Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Oh my - They are fighting back and Robert Gagnon has a new gig

Franklin Graham, a walking hate group, has two tracks: Being LGBTQ is profoundly evil and the schmuck to his right is a superbly moral man; an example for children everywhere.
Image: Christian Headlines
According to a Tyler O'Neil (whatever that is): Christians Are Mobilizing to Fight Back After Facebook Blocked Franklin Graham on Christmas. The last time I checked Facebook is a private company. As such, according to Republican core values, it is free to establish whatever Acceptable Use Policy it deems necessary.

I don't know. One post about my bar mitzvah on Stormfront and they banished me forever. But I digress.
According to Mr. O'Neil:
During Christmas week, Facebook blocked the account of one of the most prominent evangelical Christians in the world, Franklin Graham. Graham is the president and CEO of both the Billy Graham Evangelical Association and the global charity Samaritan's Purse. While Facebook removed the block and apologized, many Christian leaders see this move as yet more evidence of Big Tech's bias and censorship against followers of Jesus Christ.
Grammar aside, what are they complaining about given that Facebook reinstated Graham who is profoundly bigoted against LGBTQ people? They just wanted an opportunity to complain and to claim, once again, that they — the 75% majority — were victimized.
Enter Robert A.J. Gagnon:
"When FB blocks a Christian with as high a profile as Franklin Graham, it amounts to an undeclared war on Christian faith," Robert A.J. Gagnon, a professor at Houston Baptist University with a Ph.D. in Pauline theology and sexuality, told PJ Media in an interview Monday.

Gagnon added, "I’m glad to hear that they rescinded. Still, to continue the military metaphor, it’s a FB shot across the bow for all Christians."
Gagnon, BFF of Peter LaBarbera, is the author of The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics which is based on the premise that people choose their sexual orientation. Thus, according to Gagnon, there is no reason for anyone to be gay. Gagnon is a well-educated theologian (Dartmouth and Harvard) but when it comes to science and human sexuality he is a world class ignoramus.

Gagnon was a tenured associate professor at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary until August, 2017. His departure might have been a resignation before termination. In any event, as of October, 2018, Gagnon is a professor at Houston Baptist University. I guess that HBU needed a resident crackpot.
Tyler O'Neil is not the brightest bulb in the chandelier:
Redefining speech as violence has become hip on college campuses, but liberal groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) brand conservative and Christian groups as "hate groups" — and pressure Big Tech to censor this kind of "hate." Gagnon has connected this activity to his experience being blocked on Facebook.
“Redefining speech as violence?” Where does that come from? Somehow I think that Mr. O'Neil has forfeited his right to use the word “hip.” I do not think that he is qualified to judge what is — or is not — hip.

The Ku Klux Klan is a “Christian group.” They do not burn crosses because they are fond of the resulting flame distribution. When other so-called Christian groups adopt the same language as the Klan regarding LGBT people then they will be considered a hate group.

No Christian group has ever been designated a hate group for preaching that being gay or trans is a sin. Their leaders have to work to marginalize LGBTQ people to be branded a hate group and that takes some doing. Spreading misinformation as a means of denigrating LGBTQ people is a good way to start.

The SPLC provides full disclosure pertaining to hate group designations. Usually, the SPLC quotes the group's leadership. For all their bitching, I have yet to see a hate group leader make a claim that the SPLC is incorrect insofar as the group's communications or policy are concerned.

In any event, Christians are not fighting back against Facebook. A very small fringe element of Christians does not like Facebook's policies. They love nothing more than to use those policies as evidence that they are being persecuted. But Gagnon's moronic assertions that being gay is a choice does not depict persecution of gay people. It must be amazing to be a religious conservative. Duplicity as dogma.

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