Youtube has removed an American pastor’s sermon on sexuality, calling it ‘hate speech’.
The talk by pastor John MacArthur, was taken down for “violating hate speech policy” after MacArthur said “there is no such thing as transgender. You are either XX or XY, that’s it”.
MacArthur’s sermon was in response to Canada’s new legislation, Bill C- 4, which some pastors and church leaders feel could lead to the prohibition of sermons on biblical sexuality.
Christian organisations have called the wording of the bill, which went into effect on 8th January, so broad that it could be used for “the criminal prosecution of Christians who would speak biblical truth”.
Fox News reported that preachers are protesting against the law at the pulpits, with 4,000 pastors affirming their opposition as well as their willingness to speak out against it.
MacArthur, of Grace Community Church in Los Angeles, went on to say in the censored sermon that “this notion that you are something other than your biology is a cultural construct intended as an assault on God. The only way you can address it, honestly, is to say, ‘God made you and God made you exactly the way He wanted you to be. You are not only fighting God in His physical creation, you are fighting God in His sovereignty. You are fighting God in His spiritual relationship to you. This is a war on God’.”
Conservative commentator Todd Starnes said Youtube told him why they removed MacArthur’s sermon, quoting them as saying: “Our team has reviewed your content, and, unfortunately, we think it violates our hate speech policy”.
Starnes added: “In other words, YouTube affirmed the Canadian law by banning any opposition to transgenderism on their platform and it won’t be very long before the sex and gender revolutionaries target the source of our beliefs – the Holy Bible.”