Banned Practice: YouTube Takes Censorship to Trans Debate

November 08, 2019

By Tony Perkins

“Talk with teens about possible regret.” That’s what the American Academy of Pediatrics says about tattoos and body piercings. But when it comes to giving a girl who thinks she’s a boy a double mastectomy, the same organization thinks parents should “respect” their kids’ wishes.

That’s just part of the hypocrisy Dr. Michelle Cretella was trying to point out about the liberal medical community in a popular video for the Daily Signal. I say “trying,” because after two years, the flaggers at YouTube decided to pull down the 2017 content and ban it. The truth about transgenderism, they said, “violates YouTube’s hate speech policy.” According to liberal flaggers, the offensive part was just one sentence — but, as Daily Signal editor Katrina Trinko explained on Thursday’s “Washington Watch,” it was an important one.

“If I walk into my doctor’s office today and say, ‘Hi, I’m Margaret Thatcher,’ my physician will say I am delusional and give me an anti-psychotic,” Dr. Cretella explained. But, “if instead, I walked in and said, ‘I’m a man,’ he would say, ‘Congratulations, you’re transgender.’ If I were to say, ‘Doc, I’m suicidal because I’m an amputee trapped in a normal body, please cut off my leg,’ I will be diagnosed with body identity integrity disorder. But if I walk into that doctor’s office and say, ‘I am a man, sign me up for a double mastectomy,’ my physician will.” Then came the part that really set YouTube off: “See, if you want to cut off a leg or an arm you’re mentally ill, but if you want to cut off healthy breasts or a penis, you’re transgender.”

Nothing that Dr. Cretella said is medically inaccurate. “And yet [it’s] so ‘offensive,'” Katrina argued, that “YouTube cannot even let it be said.” And what’s even more incredible is that this video has been online for a whole two years! It already has 70 million views. If YouTube wanted to keep the lid on these facts, they sure took their time doing it. But even now, after months of back-and-forth with the Daily Signal, it’s obvious the company isn’t concerned about truth or fairness. “We said, ‘Hey, we understand you’re a private company. We respect that you have the right to have your own rules. But we really think that this is a targeting of conservatives. Can we come to some sort of understanding?”

YouTube’s answer? No. “Ultimately, we were told the only way we could get the video back on YouTube was to delete the sentence [about cutting off healthy body parts]. In other words, we had two choices: censor the doctor’s words or have no video on the world’s biggest video platform.” That, Katrina said, “should horrify every YouTube user — and anyone who values the importance of a public square featuring a variety of perspectives.”

At a time when children are being legitimately and irreparably hurt by this ideology, the last thing any social media company should be doing is silencing experts. Dr. Cretella is a pediatrician with decades of professional experience. She understands the consequences of this because she’s seen them. If families reinforce and support their kids’ biological gender through puberty, “the vast majority of gender-confused children [as many as 98 percent!] get better.” But here we are, she warns, rushing to “chemically castrate gender-confused children with puberty blockers. Then we permanently sterilize many of them by adding cross-sex hormones, which also put them at risk for heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancers, and even the very emotional problems that the gender experts claim to be treating.”

The truth may be uncomfortable. The science might be “offensive.” But what people don’t know about this fad of self-expression is destroying our children’s futures. The Left can’t debate Dr. Cretella — they can’t argue against the facts — so they call it “hate speech.” It’s time for the rest of us to rise up and speak out — while we still can! Conservatives may not be as loud and noisy and quick to complain as liberals, Katrina says, “but we exist.” And we should be allowed to speak freely. If you agree, weigh in. Tweet at them: @YouTube and @google. Or leave a message on Google’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Google/) or YouTube’s (https://www.facebook.com/youtube/).


Tony Perkins’s Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.

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Praying Scripture in Spiritual Warfare

Here are some examples of using God’s Word to fight and win.
Read the scripture from the Bible and then turn the scripture into a prayer.

Feeling Afraid or Confused
2 Timothy 1:7 God, you have not given me a spirit of fear, but the Holy Spirit resulting in power, love and a sound mind.
Psalm 4:8 Because of you, Lord, I can sleep in peace and dwell in safety.
John 4:4 God, You are my Father and I am your child. Greater is your Holy Spirit in me than the devils of this world.

