Will YouTube Block the Bible?

By Michael Brown Published on June 10, 2018

I know the very question sounds outlandish, but in light of recent developments, it’s only fair to ask: Will YouTube block the Bible?

If you’ve followed the LGBT outcry surrounding our recent video on the Bible and homosexuality, you’re aware that YouTube came under tremendous criticism for running ads for our video (along with one from the ADF) on some LGBT YouTube channels. (See here and here for details.)

As a result of the outcry, which was totally disproportionate to YouTube’s offense, the internet giant responded with a strong statement on June 7, directed to “our LGBTQ community.”

YouTube noted that, “Over the past few days, we’ve heard many questions around monetization and how ads are served against videos by LGBTQ creators. We know this has been both confusing and painful, and want you to know that we hear you.”

Here, YouTube was explaining why many LGBTQ videos were demonetized, something that also produced an angry response. Perhaps YouTube will change this policy soon? We shall see.

What is Disparaging?

But what’s clear is that YouTube will not stand by certain content it deems “disparaging.” As the statement reads, “YouTube is an open platform and we support the free expression of creators with a wide range of views. But we don’t allow paid advertising that disparages people based on who they are and we remove ads that violate this basic principle.”

Now remember, this statement came as a direct response to conservative Christian ads running on LGBT channels. One was the ADF video about Christian florist Barronelle Stutzman, which can hardly be accused of “disparaging” anyone.

The other was our video “Can You Be Gay and Christian?” This video simply states what the Church has believed for the last 2,000 years, virtually without exception, until recent decades. There was nothing controversial in the content (in terms of historic Christian beliefs), and there was nothing disparaging in our commentary.

We responded to the leading “gay Christian” arguments, we used no demeaning terms, and we did not engage in name calling. We simply stated the orthodox Christian (and Jewish) teaching that homosexual practice was sinful in God sight. We also emphasized that through the cross, Jesus could forgive.

That content, however, appears to have gone too far for Google and YouTube.

Google and YouTube Take Aim … is the Bible Next?

First, we were notified that Google would no longer allow us to advertise the video. This means that we cannot promote a video which simply recounts the biblical teaching on homosexual practice.

According to their email to us, “We wanted to alert you that one or more of your ads or keywords have been disapproved. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to show your ads on Google, our search partners, or on Display Network placements until you edit your ads or keywords to make them compliant with our policies.”

The Disapproval Reason stated, “Inappropriate content: We value diversity and respect for others, so we strive to avoid offending users with ads or promoted content that’s inappropriate for our ad network. Please remove any content that promotes hatred, intolerance, harassment, intimidation, exploitation, violence, or self-harm.”

So, to repeat, YouTube will not allow us to run ads for a video simply stating what the Bible says about homosexual practice. Does that mean that, according to YouTube, the Bible “promotes hatred, intolerance, harassment, intimidation, exploitation, violence, or self-harm”?

What if you wanted to run ads for a video featuring the reading of Leviticus? Or Romans? Or 1 Corinthians? All those books contain explicit statements condemning homosexual practice. Will YouTube forbid these ads as well?

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Next, we discovered that our video had been completely demonetized, meaning, that it was deemed unsuitable for most advertisers. (We were previously told by a contact person at Google that the video was not controversial. What happened to change that verdict, other than a massive LGBT protest against the video?)

To be clear, we did not produce this video to make money. Instead, we put money into the video to get the message out, but YouTube no longer allow us to do that.

Worse still, it will not allow us to generate any money from the video, despite the fact that other videos we produced with similar content were previously approved. (For the record, the little income we do earn on YouTube is used to produce more videos. None of it is used for personal profit.)

What we know for sure is that: 1) YouTube will not allow us to advertise a video on the Bible and homosexual practice. And 2) YouTube has determined that no one can advertise on our video, making it ineligible for financial profit, even it was viewed 10 million times.

Do you understand why I asked at the outset if YouTube will one day block the Bible?

The Good News

The good news is that all the negative attention has drawn more viewers to our video. Not only so, but you, our readers and viewers, have responded with lots of “Thumbs Up” and many positive comments. You’re doing a great job of pushing back against LGBTQ intimidation tactics.

So, keep sharing the video with your friends, and if you haven’t given a Thumbs Up yet, click here and give it a positive vote. At least for now, YouTube has not taken the video down. For that, I’m thankful.

But to add to the drama, in the next few days, we’ll be releasing the second of our “Consider This” video series. It’s called “The New Conservatives?,”  and we shall see what controversy it stirs.

