For that, the ministry was accused of “hate” and YouTube pulled down the documentary-type video.
“Friends, people need to realize that homosexual marriage is not about homosexual marriage; it is about overturning law by a totalitarian government,” said Bradlee Dean, of the You Can Run But You Cannot Hide ministry.
“In fact, homosexual marriage is not even about marriage,” he said, citing Canadian precedent where homosexual “marriage” is legal.
He asks: “For example, what does lowering the age of anal intercourse have to do with homosexual marriage? What does the family and homeschoolers have to do with homosexual marriage? How is it the state’s business to intrude on churches and force them to perform homosexual marriages?”
He said the video was closed down by YouTube within 120 minutes of being uploaded “and was flagged as ‘hate speech’.”
Such information was too much for YouTube, which sent the warning. “The YouTube Community has flagged one or more of your videos as inappropriate. Once a video is flagged, it is reviewed by the YouTube Team against our Community Guidelines. Upon review, we have determined that the following video(s) contain content in violation of these guidelines, and have been disabled: Homosexual Marriage (WARNING!) Look to Canada – (BdeanSonsofLiberty)”
The video explains how in Canada homeschooling parents are forbidden from teaching their children during school time that homosexuality is a sin – and government officials openly proclaim that they will not tolerate such biblical opinions.
That kind of invasion of a private home by the government, the video explains, is what could be approaching for the U.S.
“The government is trying to control what and how we teach our children,” the video explains.
The video itself:
It also cites several other cases where fines were imposed and speech censored for those who don’t advocate for homosexuality.
It was only a couple of days earlier when one of the most popular Christian apologetics YouTube channels was restored, after being terminated “for reasons that were never clearly defined,” the owner of the channel told WND in an exclusive interview.
Pastor Carl Gallups , whose new book “The Magic Man in the Sky” comes out on May 15, credited an article which appeared at WND.com on May 1 with igniting a firestorm of protest from the more than 21,000 subscribers to the PPSimmons YouTube Channel. That helped lead to the right person to find out why the channel was “flagged” and removed from good standing with YouTube, which is owned by Google.
“After the outrage created by the WND story, my ministry was bombarded with emails and requests for me to appear on radio programs to discuss what happened and the outpouring of support was just tremendous,” said Gallups.
“Well, one of the emails we got was from a fan of the PPSimmons YouTube Channel who knew someone that worked at Google’s headquarters in Silicon Valley. That person investigated why our channel was taken down and found out that we were targeted in a mass ‘flagging’ campaign,” Gallups said.
All videos that are posted on YouTube can be rated by those who view it; an individual can click the “like” button (a “thumbs up” icon); or they can click the dislike button (a “thumbs down” icon); they can click an icon a “flag” to alert YouTube that the video they just viewed needs to be “flagged as inappropriate.”
The source inside Google, who must remain anonymous, told Gallups that a “coordinated flagging” campaign had occurred, which triggered the channel to be pulled.
For almost two weeks, where once one of the more popular God and Country YouTube Channels – with more than 23,000 subscribers, 530-plus videos, and 21 million views – could be accessed, a barren page was found, save for a message reading, “This account has been terminated due to repeated or severe violations of our Community Guidelines and/or claims of copyright infringement.”
While the PPSimmons Channel was down, WND.com investigated another popular channel on YouTube, that of professional homosexual and anti-bullying guru Dan Savage. His channel on YouTube, known as SavageLove, has 16,426 subscribers and more than 5.8 million views. When his channel is accessed, the first video that appears has the caption, “Dan Savage: ‘My boyfriend likes a lot of suction while getting a blowjob. Give me some tips.’”
“Some videos are obviously more equal than others,” said Gallups. “It makes you wonder who is really in charge of community standards at YouTube.”
The video that was targeted by a coordinated mass “flagging” campaign, which was used as justification to close down the PPSimmons Channel was titled “A Call To Prayer.”
“It was a simple video, in my voice, urging our subscribers to pray for YouTube users who were asking for our prayers, because of spiritual battles that they were experiencing in their life,” said Gallups.
Were it not for the “good Samaritan” who helped him ascertain the problem with his YouTube Channel, Gallups isn’t convinced that the PPSimmons Channel would have come back online.
“To be attacked in a massive ‘flagging’ campaign and have your channel, which was in good standing with YouTube and then not to have any contact whatsoever with the Google to determine why the channel was down… well, it was frustrating,” said Gallups.