There's a certain page on Facebook people of faith do not “like.”
Created in February, the “Virgin Mary Should’ve Aborted” Facebook page originally included this controversial description, presumably speaking from Mary’s perspective:
I'm here to explain what really happened in biblical times, since the bible is full of lies. My rapist's offspring has destroyed the planet and brainwashed millions. Rage-quitting is for loose buttholes.
Bible-believing Facebook users who are members of the group, “Catholics & Protestants Against FB Religious Discrimination” led the online fight to have the page taken down -- and succeeded. But, they didn’t have long to celebrate. As the religious group reports, Facebook just reversed its decision. Now, the newly republished "Virgin Mary Should've Aborted" page has over 8,000 likes.
Cary Bogue, the founder of Project Wildfire, a pro-life group which combats mixed messaging from Planned Parenthood, called into the radio show "The Real Side with Joe Messina" today to weigh in on Facebook's decision to republish the VMSA page.
Facebook took the page down, but, two days ago they reversed their decision and the blasphemous, horrendous page is up....We're getting the short end of the stick.
Bogue went on to explain how 22,000 Catholics had asked the social media site to ban the group. But, considering the sheer size and power of Facebook, coupled with Zuckerberg's atheist beliefs, it seemed liked an uphill battle. That doesn't mean Christians are giving up without a fight, however. Bogue said religious social media users are taking part in a tweetfest Monday to condemn religious discrimination and boycott Facebook advertisers by using the hashtag #ChristiansWontBeSilenced.
I once posted a pro-life infographic on Facebook which, among other "incriminating" features, listed abortion facts and included animated pictures of babies. I was banned from the site for 12 hours. I couldn’t even log in. The social network even brought me to its Community Standards page to inform me why I was banned.
Most interesting to me now is the hate speech section, which reads:
Facebook does not permit hate speech, but distinguishes between serious and humorous speech. While we encourage you to challenge ideas, institutions, events, and practices, we do not permit individuals or groups to attack others based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability or medical condition.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but shouldn't it cross these Facebook administrators' minds that Christians would feel a bit "attacked" by the "Virgin Mary Should've Aborted" page? After all, Jesus Christ is their Lord and Savior and to think He would've been "aborted" is quite unsettling -- not to mention life-changing.
There's nothing wrong with free speech. But there are certainly bright red flags when Facebook makes decisions that suggest it is more sympathetic to one side of the abortion issue than the other.
Messina asked Bogue how Christians can battle and win against the giant that is Facebook.
It's a David-Goliath story. But, if you get a pebble in the right place, you can knock 'em down.