YouTube Flags John MacArthur Sermon As “Hate Speech” for Stating Biblical Views on Gender

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On Sunday, pastors across North America preached on biblical sexual ethics to protest a Canadian law as led by Pastor John MacArthur of Grace Community Church in Los Angeles.

Christians are concerned that Canada’s C-4 bill is too broadly worded and would effectively ban teaching the bible’s view on sexuality and gender, as CBN News noted.

During his own sermon, MacArthur stated to his congregation that “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 also said.

When the sermon was shared to YouTube by conservative commentator Todd Starnes, however, he was ultimately informed that MacArthur’s statement amounted to “hate speech.”

The Google-owned network told Starnes that they had reviewed the content and “think it violates our hate speech policy.”

“We’ve removed the following content from YouTube: ‘There is no such thing as transgender. You are either XX or XY. That’s it. – Pastor John MacArthur,’” he was told.

The incident, as Starnes noted, was a good example of how it can limit free speech to too broadly define “hate” against LGBT ideology.

“In other words, YouTube affirmed the Canadian law by banning any opposition to transgenderism on their platform,” he wrote on his blog.

Attorney Jenna Ellis, who represented MacArthur in his legal battle with the state of California over unconstitutional pandemic limitations on religious services, agrees.

“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,” she 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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