Video sharing site Vimeo appears to be rejecting videos promoting “ex-gay” conversion therapy, and religious homophobes are enraged.
Michael Brown, a homophobic religious conservative whom the Southern Poverty Law Center has officially designated an anti-LGBTQ extremist, wrote an angry editorial screaming that Vimeo has “declared war on gospel transformation.” He goes on to say:
If Jesus has changed your life and set you free from homosexual practice, your testimony is not welcome on Vimeo – not now, not ever. And if you see homosexuality as another aspect of sexual brokenness, something for which Jesus died and something from which you can be healed, your opinion is not welcome on Vimeo.
Hooray! Oh, wait, he thinks that’s a bad thing.
Brown goes on to cry that Vimeo is committing bigotry and censorship for its policies forbidding “videos that are hateful, harass others, violate someone’s privacy, or include defamatory or discriminatory speech.”
Vimeo forbids other types of content, like pirated movies, pornography (unless it’s really artsy) and videos showing cruelty to animals. Naturally, Brown doesn’t rail against those restrictions. It’s almost like his complaints aren’t really about free speech.
Keep in mind that conversion therapy isn’t a neutral practice. It’s actively harmful. Many former victims of conversion therapy say they were sexually abused by their creepy counselors. And many young people who go through conversion therapy commit suicide.
Conversion therapy is fraudulent, ineffective and actively harmful. Vimeo’s policies ban anything promoting self-harm.
In response to Vimeo’s decision to ban David Kyle Foster, an “ex-gay” activist who hates Lady Gaga (how dare he), from the site for promoting conversion therapy, Michael Brown is launching a
harassment letter-writing campaign. He urges his fans to write to Vimeo and demand that they restore Foster’s account.
Vimeo’s probably going to get deluged with a lot of religious rage, so, as Joe My God suggests, why don’t you send them a message of support? Thank them for banning ex-gay videos and congratulate them on a job well done.
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