Stay tuned for the latest breaking news.

 

Update: As this article was about to be posted (and within two hours of when it was written), I noticed that YouTube had changed the status of our video, showing it was monetized again for ads. On June 7, the official status was listed as, “Not suitable for most advertisers. Confirmed by manual review.”

Now, on June 10, with no explanation given, the status color has changed from yellow to green, which we have never seen happen before. Is there an internal battle going on at YouTube, or is this a technical glitch? Either way, as I said, stay tuned for the latest breaking news! (This does not mean YouTube will allow us to advertise; it means that, for the moment, others can advertise on this video.

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  • tz1

    They will not block the Koran, the Talmud, or the Kama Sutra.

    • Jacob Miller

      Or the bible.

      Dr. Brown is being ridiculous.

      • Maltus Flavius

        Dr. Brown is being ridiculous?? 2 guys can get “married” today. Now that is ridiculous!!

        • Jacob Miller

          Saying that gay marriage is legal is not ridiculous. It’s a statement of fact.

          Suggesting that Google will ban the bible is ridiculous. It’s just fear mongering.

          I got curious and Googled “bible”. Over half a billion hits.

          • JP

            Homosexual “marriage” is ridiculous because they are not real marriages. To have a marriage you must have a husband and a wife. Only a man can be a husband and a woman a wife. Without that you don’t have a marriage. In homosexual “marriages” you don’t have this. Thus, these relationships are not marriages.

          • swordfish

            Marriage isn’t owned by Christianity. It can be defined and redefined by society as a whole in any way it pleases. Like it or not, most countries are voting to allow gay marriage.

          • JP

            Marriage is defined by what it requires. To have a marriage you must have a husband and a wife. Only a man can be a husband and a woman a wife. Without that, you don’t have a marriage. This is logic and has been defined this way for thousands of years.
            Homosexual “marriage” is not a marriage but a fake.

          • Maltus Flavius

            Saying something is legal does not make it right or good! Take Nazi Germany beginning in 1933 and the passing of [legal] anti-semetic laws, which only intensified during WWII in the early 40’s.

          • NickRepublic

            As the below pointed out LOTS of things were “legal” in Nazi Germany, didn’t make them right.

  • Patmos

    It’s the folly of LGBT, and the foolishness of tying identity to an action. They equate disapproval of an act with hatred of a person, even when all evidence points to that not even being close to the truth. In turn they are looking for approval for their action as justification to ignore their conscience.

    The only way out of such a death spiral is the saving grace of God, who even when we were dead in trespasses and sin, raised us up together and made us sit together with Christ Jesus in heavenly places.

  • Jim Walker

    “YouTube came under tremendous criticism for running ads for our video (along with one from the ADF) on some LGBT YouTube channels.”
    This was purely intentional and planned. YT is basically creating a stimulus to kick start their goal of purging all Christian material. Just wait and see.

    • Jacob Miller

      >> their goal of purging all Christian material. Just wait and see.

      I’m not going to hold my breath.

    • m-nj

      That was my thought when it happened.

  • Royce E. Van Blaricome

    When are Christians gonna stand up & start providing a competitive alternative to these worldly mega giant companies like FB, Twitter, YouTube, Google, etc. I’m no software guru but seriously, how difficult can it be to provide a YouTube alternative?

  • Jacob Miller

    No.

    I can’t imagine Google banning the bible. The idea is just absurd.

    Is this some stunt Dr. Brown is using to drive book sales?

    • JP

      Its not that absurd. To think that 2 homosexuals getting “married” or a guy who thinks that putting a dress on makes him a girl is accepted by millions shows that banning the Bible could happen.

      • Jacob Miller

        JP,

        No offense… but you are not being logical. Feeling like something is ridiculous is different than making a ridiculous statement.

        For example, I feel that giving tax deductions to US companies for moving
        overseas is ridiculous. But, it’s just a statement of fact.

        • JP

          Its not about feelings but truth and logic. Homosexual “marriage” is ridiculous. I gave you the facts and logic why it is.
          It is the lbgt crowd that works with the ridiculous. Gave examples why that is also true.

    • Patmos

      It’s not absurd at all. These things can turn quick, as short as 20 years or so, the length it takes to indoctrinate one generation. We saw it escalate throughout the 20th century with the rise of Marxism, and we already see that indoctrination taking place on the left, with many young people in favor of speech suppression.

      The saying, “It can’t happen here” are famous last words. It already is happening, the beginnings of it at least.

