YouTube yanks pastor's ISIS message, cancels account, then restores it

araj54

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This may not bode well for others speaking the truth on you tube.. J.D. Farag comes to mind.

Why did YouTube yank pastor's ISIS message? | Fox News

The pastor of a small-town Baptist church in Georgia says he got banned from YouTube after he posted video of a Sunday sermon he gave about the persecution of Christians in the Middle East.

“Apparently, they didn’t like me preaching on radical Islam, so I got booted and banned,” said Daniel Ausbun, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Moreland, Ga. “This is sermon censorship.”

Ausbun concedes that YouTube can censor whatever videos it wishes. But he does wonder – what else is it banning?

On Aug. 24, Ausbun delivered a sermon about the Islamic State, terrorism, radical Islam and Christian persecution in the Middle East.

“So many people in the church had been asking about it,” the pastor told me. “This was almost more of an educational sermon.”

Based on a copy of his sermon notes, the pastor based his message on several New Testament verses – including Matthew 24:9. That verse reads: “Then they will hand you over for persecution, and they will kill you. You will be hated by all nations because of My name.”

Ausbun told his congregation that Middle Eastern Christians were given a choice to convert to Islam, pay a tax, leave immediately or face death. He also warned that ISIS is recruiting Westerners. He encouraged the church to pray for the Gospel message to advance despite terrorism and war.

About three-and-a-half years ago, Ausbun started a YouTube channel for church members who missed the Sunday service. Over the years, he posted dozens of sermon videos without a single problem – until Aug. 27.

“I received an email from YouTube telling me that my account had been terminated for violation of the terms of service and their community guidelines,” he said. “They actually terminated my entire account.”

Ausbun said he decided to read YouTube’s community guidelines, and that’s when he put two and two together. They thought his sermon amounted to hate speech.

YouTube clearly states that it doesn’t permit “hate speech” – and that includes “speech which attacks or demeans a group based on race or ethnic origin, religion” and so on and so forth.

“They didn’t tell me exactly why they terminated my account, but by default there was nothing else wrong,” Ausbun said. “It had to be hate speech.”

For the past week he’s been trying to reach someone at YouTube to explain what happened. So far, his calls have gone unreturned. I sent them a message, too. So far, no response.

“They didn’t like what I preached on,” Ausbun said. “I shared about radical Islam from a Christian perspective, and they consider that to be hate speech.”

I wish I could direct you to a link of the pastor’s message but YouTube deleted it. So, I can’t tell you verbatim what the pastor said. However, according to his sermon notes, there was nothing hateful about what he preached.

Ausbun concedes that YouTube can censor whatever videos it wishes. But he does wonder – what else is it banning?

YouTube came under a firestorm of criticism after ISIS was allowed to post a video showing the beheading of American journalist James Foley.

“What the hell is the matter with YouTube?” Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly said on “America’s Newsroom.” “Posting that. The beheading. What the hell is the matter with YouTube? Nobody should post that.”

YouTube removed the video and explained its policy in a statement to the website Mediaite.
“YouTube has clear policies that prohibit content like gratuitous violence, hate speech and incitement to commit violent acts, and we remove videos violating these policies when flagged by our users,” the statement read. “We also terminate any account registered by a member of a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization and used in an official capacity to further its interests.”

To the best of anyone’s knowledge, the First Baptist Church in Moreland is not a foreign terrorist organization. The pastor says he simply wanted to inform his church about the threat posed by Islamic terrorists and pray for the victims of their Islamic slaughter. Is that hate speech?

“I’m literally terminated – like I’m the terrorist,” the pastor said.

Ausbun said what happened to him could happen to other American pastors under the guise of banning “hate speech.”

“Anything a pastor preaches on – whether it be radical Islam, homosexuality, the teachings of Jesus – YouTube can label that hate speech and censor their sermons,” he said.

The Georgia preacher said he decided to contact me because people need to be aware of YouTube’s censorship.

“ISIS is recruiting Americans to get trained over there, and we know what they are going to do,” he said. “They are not going to stay in Iraq and Syria. They’re coming back to our country.

