Wow. You don't mess with Franklin Graham. As the latest incident with Facebook just proved, the bold Christian leader isn't the type to roll over and play dead.
Graham's popular Facebook page was recently shut down for 24 hours after being flagged for "hate speech." Graham often writes posts that are very strong about the Bible's beliefs on current cultural issues like sexuality, marriage, and even politics. You would definitely say Graham is not concerned about political correctness.
But what's interesting about the post that got his page flagged was that it was two years old! In 2016, Graham boldly opposed a move in his home state of North Carolina to open all bathrooms and public changing areas to transgenders. Not only did he feel it endangered women and children from predators, Graham unabashedly feels that gender is not fluid, as per the Bible.
That's what landed him in hot water. Such a stance was marked as hate speech and his page was shut down for a day. This shocked the preacher, especially because he felt he was "personally attacked." While in their subsequent apology, Facebook cited that they have thousands of employees having to make quick calls on thousands of questionable posts, Graham pointed out that this post, 2 years old, would have had to be combed through and targeted to be selected against now.
In any event, Graham did not take the censorship lying down. After his ban was lifted, Graham went straight after Facebook--on their own platform--calling out their bias and censorship.
"Well, now we know. Facebook has a secret rulebook for policing speech," Graham began in his post, tagging Facebook. "I was banned from posting on Facebook last week for 24 hours. Why? Because of a post from back in 2016 about North Carolina’s House Bill 2 (the bathroom bill). Facebook said the post went against their 'community standards on hate speech.'"
"Facebook is trying to define truth," Graham boldly said. "There was a character in a movie a few years back who said, 'The truth is what I say it is!' That’s what Facebook is trying to do. They’re making the rules and changing the rules. Truth is truth. God made the rules and His Word is truth. Actually, Facebook is censoring free speech. The free exchange of ideas is part of our country’s DNA."
Graham then included his original flagged post from two years ago and asked his audience if they say hate speech in it. Not surprisingly, his audience was in his corner. And his bold move garnered a quick apology from Facebook.
Graham recently went on Fox News to share his reaction to the apology and how he feels about Facebook's censorship policy. Graham graciously said he accepted their apology but also called the ban a "personal attack." He said their targeted attack on Christians "isn't going to be good for Facebook." He encouraged the social media giant to relook their hate speech qualifications and make sure the platform is a place of free speech for all people, clarifying that he wasn't definitely against true hate speech.
What do you think of the ban on Graham and his bold response to it? Share what you think in the comments! We need to let our voice be heard! Thank you.