Feeling Guilty and Worthless after Confessing Sin
Colossians 2:13-15 Thank you, Lord, for forgiving me. The blood of your cross has wiped the record clean. The curses can no longer cling to me. Your glory triumphs over spells and witchcraft.
Isaiah 54:17 My righteousness is a gift from you, Lord. No attack from the enemy will prosper. My inheritance is that You, Lord, will defend me and claim me as your own.

Spiritual Attacks – Respond, counter attack and walk in victory.
Jude 1:9 The Lord rebuke you. May God be glorified. May Satan get no glory here. (We don’t have to get dramatic.)
James 4:7-9 Satan, I reject you and all your evil ways. Jesus, I draw near to You.
Ephesians 6:15 Oh Lord, wherever I go, may I bring peace and declare your peace. That the God’s wisdom and God’s design will permeate my surroundings. (Peace is defined as things flowing as they should.) That love will flow between parents and children. That people would pursue God’s righteousness instead of rebellion. That truth will be taught about life, relationships and finances. That our hearts passions would be for God and His glory … and not for idols, destruction and lust.

Witnessing in Enemy Territory
Proverbs 14:27-28 My God and King, I want to bring glory to you by bringing people into Your Kingdom. Lord, may there be many generations in this place that serve and bring glory to you. Help us for your glory and bless the work of our hands. Lord, help us to teach them to fear you as the Fountain of Life, that saves them from the snares of death.
Jude 1:20-23 Oh Lord, help us hate the sin, but love the sinner. Help us rescue them from the fire of hell. Satan may have tattooed his name all over their body, but You, Lord, still want to write your name on their heart.
Ephesians 1:17-23 Oh Lord, we are your inheritance that you cherish. Lord help us to be a bright light that helps them understand that You love and want them. Lord give us wisdom and power to be effective in the work You have called us to do. Lord, we want to build up Your church and fill this land. Please shine Your light into their minds so they can understand how great and glorious You are.

Pray and Preach referencing God’s Word.
(What is an angel’s sword? Doesn’t God have new technology like bombs, bullets and lasers? Why are angels still using swords today and in the future? An angel’s sword is the Word that God has spoken about a situation.)
Genesis 3:24 God declared no one could eat of the tree of life.
Jude 1:9 God declared Satan could not take the body of Moses.
Zechariah 1:4-5 We do not need walls to protect us, when God declares protection.
Ephesians 6:17 The Word of God is the Sword of the Spirit that we are to proclaim.
Revelation 19:15 Jesus judges the nations with the sword of His mouth.
John 3:18-21 Jesus didn’t come to condemn the world, because they were already condemned by the sword of His Word in Exodus and Deuteronomy. Jesus came to earth so that we could declare the Sword of forgiveness and life through the blood of Jesus Christ. The Word of God sets the captives free.

Have fun in the joy of the Lord!

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They Weren’t Prepared for This

Family Research Council
December 13, 2018

Where does raising a white flag in the battle over your core values lead? Ask the Boy Scouts of America. After throwing up their hands on 103 years of conviction, the group may finally be learning that standing on principle isn’t easy — but it’s a whole lot better than the alternative.

The fight to live out your beliefs can be an exhausting one. Until 2000, the Scouts had spent years in court just for the freedom to stick to its moral code. They won, but — to the organization’s dismay — the battle didn’t end. Waves of LGBT activists kept coming, and the pressure built until 2013, when BSA leaders gave into the lie that compromise would be their salvation. Five years later, we all can see: there’s almost nothing left to save.

A half-decade into its LGBT experiment, the Boy Scouts are a step away from bankruptcy. Turns out, their defining moment may also be a fatal one. As the Wall Street Journal reports, the group has been bleeding members since it broke camp and allowed in kids and leaders who openly identify as gay and transgender. Not long after that, one of its biggest backers, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, announced the withdrawal of tens of thousands of young LDS from the program. Then, the paper points out, there was the fallout from recruiting girls, which not only angered its base — but pitted the organization in a legal war with Girl Scouts USA. Now, a program that used to be one of America’s finest is considering Chapter 11.

