An author of a book depicting Jesus as a gay man was furious after Facebook banned his advert showing Christ’s crucifixion.
But now, after Gay Star News contacted the social networking site for comment, they have reversed their decision and ruled it didn’t breach their guidelines after all.
The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision, is by author Kittredge Cherry.
Art in it by Doug Blanchard shows Jesus as a gay man in a modern city, including the crucifixion and resurrection.
They started a Facebook page to promote the book, which was allowed, but an advert on Facebook to draw people to that page was banned.
The ad showed their gay Jesus being crucified.
Facebook told them: “Your ad was rejected because the image violates the Ad Guidelines. Ads may not use images that are shocking. Prohibited images include: Accidents, car crashes, dead or dismembered bodies, ghosts, zombies, ghouls and vampires.’
Cherry responded that Facebook contains many other images of crucifixion.
‘The book is indeed controversial, but its intentions are not blasphemous, there is no sexual content, and the violence is unavoidable in any retelling of Christ’s Passion.
‘We are fighting what appears to be censorship and discrimination based on sexual orientation at Facebook.’
Facebook told Gay Star News the ad was blocked but they have now reviewed it and decided it doesn’t breach their terms and shouldn’t have been removed.
They say Cherry and Blanchard can now upload it again.