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Facebook Bans Pastor's 'Love God, Defend America' Ad

Todd Starnes · Aug. 27, 2018

The Facebook overlords are at it again, folks.

The latest victim is Steve Solomon — a radio host, pastor, and Army veteran from Knoxville, Tennessee. Pastor Solomon wanted to purchase Facebook ads to promote his radio program.

“Speak the truth, Love God, Defend America” — that’s was the pastor’s message.

But Facebook rejected the advertisement, claiming it was political.

“The text and/or imagery you’re using is related to politics or an issue of national importance, based on the definition we’re using for enforcement,” a Facebook representative told him in a written response. “However, your page is not authorized to run these types of ads.”

He was then told he had to obtain authorization from Facebook before he could post any advertisements that encouraged people to love God.

“Once you’re authorized to run these ads, choose the option to run this ad with the disclaimer you create in the Authorizations process,” the Facebook representative told him.

Pastor Solomon reached out to my team at the “Todd Starnes Radio Show” when he could not convince Facebook to reverse its decision.

“Nothing about the ad is political,” Pastor Solomon. “If anything, it’s heavily spiritual and moral.”

That’s a good point — but as we’ve discovered, nothing triggers a social media censor faster than advertisements promoting God and country. The Millennial tech geeks are easily triggered.

“I’m a pastor and served in the US Army in Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) so I LITERALLY defended America,” the pastor wrote. “Simply encouraging people to be honest, love God and love America is nothing controversial.”

Pastor Solomon is not the only Christian or conservative who has been punished recently for violating Facebook’s community standards.

“Multiple posts sharing articles by prominent conservatives have been temporarily censored on Facebook, under the excuse that they ‘look like spam,’” Tyler O'Neill reported on PJ Media.

The Tennessee Star, a conservative-leaning newspaper, reports that Facebook temporarily removed three stories that were critical of former Gov. Phil Bredesen, the Democrat nominee for U.S. Senate.

The same thing happened to one of my readers, who attempted to share a story I had written critical of Democrats targeting Christians in the state of California.

My column and the Tennessee Star news reports, all labeled as spam, were later reposted by Facebook. I find it hard to believe this was some sort of random occurrence or a technical glitch.

There seems to be a concerted effort by a group of militant social media goons to purge any content it finds offensive or contrary to its ideology.

Apparently, there is no room in its freedom-stifling world for conservatives, Christians, or patriots.

I wonder if Facebook has an emoji for that?

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