Friends, if you’re wondering where the road of compromise leads, this is it. This is the future of anyone in the Christian community who exchanges the truth for cowardly conformism. The Boy Scouts dropped their moral mandate to accommodate what they don’t believe. In the current climate, that’s called “inclusion.” But if the Scouts were being more inclusive, why didn’t their numbers grow? Because, when you try to appeal to a conflicting moral viewpoint you only end up attracting the conflict!

Right now, too many churches, Christian colleges, and leaders are dangerously close to making the same mistake. They’re so desperate or fearful — or both — that they’re willing to water down who they are to protect the small space they’re standing on. There’s just one problem: the gospel’s truth isn’t up for negotiation. And in their rush to soften the blow of its confrontation, some believers are losing their identity.

Christians in Paul’s time were no different. Like humans throughout history, they craved acceptance. “I am astonished,” Paul wrote to the Galatians, “that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel — which is really no gospel at all. Evidently, some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ… Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings or of God? …If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

The Boy Scouts wandered so far away from their identity that by the end of 2016, they even dropped their most defining characteristic: boys. In the end, it ruined them. That’s the destiny of any Christian who takes the naïve view that world can be placated. It can’t. True love, I Corinthians 13:6 tells us, is truth. It’s being salt and light in a draining, unforgiving culture. “Come out from them and be separate,” Paul said, because he understands that in the end, it’s not our sameness with the world that transforms people. It’s our distinction. And one of the greatest is standing for truth — even when we’re standing alone.

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Santa the Worship Stealer

The attributes of God, that God is to be praised and worshiped for, have been attributed to Santa.  Santa is getting the worship that is reserved for God alone.

  • Love and Relationship – God cares for His children.  God is able to fulfill all our needs according to His riches and mercy through Christ Jesus our Lord.  Yet Santa is given credit for being able to fulfill our deepest wishes.  Children are encouraged to take their wish list to Santa for fulfillment.  Santa cares about the hopes and dreams in their heart,  and he would be delighted to bring them joy.  Children are taught that the greatest honor of Christmas is being able to sit in Santa’s lap and tell him what they want.
  • Omniscient, Merciful Judge – God knows all our sin and still loves us.  God knew all our days, before we were born.  He wrote good thoughts about us in a book, before we were born (Psalm 139).  While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5).  Jesus said to care about whether our names are in His Book of Life.  Yet children are taught to be good for Santa and care about Santa’s naughty and nice list.  Santa knows if you have been good or bad, so be good for goodness sake.
  • Unlimited Servants and Resources – God is the creator of all things.  God has ten thousand times ten thousand angels worshipping Him and hoping for a special task they can do to bring God honor and glory.  Yet children are taught to appreciate Santa’s elves for all the hard work elves do all year making presents.   Santa’s workshop has unlimited resources to create the best gifts to the most delightful specifications.
  • Worthy of Praise – God is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  His name is to be praised in every nation for His mighty deeds and His unfailing love.  God has a special crown for those who loved when Jesus appeared to man and walked among them.  God calls it “The Crown of Righteousness”, because honoring Jesus is the right thing to do.  Yet children are taught to hold Santa’s name in high esteem.  They are taught that to say something bad about Santa would be unthinkable.  Children are taught to sing Santa songs of praise and adoration.  Santa is the highest dignitary of any parade.  Santa’s surprise appearance at any event is met with awe and wonder.
  • Worthy of Service and Gifts – God is the owner and Lord of the whole universe.  All the cattle on a thousand hills are His.  In His hand is the breath of all mankind.  To give a gift to God is to merely acknowledge that we are temporary stewards of His majesty.  Yet Santa worshipers are taught to give gifts in Santa’s name.  People wear Santa hats, when they do acts of charity, so people know the gifts are given in Santa’s name.  Parents labor for the resources to buy gifts for their children.  Parents wrap the presents in hope of bringing delight to their children.  Then, parents show their submission to Santa by telling their children the gift came from Santa.  The children respond with joy and gratitude for their gifts, and the parents humble themselves and redirect the children to Santa.

The Santa Claus that is celebrated today has little association with the Saint Nicholas who gave gifts in 300 AD.  The Santa Clause with red suit, reindeer and elves is more closely associated with Woden, the Nordic Wizard Warrior God, who flew through the skies in December bringing gifts to children.  Woden is honored every Wednesday, Woden’s day.  Woden’s son, Thor, is honored on Thursday, and Woden’s wife, Frigga, is adored every Friday.

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