Sunday, January 28, 2018

Why Does Facebook Harass and Censor Christians?


Why Does Facebook Harass and Censor Christians?

By Julio Severo
On January 28, 2018, Facebook blocked my account (https://www.facebook.com/julio.severo), for 30 days, for a professional exposé on how homosexualist groups abuse millions of Brazilian taxpayers’ money and for my support for Norway’s efforts to deport Muslim criminal immigrants.
The latest block came on the heels of another 30-day block, begun on December 10 and ended on January 9, for a comment about loving sinners.
Why a 30-day block following a 30-day block? What is the reason for the latest block?
According to the January 28 communication Facebook gave me,
We Removed Something You Posted
It looks like these posts don’t follow our Community Standards.
The translated posts mentioned by Facebook are these:
1) Serious exposé on the Brazilian homosexual movement. Thanks to the collaboration and sacrifice of many readers and friends, the first major exposé on the misuse of public funds by well-known homosexual activists is ready. Spread this exposé to all your friends and leaders of goodwill! http://bit.ly/1cCBiMg
This post, which Facebook removed and used as a pretext to block my account, was published on August 2013. Almost 5 years ago! Facebook has resurrected an old post, which is entirely journalistic and was professionally produced, to use it for its latest block.
2) Newly elected conservatives in Norway are expelling Islamic criminals: http://bit.ly/1fJfApI
This other post, which Facebook removed and used as a pretext to block my account, was published on February 2014. Four years ago! Facebook has also resurrected this old post to use it for its latest block.
The resurrection of these two old posts shows Facebook’s abusive behavior. There are thousands of similar conservative posts on my account and if Facebook follows this pattern of harassment, bullying and censorship, it can use any old post to block more times me or even terminate my account.
After showing my two old posts as its reason to block my account, Facebook’s communication said,
You’re Temporarily Blocked From Posting
This temporary block will last 30 days, and you won’t be able to post on Facebook until it’s finished.
If you post something that goes against our standard again, your account will be blocked for another 30 days.
Please keep in mind that people who repeatedly post things that aren’t allowed on Facebook may have their accounts permanently disabled.
With its latest block, using old posts, Facebook is clearly showing that conservative views are not tolerated in its environment. It is showing that it has no willingness to give his users safety and freedom for conservative views.
Facebook could have read my exposé on the homosexualist movement in Brazil and conclude that this document is journalistic and professional, just denouncing how homosexualist groups explore and abuse Brazilian taxpayers’ money. There is no improper language or personal attacks. Just sheer professional information.
On Norway deporting Muslim criminals, why Facebook’s fuss? If Muslims rape and commit other crimes in Norway, cannot they be deported? Cannot I report their deportation? Cannot I support Norway’s efforts to deport Muslim criminals?
I am an evangelical Christian. As far as Muslims are concerned, evangelicals are victims. There is no nation of evangelical majority where Muslims are persecuted. In contrast, there is no nation of Islamic majority where evangelicals are not persecuted.
In the same way, there is no nation of evangelical majority where homosexuals are tortured and murdered by evangelicals. In contrast, there is no nation of Islamic majority where homosexuals are not tortured and murdered by Muslims.
So my view is not only conservative. It is also the view of a vulnerable religious group that is victim of rapes, robbery and murders in Muslim nations.
In Muslim nations, the evangelical voice is silenced. Why is Facebook imitating Muslim nations and silencing a conservative evangelical voice?
If Facebook thinks that my professional exposé of homosexual groups abusing Brazilian taxpayers’ money is wrong, disprove it.
If Facebook thinks that my conservative view on Norway deporting Muslim criminals is wrong, disprove it.
Censorship is not a proper answer to conservative views on the homosexual greed for taxpayers’ money and Islamic violence. Censorship is the normal answer from dictatorial systems.
Facebook is a U.S.-based company and it should behave according to its American nature. Censorship is not a part of American tradition, clearly founded on Protestant principles, the same Christian values I have and I cherish. Facebook has greatly benefited from the freedom and prosperity Protestants, who were an overwhelming majority in America’s foundation, gave to the U.S. Facebook should show some gratitude to evangelicals for the sake of the U.S. Founders, including George Washington, who were Protestant.
If Facebook has received freedom in the largest Protestant nation in the world, why cannot Facebook give, in return, freedom to evangelicals? Even when there is no direct blocks on my account, my comments and interactions on Facebook have been treated as spam and deleted. People often are blocked from sharing my posts. Shadow banning on Facebook?
If Facebook has not been a victim of harassment, bullying and censorship in the largest Protestant nation in the world, why has Facebook made me, an evangelical Christian, a victim of its harassment, bullying and censorship?
I ask Christians around the world to help me, through prayers and support, fight Facebook’s censorship, harassment and bullying against my conservative Christian stances.
If you can help, contact me here: juliosevero@hotmail.com
Pressure works. Last July, the California-based Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund sent an official legal letter to the Facebook lawyers threatening legal action after Facebook removed a post by me and blocked me for 30 days.
After the threat, Facebook said,
“A member of our team accidentally removed something you posted on Facebook. This was a mistake, and we sincerely apologize for this error. We’ve since restored the content, and you should now be able to see it.”
Portuguese version of this article: Por que o Facebook atormenta e censura os cristãos?
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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Trump Delivers Historic Pro-Life Speech But Goofs As He Congratulates Homosexual Republicans


