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Facebook has restored Christian ministries' pages after being removed for 7 days

by Alex Collett

Facebook has now restored Christian ministries pages after being removed "incorrectly" from its platform amid abolition of content that offers "services that aim to change people's sexual or orientation or gender identity."

The head of Help 4 Families, a Christian ministry and Living Stone Ministries, its sister organisation, has said Facebook removed the organisations' pages from its platform at the behest of LGBT activists.

The organisations aim to help individuals and families seeking to live in accordance with Christian sexual ethics.

The director of Help 4 Families and Living Stone Ministries Denise Shick, said in an email to The Christian Post, that the pages were taken down after a report was released by the Global Project Against Hate and Extremism (GPAHE).

They had compiled a list of groups and organisations that minister to and counsel people struggling with unwanted sexual attractions or gender confusion.

GPAHE has been pushing for social media channels such as Facebook to ban these organisations - many being Christian - from its platform.

Although the GPAHE report acknowledged that the two Christian ministries create "safe places for individuals and families to openly share their grief and pain about homosexuality" and transgenderism, they were still deemed too controversial to remain on the platform, Shick told CP.

The GPAHE report also argued that the views espoused and promoted by these ministries and other groups were such as so-called "conversion therapy," which, according to the United Nations, is tantamount to "torture" and an "egregious violation of rights."

From Feb. 2-8, Shick couldn't access her account, and her pages were taken down without notification.

Eleven years' worth of pictures are now gone, she lamented to CP after the ministries' pages had been taken down.

Following two inquiries from CP, late on Tuesday, a Facebook employee with knowledge of the matter said Shick's pages were "incorrectly removed and [have] been restored."

Shick confirmed Tuesday night that both Facebook pages had been restored

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