      All the more reason to thank God we were spared Hillary as she is very much of the technocratic elite, the ones who want one world religion and one world government, and if you think that one world religion will include a fair take on the Bible you are kidding yourself. They will essentially reduce it to rituals and a compromised version of God, falling in line with what Paul told Timothy about those believing but denying the power thereof.

      Truth be told we already see that aspect in place now, when it goes global it will simply try to merge it with other Gods. You know, a generic temple, maybe some incense, perhaps some singing of songs void of the Spirit.

      Again, we already see this taking place to a degree, so imagine what will happen with just a slight shift of power.

      • Jacob Miller

        Wow, that was a lot to unpack.

        But, I’m curious, do you think liberals (and a few conservatives) are being ridiculous when they say that Trump is putting America at risk for dictatorship or fascism?

    • Bojaws Dubois

      I don’t know if Biff really thinks that Google will ban the bible, but one thing I do know is that he likes to play the victim. He likes to pretend that he’s being persecuted, and he loves complaining about it.

      • Andy6M

        Well Skippy, he’s not in the habit of making things up.

        • Bojaws Dubois

          Except the threat of Google blocking the Bible is made up

          • Andy6M

            He asked a question. He didn’t provide the answer. You’ve changed his question into a statement. That’s on you.

          • Bojaws Dubois

            You must be American. Right? If read the actual article, not just the headline, you can see how he paints a possible threat.

          • Andy6M

            Nope – I’m a Canuck, and I’m a pretty good reader, though I tend to fall asleep in my chair these days. Ha! For me I guess the key thing is just as you said, a “possible threat”, as in hypothetical, not out of the realm of reason, though not imminent. It was reading into the future based on what we’ve seen in action today. I didn’t get the sense he was saying, “batten down the hatches cuz it’s the next thing coming.”

        • Jacob Miller

          >> Well Skippy, he’s not in the habit of making things up.

          What makes you say that? Do you fact check his articles and claims?

          • Andy6M

            I’m not religious about it, but I do check enough to feel comfortable trusting his claims.

    • Mr. Covfefe

      The homosexuals are working hard to achieve that.

      • Jacob Miller

        >> The homosexuals are working hard to achieve that.

        That’s almost always happen there is an outrage against someone.

        This seems to be Ann Coulter and Milo Yiannopoulos’ book and self-promotion strategy.

        I’m pretty sure that why Dr. Brown is really running with this “persecution” thing.

  • LaMan

    Communists are Godless.

    • Mr. Covfefe

      And gaytheists.

      • Jacob Miller

        “gaytheists”?!?

        Is that a thing?

        • Boris

          As is gaycist. Doesn’t like gays.

        • Mr. Covfefe

          It’s similar to a fagnostic.

    • Jacob Miller

      Most are, seems like. But I’ve met exceptions.

      For example, there are Christians in southern India who very sincerely explained to me that communism was instituted in Acts. They aren’t completely unbiblical about that.

    • Kelly B

      Karl Marx worshipped satan – read his personal writings and it’s obvious.

  • Mr. Covfefe

    Why don’t you sue them for violating your first amendment rights. They used the courts to attack the Bible, organizations like yours need to use the courts to strike back. They only make up 1.6% of the population while Christians are 70%. Your job should be much easier than theirs and they succeeded.

    • m-nj

      I am not supporting Google/YouTube, but the last time I checked, they are private entities. The 1st Amendment has to do with government curtailment of speech, and does not apply to a private platform denying something they do not agree with to be hosted. Dr. Brown is “fighting” the right way, in the court of public opinion, and ultimately in the marketplace of ideas.

      • Jacob Miller

        >> Dr. Brown is “fighting” the right way

        Suggesting that Google is going to ban the bible doesn’t strike me as the right way for a Christian to fight

        Aren’t we a people dedicated to truth?

      • Mr. Covfefe

        “The 1st Amendment has to do with government curtailment of speech”

        You couldn’t more wrong.

    • Andrew Mason

      This assumes the courts support the First Amendment. Given the blatant bias of many judges that’s by no means guaranteed.

  • swordfish

    It’s no good gleefully celebrating the fact that the Bible is homophobic, then complaining when someone notices that it is. Having said that, I certainly hope the Bible isn’t banned anywhere, as how else other than by learning what it says are people going to realise how monumentally ridiculous much of it is?

    • Andy6M

      Speaking of monumentally ridiculous…

    • Miss A

      If homosexuality is natural then homo-disgust is also natural oh you guys call it homo hate right? Well it is what it is.

