Christians are furious because a channel advocating ‘gay cure therapy’ was taken down on Vimeo.
Pure Passion Media, formerly known as Mastering Life Ministries, is a Christian channel. It is led by David Kyle Foster who describes himself as a ‘former homosexual’.
The site claims to cure people of being homosexual or transgender. And it calls being LGBTI ‘sexual sin and brokenness’.
The channel was full of videos showing the testimonies of self-proclaimed ex-gay or ex-transgender people who were ‘healed’ through Christ.
Now video streaming platform Vimeo has pulled the plug on Pure Passion as it promotes dangerous and discredited ‘gay cure therapy’.
All the world’s major professional medical organizations condemn ‘gay cure therapies’. They are ineffective and can kill.
Vimeo contacted Pure Passion for the first time in December last year, according to World Net Daily.
They informed Foster a moderator had flagged up some of the channel’s videos, and reminded him that ‘Vimeo does not allow videos that harass, incite hatred or depict excessive violence’.
He was told to remove all videos not complying with this rule, before his account would be reviewed 48 hours later.
Foster didn’t comply, but instead denied everything.
‘You must have the wrong account. We are an award-winning Christian ministry that only posts content that helps people, not hurts them,’ he said.
So Vimeo spelled out the rules again.
‘It seems that a number of your videos go against the Vimeo Guidelines of: “We also forbid content that displays a demeaning attitude toward specific groups,” they replied.
‘Including: Videos that promote Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE).’
WND proves they completely miss the point by claiming this means videos about Alcoholics Anonymous because they ‘shame’ alcoholics.
But while alcoholism is a medical problem, homosexuality is not.
Then on 16 March, Vimeo gave Foster a final ultimatum: Take down the offending videos in a week, or lose your channel.
‘Your statement equating homosexuality to “sexual brokenness” betrays the underlying stance of your organization. To put it plainly, we don’t believe that homosexuality requires a cure and we don’t allow videos on our platform that espouse this point of view,’ Vimeo said.
‘Please remove any and all videos that discuss homosexuality as a condition requiring healing. We also consider this basic viewpoint to display a demeaning attitude toward a specific group, which is something that we do not allow.’
All of Foster’s 850 video were deleted on 24 March.
Foster’s supporters now claim Vimeo is ‘engaging in blatant, unapologetic, aggressive anti-Christian censorship’.
They say Christ can ‘transform’ people ‘when it comes to homosexuality’.
But it looks like Vimeo has had the final word.
‘Referring to homosexuality as a “dysfunction of sexual brokenness” or “sexual distortion” is not OK, nor is reference to “the fact that God can transform the life of anyone caught in homosexual confusion”,’ they said in a statement.
Pure Passion remains an active channel on YouTube.
Gay Star News have contacted YouTube for comment.