Facebook has shut down the page of Restored Hope Network, a Christian ministry that helps those with unwanted sexual attractions and gender confusion.
The ministry believes the shut down is linked with the government’s stance to shut down any kind of counselling that agrees with the Christian’s view on sexual ethics.
The practice is called “conversion therapy,” in some quarters and there arguments that the move by Facebook is part if the ‘war’ to shut down this kind of ‘Christian Conversion System;.
Anne Paulk, executive director of Restored Hope Network (RHN) said last week that:“It (conversion therapy) is a deliberately and misleadingly provocative term coined by the LGBTQ activist community.
The coinage and its interpretation don’t describe any type of actual counseling assistance offered to men and women who struggle with same-sex attraction, according to RHN.
Paul said Facebook’s actions amounted to an example of viewpoint discrimination.
She maintain that Facebook is deciding they have the authority to silence the stories of those of us whose lives have changed.
She said the online giant’s dismissive action of canceling theirr page as if it never existed, is shameful.
Paul said they were not even notified or given a chance to offer their side of the story, which she strong believes is very politicized and unconscionable.
Facebook left them with a vague a message ‘the link may be broken’, apparently to disguise their unethical action.
Paulk added that it is important for Christians to understand that their views about human sexuality and personhood are not welcome on Facebook.
She said it’s like a community center that certain people aren’t allowed in and they’re being forced out.
“We have to be wise about how we respond here. Legally, it appears that [Facebook] is above the law but keeping a record of what’s happening, getting that information to legislators that care and seeing it impact a bunch of different people, which is coming, is very important to fight for your rights and not just give them away.”
She added that within culture, a systemic problem of hostility toward Christians pervades a number of spheres, with social media being just one. Paulk will be attempting to restore the ministry’s Facebook page and developing other ways of maintaining communication.
“We existed before Facebook was ever around, we’ll exist after Facebook is around because we belong to the Most High God,” Paulk said.
Despite the censorship, which began with the removal of posts earlier this year, the ministry has no plans to cease its work advocating for those who struggle in this way and wish to live in accordance with their faith.
“The last time I looked, we still live in the United States. Freedom to choose what to do with one’s life — and seek help that one wants — is a dearly held value,” Paulk stressed.
“People looking for change should be free to find services and resources from counselors, schools, churches and ministries like ours to help them achieve their desired goals. We will remain here, fighting for their rights, despite Facebook’s best efforts to muzzle us and disenfranchise them.”
Paulk was also among the authors who once lived and identified as LGBT whose books were removed from Amazon last year. Her book, Restoring Sexual Identity: Hope for Women Who Struggle with Same-Sex Attraction, was said to be in violation of the online retailer’s “content guidelines.”
“It is appalling that Amazon has banned books detailing how one struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction can overcome those feelings and steward his or her sexuality in a biblical fashion, while thinking nothing of selling books that celebrate the kind of deviancy Jeffrey Epstein was accused of,” Paulk said at the time.