Whistleblower exposes Google’s religious bias in labeling Christian videos ‘homophobic’
March 15, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) -- Whistleblower and Google software engineer Mike Wacker revealed evidence that the human resources department of the giant corporation exhibits bias against Christians, labeling Christian YouTube ads “homophobic.”
Wacker tweeted Wednesday, "Let me give an example related to religion this time, one where HR is involved in describing sincere religious beliefs as 'homophobic.’" He referred to two videos that LGBT advocates regarded as objectionable, thus complaining to Google, which owns YouTube.
Wacker included in his tweet a video by Christian radio host Dr. Michael Brown “Can You Be Gay and Christian?" and one by the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) titled "Barronelle Stutzman's Story." Homosexualist objections stemmed from a 2018 story in PinkNews about LGBT activist and author Gaby Dunn, who had asked fans whether they had seen any “anti-LGBT” ads on her YouTube videos.
For reference, here are two of the allegedly "homophobic" ads that were getting called out externally:— Mike Wacker (@m_wacker) March 13, 2019
1) https://t.co/WMhU4sHk9a [Dr. Michael Brown]
2) https://t.co/sG8C7SOJ9H [Alliance Defending Freedom]
Brown’s video explains the Biblical and Christian perspective that views homosexual relations as sin. The radio host explained that repentant sinners cannot be proud of identifying with or engaging in homosexual acts.
In the ADF video, florist Barronelle Stutzman explained that she was sued by the State of Washington and the ACLU when she refused to make a floral arrangement for a same-sex wedding even while she otherwise has LGBT clients in her shop.
In retaliation for the perceived offense on the part of LGBT advocates, Google ruled that Brown's video violated its policies for advertisements on its platform. He was barred from paying YouTube to promote his video. Currently, his video does not appear as an advertisement before any other video on YouTube.
I won't comment on any policy decisions, but it is public knowledge that Dr. Michael Brown's ad was found to be in violation of Google's policies for advertisements. As a result, this video cannot be run as an advertisement for any video (not just LGBT videos).— Mike Wacker (@m_wacker) March 13, 2019
Brown explained to LifeSiteNews that YouTube has demonetized his video channel where he has posted 1,600 videos explaining Biblical and Christian teachings on issues ranging from abortion to sexuality. He wrote that there is no appealing YouTube’s decision.
— Mike Wacker (@m_wacker) March 13, 2019
"In both videos, people were expressing sincere religious beliefs in a respectful way," Wacker explained on Twitter about the posts by Brown and ADF. However, he wrote that Google's "HR published a 'representative submission' calling these ads homophobic, and their own editorial note called these ads homophobic as well." To exhibit Google’s bias, Wacker tweeted, "Finally, HR misused its authority and influence by publishing this phrase: 'This seems very counter to our mission.'" He added, "It definitely sent a strong signal to some employees that their sincere religious beliefs seem 'very counter to our mission.'"
On the topic of political bias at Google, I have decided to publish the following email I received from another Google employee in July of 2017. (For privacy reasons, parts have been redacted, including the employee's identity.) The contents of this email speak for itself. pic.twitter.com/X5nze8rsF4— Mike Wacker (@m_wacker) March 11, 2019
According to PJ Media, Brown said Google “certainly has a mission, and it is a mission dead set against our beliefs. And make no mistake about it: Google’s battle is with the Bible."
Saying he set out the Biblical position on homosexual acts in a compassionate way, Google and YouTube have banned the message as an advertisement. "That’s why I asked before if YouTube will next ban the Bible." Brown called on Christians working at Google to make their voices heard.
LGBT activists and other leftists cite the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) for labeling ADF, for example, as a "hate group." Likewise, the Michigan state attorney general and director of civil rights rely on SPLC to develop a targeted database of so-called “hate groups.”
SPLC has cited the Catechism of the Catholic Church in labeling the nonprofit pro-family Ruth Institute a "hate group." The Pink News article on Brown’s article noted that ADF had been described as a “hate group” by SPLC.
Wacker wrote on Twitter that many Google employees “will believe something is true if the SPLC says it's true." Because Google considers the SPLC a "trusted flagger" on YouTube for supposedly objectionable content, the power of the leftist organization is considerable. He tweeted that it is “common knowledge” that Brown was demonetized because of his statements about homosexuality.