Evangelist Franklin Graham is back on Facebook after the social network lifted its 24-hour ban.
According to the Daily Mail and from Franklin himself, the social network banned him for a post he wrote in 2016 which argued in favor of a state being able to restrict a transgender person’s bathroom choice by their birth certificate gender.
From Daily Mail:
The social network issued the apology to the North Carolina-based pastor on Sunday, saying it had ‘made a mistake’ by banning him and removing the two-year-old post.
Graham thanked Facebook for the apology but went on to blast the social network and founder Mark Zuckerberg in a statement.
“Well, now we know,” Franklin wrote in a post critical of the platform and its founder.
“I was banned from posting on Facebook last week for 24 hours. Why? Because of a post from back in 2016 about North Carolina’s House Bill 2 (the bathroom bill). Facebook said the post went against their ‘community standards on hate speech,'” he continued.
“They’re making the rules and changing the rules. Truth is truth. God made the rules and His Word is truth. Actually, Facebook is censoring free speech,” Franklin said.
“The free exchange of ideas is part of our country’s DNA,” the North Carolina pastor said. “Since Facebook took down the 2016 post last week, I’ll copy it here so you can read it for yourself. Do you see any hate speech here?”
The 2016 post read:
April 9, 2016— “Bruce Springsteen, a long-time gay rights activist, has cancelled his North Carolina concert. He says the NC law #HB2 to prevent men from being able to use women’s restrooms and locker rooms is going “backwards instead of forwards.” Well, to be honest, we need to go back! Back to God. Back to respecting and honoring His commands. Back to common sense. Mr. Springsteen, a nation embracing sin and bowing at the feet of godless secularism and political correctness is not progress. I’m thankful North Carolina has a governor, Pat McCrory, and a lieutenant governor, Dan Forest, and legislators who put the safety of our women and children first! HB2 protects the safety and privacy of women and children and preserves the human rights of millions of faith-based citizens of this state.”
“I thank Facebook for their apology and I accept it,” Franklin wrote in a third post. “All truth is in the Lord Jesus Christ, who is ‘the Way, the Truth, and the Life.’ I would encourage all Christians—as well as Facebook—to stand on God’s Word and His truth.”