Pastors should be speaking out on this. This is a grave concern to our Christian brothers and sisters who are literally dying for their faith, and it could affect our lives here.”

In the meantime, Pastor Ausbun has launched a new video channel – on Vimeo.
 

DanLMP

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Do they also terminate the accounts of islamic clerics who denounce Israel and anything non-islamic?
If YouTube continues this way they will eventually only have puppy videos.
 

gooddocmike

Follower and Believer of Christ
I applaud this pastor, for sticking to his convictions and teaching the truth! We need more like him in the pulpit, who are willing to let the Word of God be heard, and willing to speak out on the evil of this world that surrounds us. If more conviction we spoken from the pulpit, more truth would be known in the pews. And our nation and our society would not find themselves following every "feel good theory" that man creates.

As for YouTube, they did what they did out of political correctness and out of fear. They know that their site is filled with hate speech, true hate speech. You can go on the site and find videos from David Duke to Louis Farrakhan, all spouting the most vile evil that man could say. And not a thing is done. We have come to a day, a day that the Bible warns us about many times over. A day where discrimination and hate is never tolerated, unless that hate and discrimination is directed at Christians.

On second thought, maybe this pastor should see this ban as a badge of honor, knowing he is doing something right. A badge the world may hate and look at with disgust. But a badge of Truth that brings a smile to the Lord's face. I say "Preach On!"
 

araj54

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They know that their site is filled with hate speech, true hate speech.
Exactly. It isn't about banning hate speech, but silencing truth. And we know the "god of this world", satan, who hates God's truth and will go to any length to either silence or corrupt it.
Praise God for all who are still standing up for the truth of the gospel, and may He give all the strength and courage to continue the good fight.
 

gooddocmike

Follower and Believer of Christ
UPDATE: YouTube has reversed its ban on Pastor Ausbun’s channel. YouTube sent the pastor a message telling him his account is once again active and operational. “After a review of your account, we have confirmed that your YouTube account is not in violation of our Terms of Service.”

Here is a link to the pastor's video for anyone who wants to see what he had to say.

https://www.***********/watch?v=a7VcIcIWJe0&list=UUatHLRlTxF3nDxbBz4MBopg
 

araj54

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That's good news. I was concerned that their action might set a precedent across the web.
I also think someone may have realized they would have to go through and clean house to avoid a possible discrimination lawsuit. :idunno:
 

billiefan2000

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I applaud this pastor, for sticking to his convictions and teaching the truth!

We need more like him in the pulpit, who are willing to let the Word of God be heard,

and willing to speak out on the evil of this world that surrounds us. If more conviction we spoken from the pulpit, more truth would be known in the pews.

And our nation and our society would not find themselves following every "feel good theory" that man creates.QUOTE]



I agree

We need more pastors like Daniel Ausbun

and less of the Mark Chitwood and Joel Osteen and Rick Warren and Bill Hybels and Ed Young Jr. PC feel-good jellyfish sermon type preaching "pastors"
 

Slug-gun Hunter

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Wow.

Moreland Georgia is right inside 'o my county. Be mighty happy t' go and meet Pastor Ausbun.

Need more heroes like him on The LORD's Side
 

Watchin'

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Awesome. I was going to say - you know it was a good sermon if it got banned. :hehheh In a world where bad is called good. Must watch tomorrow!
 

railfan727

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“What the hell is the matter with YouTube?” Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly said on “America’s Newsroom.” “Posting that. The beheading. What the hell is the matter with YouTube? Nobody should post that.”
The answer to Bill O'Reilly's question is.... that YouTube is controlled by Satan, along with the rest of the world's media channels. And his use of "hell" was meant as a curse word but in this case I think it's actually sort of appropriate because this is where the whole thing is orchestrated from!!!! Straight from the fiery pits.....

Seriously, when I see stuff like this going on, it makes it extremely difficult for me to remain cognizant of the fact that Jesus has overcome the world (John 16:33). It looks like Satan has us surrounded on all sides, but we know that our Lord will take us out of the way rather than allowing him to swallow us up.

I'm so ready to get out of here.

Do you think we'll look back on all of Satan's craziness that we dealt with and just laugh at how absurd it all was?
 
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