“Popular video hosting site Vimeo removed the account of Fairview Baptist Church, located in Oklahoma, after the organization hosted a conference criticizing homosexuality.
The ‘God’s Voice’ conference, hosted by Fairview Baptist in Oklahoma City on February 22–23, 2019, was intended to ‘bring biblical clarity to the recent confusion surrounding the issues of ‘revoiced’ sexuality and ‘LGBTQ+ Christians.’… Fairview Baptist calls God’s Voice a ‘response to the liberalizing message from evangelical elites on matters of sexual ethics.’
Speakers at the God’s Voice conference included syndicated radio host Janet Mefferd, Rev. Thomas Littleton of the Southern Baptist Convention, and Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality.
Michael Gryboski of the Christian Post reported Friday, March 15 that Vimeo had restored the account and some 300 of Fairview Baptist’s videos, but all of the videos from the God’s Voice conference remain deleted.
The news site Reformation Charlotte posted Vimeo’s letter canceling Fairview Baptist’s account. ‘Specifically,’ wrote Marty of Vimeo’s ‘Trust and Safety’ department, ‘Vimeo moderators will generally remove accounts or content’ according to the following criteria:
Make derogatory or inflammatory statements about individuals or groups of people
Are intended to harm someone’s reputation
Have an overall mean-spirited vibe
It is unclear from the Vimeo letter whether accounts must meet all of the criteria or only any one of them to be deleted.
Fairview Baptist responded firmly to Vimeo’s action in a Facebook post on March 12. ‘Christians should be worried. It is only getting worse in America. Churches using Vimeo should be aware and consider other options if (and when) the censors come for them.’
David Kyle Foster of Pure Passion Media, an organization combating a number of social ills from pornography to homosexuality to child sex-trafficking, went through a similar ordeal. On March 24, 2017, Vimeo deleted Pure Passion’s account, comprising 850 videos. According to Foster, a Vimeo spokesperson explained that ‘we don’t believe that homosexuality requires a cure and we don’t allow videos on our platform that espouse this point of view.’
The idea that homosexuality can be overcome, according to Vimeo, constitutes ‘a demeaning attitude toward a specific group, which is something that we do not allow.’
Foster told LifeSiteNews, ‘They also demanded we take down all the videos that were offensive to them, but would not tell us what they all were.’ Some of Pure Passion’s videos ‘also helped child sexual abuse and sex-trafficking victims. They couldn’t have cared less — they took all 850 of them down! So it would appear that helping those other victims is also offensive to Vimeo.’
On the other hand, Foster said, those running Vimeo ‘allow videos with horrible content on their site, such as a positive video about known pedophile Allen Ginsberg and porn videos.’
The God’s Voice conference, footage of which got Fairview Baptist removed from Vimeo, offers a rebuke to the Revoice Conference, an annual event at the forefront of mainstreaming homosexuality among Evangelicals.
The organizers of Revoice join Catholic priest and Vatican communications consultant Fr. James Martin in proclaiming that homosexuality is innate, ‘one of the deepest parts of a person.'”