      • Jacob Miller

        >> Well it is what it is.

        That’s one narrow point we can agree on.

        Gays are who they are. They aren’t going away just because we think their sex is yucky.

        • Miss A

          Who said anything about anyone disappearing? Who they are? That is all they are? You know what dont reply me. You and I will never agree on that issue

      • swordfish

        I don’t think hatred of gay people is natural. Much of it stems from the teachings of the three Abrahamic religions, which are keeping ancient prejudices alive well past their expiry date.

        • Miss A

          Not that I condone hatred of people, you can hate my beliefs but I cant hate your actions? Have you thought deeply about why some things are natural and some things are not. Your subjective morality contradicts you. My absolute morality is consistent even though you think it might stupid and backwards.

          • swordfish

            All I’m pointing out is that the three Abrahamic religions embody the prejudices which exist in the Old Testament, and which are probably just a reflection of societal prejuduces at the time it was written.

    • Jacob Miller

      >> the fact that the Bible is homophobic

      No on whole. Just a small handful of verses mostly in Leviticus and from Paul. This is out of tens of thousans of verses.

      Despite the impression one gets from anti-LGBTQ activists, homosexuality is a non-issue in most of the books of the Bible. Jesus famously doesn’t mention it at all.

      It’s very telling that none of the Old Testament prophets condemned homosexuality and those guys were in the business of condemning things.

      • Jim Walker

        And Sodom and Gomorrah was destroyed.

        • Boris

          Sure as was Atlantis.

          • Andrew Mason

            Actually Atlantis survived, it was flown back to Earth. You obviously missed the end of SG:A.

          • Boris

            That’s more likely than Jesus having existed.

          • Andrew Mason

            Given the historical evidence, the fact that you believe a fictional TV series to be more likely than real history says something about your bias.

          • Boris

            There’s not a shred of contemporary evidence that Jesus Christ or any of the apostles ever existed. Outside of the Bible there are no witnesses to any of the events such as this trial, crucifixion or resurrection not to mention dead people climbing out of their graves, the world going dark, Herod’s murder of innocent children or any of that stuff either. It’s misinterpreted mythology which was quickly turned into a money and power grab by the charlatans and crooks you call the “Church Fathers.”
            I rest my case.

      • Miss A

        You say you’re devout Christian, I sincerely doubt that. You pick choose and misinterpret things to suit you. Its appalling. Jesus doesn’t say a lot of this that is green light?

        • Kelly B

          Jacob Miller is a well-known troll of Christian websites. Rather than joining the undoubtedly scores of lefty websites full of people like him, he spends all of his time on actual Christian websites where he likes to say he’s a “liberal Christian” (which means he ignores and/or despises the Word of God). I blocked him long ago and am better off for it…

    • Incarnation of Truth ✓Vilified

      “homo phobic” Nobody is afraid of you, just disgusted because you’re gross. It’s like saying people are “bathroom phobic” because they don’t want to eat soup out of a bus station toilet or “needle phobic” because they don’t want injections from dirty used needles.

      • swordfish

        No one understands ‘homophobic’ to mean ‘afraid of homosexual people’. Everyone understands it to mean what the dictionary says it means, which is:

        “having or showing a dislike of or prejudice against homosexual people.”

        There, that wasn’t so difficult, was it?

        • Incarnation of Truth ✓Vilified

          It’s even easier to use language correctly, if you have an IQ higher than a stump. “Phobia” means irrational fear, and only irrational fear, and that is exactly what was intended to be communicated by it. But it isn’t irrational to be repulsed by repulsive things. It is irrational to live a self-destructive life.

          • swordfish

            Yawn. If you think the dictionary is wrong, take it up with them, not me.

          • Incarnation of Truth ✓Vilified

            We will, in due time, take it up with all of you IQ75 degenerates. That’s what “great again” means, sleepy head.

  • deanmike

    Hey Leftopaths. Does the Quran support homosexuality? They better ban that too if it doesn’t.

    …..Enjoy

    • Andrew Mason

      Can’t as that’d be Islamophobic.

  • Jim Walker

    Saw a picture in Twitter showing the progression of LGBT since 1995 (something like this) :
    1995 : We want tolerance
    2005 : We want equality
    2015 : Bake my cake you bigot, homophobe
    2018 : Use my pronouns or go to jail
    2020 : Pedophobe !

  • Stu Nahan

    Will Dr. Michael Brown stop blocking users on YT who cite scripture to disagree with his positions on his YT videos? (((Hypocrisy)))

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