Facebook has announced it is banning posts from former homosexuals describing their personal faith-based journeys to a straight life.
The social media giant has adopted a policy banning any statement that promotes or discusses what is derisively known as “conversion therapy” in an online post.
Among other political victories, homosexual activists have denounced so-called “conversion therapy” and successfully lobbied sympathetic state legislatures to ban it on the grounds it harms homosexuals, especially teens, who are vulnerable to suicide and depression.
Anne Paulk, a former lesbian, tells OneNewsNow she and her ministry, Restored Hope Network, are a specific target of the Facebook policy.
It is no secret that ministries similar to Restored Hope have been rocked by Christian leaders who “came out” and denounced their own beliefs, but Paul says her ministry exists for people who want to change. She does not go looking for them.
“It's people who actually seek out our help and we are happy to provide it,” she says, “because I personally experienced this in my own life.”
'Questioning' or 'Queer'
Former homosexuals, lesbians, and transgenders are routinely mocked and denounced by the same "Love Wins" movement that includes "Questioning" in its ever-growing acronym.
"Questioning means someone who is figuring out their gender identity and figuring out how they want to identify their sexual orientation," a spokesman for GLADD, an LGBT group, once told USA Today.
Militant activists often insist, however, that no one can leave homosexuality to become heterosexual, although it is celebrated when a person, especially a married man, deserts his family for another man.
When that man is a minister, the media celebration is often even greater.
The same USA Today story suggested the "Q" can also stand for "Queer," and a second GLADD spokesman insisted that "Queer" means "you are one of those letters, but you could be all of those letters, and not knowing is OK."
There is also the issue of transgenderism, which is relatively new in the LGBTQ movement. The decision to drop homosexuality as a mental illness dates back to the 1970s but the public is not far removed from the politically-charged decision in 2012 to change "gender identity disorder" to "gender dysphoria" in the Manual of Mental Disorders, which is used by the American Psychiatric Association.
Transgender demanded the change to remove the "stigma" of being accused of being mentally ill, even though their suicide rate hovers at 40 percent.
What the Facebook ban is accomplishing, Paulk says, is banning a person's personal freedom to seek help and, in the end, that harms the Church.
“What they're focusing on is removing the right for those who have unwanted same-sex attraction to get help and healing,” she says. “And so it does end up impacting the body of Christ and the gospel itself.”
Paulk tells OneNewsNow she has no illusions Restored Hope can force Facebook to relent, which would mean angering LGBTQ activists on behalf of a ministry they hate. But the social media giant needs to hear from the public anyway, she says.
“Let them know that you don't appreciate cancel culture,” she says, “and their policies to shut down voices.”