Trump Delivers Historic Pro-Life Speech But Goofs As He Congratulates Homosexual Republicans

By Julio Severo
U.S. President Donald Trump criticized U.S. abortion laws as among the most permissive in the world in a speech to pro-life marchers at the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., on Friday, and pledged his administration would always defend the right to life.
Trump became the first sitting president to address the March for Life, which was holding its 45th event since the creation by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973 of the right to abortion in its Roe v. Wade decision. Murder of babies through abortion is legally allowed in the U.S. since conception until the delivery day.
Since 1973, legal abortion has killed an estimated 60 million unborn U.S. children — a true American Holocaust.
Planned Parenthood, the leading abortion industry in the United States, receives annually 1 billion dollars from American taxpayers. But, because pro-life efforts are gaining momentum in the Trump era, congressional plans will probably eliminate roughly half a billion dollars, so that Planned Parenthood will have just half of its financial resources from American taxpayers.
Trump delivered a historic pro-life speech to a crowd at the Rose Garden at the White House. His speech was broadcast to the nearby National Mall, where an estimated 100,000 gathered to mark and mourn the advent of legalized abortion in America.
Trump said, “You come from many backgrounds, many places but you come for one beautiful cause. You come to build a society where life is loved, protected and cherished. … You are a movement born out of love.”
“We know that life is the greatest miracle of all,” the president continued. “We see it in the eyes of every new mother who cradles that newborn child in her loving arms.”
“That is why we march, that is why we pray, that is why we declare that America’s future will be filled with goodness, peace, joy, dignity and life for every child of God,” he said.
Trump lamented that the United States is one of only seven countries in the world that allows elective abortions after 20 weeks.
“As you all know, Roe vs. Wade has resulted in some of the most permissive abortion laws anywhere in the world,” Trump told the crowd.
“For example, in the United States, it’s one of only seven countries to allow elective late-term abortions, along with China, North Korea, and others,” the president said. “Right now in a number of states, the laws allow a baby to be born from his or her mother’s womb in the ninth month. It is wrong. It has to change.” (As recognized by the DailyMail, Trump “goofed as he complained about laws allowing babies to be ‘born’ in 9th month of pregnancy.”)
“Under my administration, we will always defend the very first right in the Declaration of Independence and that is the right to life,” said he.
Trump’s great pro-life speech would have been enough to galvanize conservatives who support his conservative policies. But, in this same week, he also congratulated the Log Cabin Republicans, the largest group representing LGBT “conservatives,” on their fortieth anniversary.
“I send my congratulations to the Log Cabin Republicans on the celebration of your 40th anniversary,” wrote Trump in his letter to the homosexual Republican group. “We are a Nation founded on the undeniable truth that all of us are created equal. We are equal in the eyes of our Creator. We are equal under the law. And we are all equal under our Constitution.”
Trump’s speech justifying homosexual behavior as equal is in conflict with Creator’s clear will in his Word, the Bible, but it is very similar to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech, who equally has advocated a pro-sodomy right-wing stance.
The Creator condemns 100 percent homosexuality and he does not celebrate nor congratulates homosexuals. He warns them.
Yet, Trump’s record on abortion has been much better than Netanyahu’s record. While under Trump abortion has faced resistance, under Netanyahu abortion has advanced in Israel.
Because of the pervasive corrosive influence of the Left, even right-wing movements have become ambivalent and disunited on major issues where the Left has been decisive and united. While Netanyahu’s administration has been ambivalent on abortion and sodomy, the Trump administration has been ambivalent only on sodomy.
Trump concluded his congratulation to the Log Cabin Republicans by saying, “No matter the color of our skin or our sexual orientation, we all live under the same laws, salute the same great American flag, and are made in the image of the same Almighty God. As we write the next great chapter of our Nation, we reaffirm our commitment to these fundamental truths and will work to ensure that all Americans live in a country where they feel safe and where their opportunities are limitless.”
A picture of the letter was posted to the Log Cabin Republicans’ official Twitter account on Wednesday, while Richard Grenell, Trump’s nominee for ambassador to Germany, announced on Twitter that he’s “waited a long time to have a GOP President with this kind of leadership.”
Grenell is a “gay” activist who advocates for homosexual “marriage” as a “conservative” issue. He criticizes “loud religious right activists” who oppose homosexuality and touts Trump’s uniquely pro-LGBT credentials as a Republican. He was an early Trump supporter.
