Facebook has removed the Christian
ministry “Warriors for Christ” page, saying the page violated community
standards on bullying and hate speech.
Warriors for Christ, a West Virginia-based ministry, are a group that
opposes any sinful behavior. Its Facebook page had more than 225,000
Its administrators frequently post memes that criticize LGBT rights and
abortions, among other topics. Videos from Pastor Rich Penkoski are also
posted on the page.
The page was first taken down on Dec. 29.
The page was reinstated after an online petition called for Facebook to
reverse its decision. The page was then again removed last Friday.
Penkoski told The Christian Post that the group’s Christian beliefs are
"We can't even use the term 'LGBT' in any context whatsoever or else it
immediately gets flagged and banned. If we type those four letters out
in our page, it gets removed," Penkoski said.
He said that only 3 percent of their 3,000 posts referred to LGBT
issues. The organization’s focus is counseling, he added.
"Yet, homosexuality is the focus that everyone keeps talking about with
us. We talk about abortion. We talk about adultery. We talk about
fornication. Nobody ever talks about that stuff," he added. "When
Facebook pulled our page [for the first time], we were actually
counseling with a young woman who was suicidal."
The second time the page was pulled, Penkoski said he did not receive an
explanation and was told the decision could not be appealed.
"Your Page 'Warriors for Christ' has been removed for violating our
business or promotional purposes. Among other things, Pages that are
hateful, threatening or obscene are not allowed," the email reads. "We
also take down Pages that attack an individual or group, or that are set
up by an unauthorized individual. If your Page was removed for any of
the above reasons, it will not be reinstated. Continued misuse of
Facebook's features could result in the permanent loss of your account."
Facebook did not comment, but instead pointed to their policies on hate
speech and bullying, which says bullying or harassment is not tolerated
and pages that “attack” people based on race, ethnicity, national
origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, sex, gender and
gender identity will be removed.