The Daily Caller got their hands on internal documents from Google that show the company banned a Christian video from it’s advertising platform after a backlash welled up within Google itself over the video.
Michael Brown, a Christian radio host, was the one who authored the video called “Can you be gay and Christian?”.
Google banned a video explaining Christian teaching on same-sex marriage from advertising on YouTube after backlash from upset employees, according to internal Google communications reviewed by The Daily Caller News Foundation.
The video was flagged in June 2018 in an internal listserv, “Yes at Google,” which is run by Google’s human resources department, according to those communications and other internal documents, which a source shared with TheDCNF on the condition of anonymity.
The listserv has more than 30,000 members and is devoted to policing “microaggressions” and “micro-corrections” within the company, according to its official internal description.
The internal backlash to the video grew large enough to merit a response from a Google vice president, who said the video would no longer be eligible to run as an advertisement, the human resources team announced to the listserv.
The video from Brown describes homosexuality as a sin, by says people who are gay can still be Christians as long as they follow Christ’s teachings on sex and marriage:
Christian radio host Michael L. Brown argues in the video that gay people are welcome as Christians but that, like every other person, they are called to follow Christian teachings on sex and marriage.
Brown has spoken out in the past against “homo-hatred” and “ugly rhetoric” directed at gay and lesbian people by fringe groups like the Westboro Baptist Church.
In the video, he describes same-sex relationships as “like other sins, but one that Jesus died for.”
The belief that sex is meant to take place in the context of a male-female marriage — as argued by Brown — is central to most major Christian denominations’ marital teachings.
That’s not a far cry from what the Catholic Church teaches. It sounds like Brown was trying to be as welcoming as possible without straying from Biblical doctrine.
The DC continues…
Google HR highlighted in the listserv a “representative” comment from an employee who took offense that Brown’s video had appeared as an advertisement on channels operated by gay and lesbian YouTubers, the documents show.
“I cannot see how this can be allowed when the specific idea of LGBT videos is to allow the creators to feel free to share their content and be comfortable that anti-LGBT advertisers would not be attached to their content,” the employee wrote. “This seems very counter to our mission, specifically around PRIDE 2018 timeframe.”
Google’s vice president for product management and ads, Vishal Sharma, agreed that the video was too offensive to air as an advertisement.
“Thank you for raising this very important issue. It means a lot to me personally and those of us working on this across the Ads and YouTube teams. YouTube is an open platform and we support the free expression of creators with a wide range of views,” Sharma wrote in his response, which was included in the listserv.
“But we don’t allow advertising that disparages people based on who they are – including their sexual orientation – and we remove ads that violate this basic principle,” Sharma continued.
“After careful and multiple reviews over the course of a few days, our teams decided to remove the ad in question here as it violates our policy. We’ve communicated this to the advertiser and have been in touch with creators who have been actively engaged on this issue,” Sharma added, again expressing his gratitude for the internal feedback.
This is representative of what we’ve been saying for years: when the gays gain rights, Christians lose them. It’s very zero sum.
Of course we’re not talking specifically about ‘rights’ here, but the same idea applies. Because Google is very liberal, they can’t tolerate opposing viewpoints on LGBT issues like this.
In his response to the backlash, this Google VP suggested the video “disparages people based on who they are”. But that’s not true. Brown simply went through the scriptures to explain what the Bible says about marriage and homosexuality. He didn’t disparage anyone.
If this video was full of hate, then I could understand Google not allowing it in their advertising platform. But this video had no hate in it whatsoever. Yet because of their extreme intolerance, they banned it.
Zero sum. Christians lose the ability to advertise their ideas because homosexuals have become a protected class within liberal America.
But see, it’s totally OK with liberals when it works this way. If a business owner, however, denies a service to a gay person , then all hell breaks lose and that owner must be punished and taught a lesson. So not just zero sum, but completely hypocritical as well.