Grenell, who lives in Los Angeles, reportedly has a long-term homosexual partner, Matt Lashey. Grenell is pro-life and has worked over the years to help pro-life advocates at the UN, according to one veteran pro-life advocate involved in international issues.
But when it comes to homosexuality, Grenell calls for greater “tolerance” in the Republican Party despite the party’s clear and longstanding platform language opposing “rights” and “marriage” based on aberrant sex.
In a Feb. 3, 2017, podcast with FOX News reporter Shannon Bream, he said, “I am gay, I am a Christian and I am still a man of faith.”
In the interview, Grenell demonstrates precisely the sort of pro-homosexual advocacy that inspires opposition among Christians who accept the age-old biblical proscription against homosexual behavior.
“I know I was born this way,” he emphatically told Bream.
Grenell told Bream that he grew up in a strongly Christian home and went to an Assemblies of God college. He cited his “liberating” experience attending Harvard graduate school and talking with the late homosexual pastor Peter Gomes. As the professor of Christian Morals at Harvard Divinity School, Gomes condemned alleged Christian “homophobia” and used his prestigious perch to rebut the religious case against homosexuality.
In the same vein, Grenell told Bream that biblical passages that historically have been interpreted as clearly proscribing homosexual practice actually do not mean that. The first chapter of the New Testament Book of Romans is one such passage.
“For so many Christians that I grew up with, they were focused on verses in the Bible that talked about homosexuality as a negative thing. And when you go back in and actually look at the original words for these verses, it wasn’t about being homosexual at all. It was about being deviant, or a prostitute,” he said. “And so there was no thought that you were going to be able to have a committed [homosexual] relationship.”
Robert Gagnon, a former associate professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and the world’s leading academic authority on the Bible and homosexuality from an orthodox (conservative) Christian perspective, specifically rejects Grenell’s thesis that the Bible does not condemn homosexual relationships.
Grenell said he respects Christians who disagree with him and his interpretation of Scripture.
The information on Grenell is from Peter LaBarbera, founder and president of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality.
On Trump congratulating the Log Cabin Republicans, LaBarbera remarked on Facebook that Trump congratulated “a homosexual activist group whose entire mission has been to normalize sodomy (homosexual behavior) as a ‘civil right,’ within the GOP — thus subverting the Republican Party platform. This would be like Trump congratulating the (pro-abortion) group Republicans For Choice.”
He added, “Pro-abort Republicans are free to vote GOP, and they do, but their organizations don’t get recognized and celebrated by the President. It should be the same for pro-homosexual Republicans.”
Following LaBarbera’s argument, the title of this article could also be “Trump Delivers Historic Anti-Sodomy Speech But Goofs As He Congratulates Pro-Abortion Republicans.”
LaBarbera also said, “Too bad for Trump and the RNC that God doesn’t make an exception for ‘Republican’ immorality.”
Trump can condemn abortion, but if he makes an exception for “Republican” immorality, this is not a good example of conservatism, not to mention Christianity.
He could also condemn sodomy and make an exception for Republican pro-abortion stances, and this would be equally against true conservatism and Christianity.
Obama or Hillary Clinton would have supported homosexuality and abortion, in a full leftist “victory” for the evil. Trump opted just for a partial conservative victory: he condemned abortion — which all true conservative presidents have done —, but he has spared sodomy, advancing a leftist “victory” to satisfy Republican homosexuals disguised as “conservative.”
Why does Trump want to condemn abortion without condemning sodomy? Even George Washington, the first U.S. president, condemned homosexuality. Why does not Trump want to follow his good example?
The great danger of Trump’s example is the advance of a pro-life movement that advances the homosexual agenda among conservatives.
Pro-abortion and pro-sodomy people are free to vote conservative politicians. But conservative politicians should never celebrate pro-abortion and pro-sodomy people.
Abortion and sodomy destroy a nation. If Trump condemns and fights both, he saves America. If he saves one of these perversions, America will not be spared from her fate.
If Trump intends to advance a pro-life culture, he has God’s blessings. But if he intends to advance a sodomy culture at the expense of God’s commands, he will do what Sodom was unable to do.
With information from LifeNews, Peter LaBarbera, LifeSiteNews, WorldNetDaily, Breitbart and DailyMail.
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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Debt, Charity or Population Control? Trump Designates $55 Million to USAID to “Help” Iraqi Christians


