Pastor Daniel Ausbun was recently banned from the popular video sharing website YouTube after he posted a video of a sermon he preached discussing the persecution of Christians in the Middle East. His sermon focused on the new testament that included Matthew 24:9 that reads, “Then they will hand you over for persecution, and they will kill you. You will be hated by all nations because of My name.”
After members of his congregation expressed concern and curiosity about the crisis in the Middle East, he decided to address it in his church. Ausbun preached to his congregation about how Christians in the Middle East had a choice they had to make. Pay a tax, leave everything you have behind and flee, or die at the mercy of the sword. He preached that the message of God should continue despite the terror spreading like a disease and how they should pray.
After this particular sermon, the pastor claims that YouTube contacted him saying his account had been terminated due to “violations of the terms of service”. Even though after three years of participating on YouTube, he had never had an issue until that particular sermon. Ausbun is equating the termination of his account is due to the website’s view on what “hate speech” is. The website claims hate speech is, “speech which attacks or demeans a group based on race or ethnic origin, religion” .
It would appear that YouTube feels that a pastor speaking to his concerned congregation about a terrorist organization that brutally murders innocents, to be hate speech. As the hypocrisy of the situation reveals itself, it’s blatantly clear by allowing the beheading of American citizens to remain, it’s hard not to wonder who’s side YouTube is actually on? America’s or radical Islam? After the media caught wind of this story, YouTube has retracted their “mistake” and have reinstated Ausbun’s account. Funny how that happens isn’t it?