope and the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality, that view homosexuality in a Biblical light, they also seem happy to allow, to quote Foster in a letter to Dr. Brown, “videos of terrorists and pornographers.”
While Vimeo is a private company and certainly free to do as they wish, Foster believes that the sharing service’s move is essentially nothing more than “pure religious bigotry and censorship.”
Pure Passion Ministries is encouraging like-minded people to sign their petition encouraging Vimeo to restore the account of Dr. David Kyle Foster and Pure Passion, write Vimeo to express their opinion, and subscribe to Pure Passion’s still working YouTube channel.
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