Debt, Charity or Population Control? Trump Designates $55 Million to USAID to “Help” Iraqi Christians

By Julio Severo
The Christian press is hailing efforts of U.S. President Donald Trump to help Christians in Iraq.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) said last week that $55 million of a $75 million tranche of aid money to the U.N. Development Program’s Funding Facility for Stabilization will go to addressing minority groups in areas of northern Iraq retaken from the Islamic State (ISIS).
FoxNews reported, “USAID payment already forwarded to the UNDP fund is to be especially aimed at ‘those who have been victims of atrocities by ISIS.’”
According to USAID’s press release: “The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have agreed to increase assistance to Iraqis, particularly religious and ethnic minorities, to enable them to return to their homes in areas liberated from ISIS.”
Yet, there are concerns.
“UNDP has been grossly mismanaged, is not transparent, and has deliberately marginalized the genocide that targeted Christian and Yazidi minorities for over the past two years,” observes Nina Shea, head of the Center for Religious Freedom at the Hudson Institute, and a strong critic of the U.N.’s behavior toward the minority refugees.
“What concerns me is that the bulk of the [Trump] money now for the Christians, the vast majority of it, is going to go through the UN,” Shea said.
“I have no confidence in the UNDP,” said she.
Shea is right about UNDP. According to Facts of Life, a pro-life handbook published by Human Life International (HLI) and written by Dr. Brian Clowes, the United Nations Development Programme has partnerships with pro-abortion groups, including the International Planned Parenthood Federation.
Yet, USAID also deserves no confidence as far as population control is involved.
In a HLI article, Clowes said,
“The United States National Security Council is the highest decision-making body on foreign policy in the United States. On December 10, 1974, it promulgated a top secret document entitled National Security Study Memorandum 200, also called The Kissinger Report. Its subject was ‘Implications of Worldwide Population Growth for U.S. Security and Overseas Interests.’ This document, published shortly after the first major international population conference in Bucharest, was the result of collaboration among the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Departments of State… Although the United States government has issued hundreds of policy papers dealing with various aspects of American national security since 1974, NSSM 200 continues to be the foundational document on population control issued by the United States government. It therefore continues to represent official United States policy on population control.”
NSSM 200, which was issued under a Republican (“conservative” and “right-wing”) administration, presents U.S. strategies to integrate population control measures (called euphemistically as “family planning”) and health and medical services. USAID was actively involved in the elaboration and implementation of NSSM 200, which mentions UNDP as included in its efforts.
What kind of “assistance” two population control agencies (USAID and UNDP) will give Iraqi Christians who survived ISIS? Health services integrated with “family planning”?
The Washington Free Beacon obtained photos of United Nations Development Program projects in Christian and Yazidi towns in northern Iraq, showing “completed” school-rehabilitation projects that amounted to a thin coat of paint on exterior walls with freshly stenciled UNICEF logos every 30 feet.
Inside the building, the rooms remained untouched and unusable, lacking running water, power, and furniture.
Usually, the only thing not lacking in such areas in dire need is population control. Even though there is a lack of everything necessary, there is an abundance of contraceptives, condoms, IUDS, etc.
Do Christians deserve it?
Iraqi Christians
From the U.S. government, Iraqi Christians deserve reparations. In 2016, Republican presidential candidate Trump accused U.S. President Barack Obama of founding the Islamic State terror group.
This is a very serious accusation. If Trump was right, the U.S. government under Obama committed crimes against vulnerable Christians by training, funding and arming ISIS, which raped, tortured and slaughtered Christians.
Iraqi Christians deserve much more than population control “assistance.” They deserve due reparations, including weapons to defend themselves. If the U.S. government under Obama could give arms to ISIS and other Islamic groups to attack Christians, why cannot the U.S. government under Trump give arms to Christians to defend themselves?
On behalf of the U.S. government, Trump owes an official apology to Iraqi Christians and all the victims of ISIS created by Obama. This apology is long overdue.
Population control is not assistance. It is to finish the extermination job ISIS began.
Pro-life leaders should contact Trump and ask a full review of USAID and its “assistance.”
Also, the Trump administration should open America’s doors for Iraqi Christians who survived ISIS. After all, they were victims of an Islamic terror group created by an American president. To welcome them as refugees is much more than charity. It is due reparation.
The U.S. economy has increased under Trump. Why not use a good part of these profits ($7 billion would be a good start) to help ISIS’s victims?
With information from USAID, Christian Post, FoxNews, The Hill, Aleteia and Free Beacon.
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