Are they gonna try this trick with Islam, too? Or is this discrimination SPECIFICALLY anti-Christian?
It happened five Hundred Years ago last October 31st.
That’s when the Martin Luther is said to have launched the Protestant Reformation.
When pressed to recant his faith and teaching as ‘heretical’ he made this speech (or something like it).
Unless I am convinced by the testimony of the Holy Scriptures or by evident reason-for I can believe neither pope nor councils alone, as it is clear that they have erred repeatedly and contradicted themselves-I consider myself convicted by the testimony of Holy Scripture, which is my basis; my conscience is captive to the Word of God. Thus I cannot and will not recant, because acting against one’s conscience is neither safe nor sound. God help me. Amen.
In that day, the Catholic Church was the single most powerful institution in the world. The Pope was arguably the single most powerful man. But Luther stood his ground.
Five Hundred years later, the same Lutheran Church is being told by secular jackboots in a Big Tech company more powerful than many nations that Jesus is a name that must not be mentioned in the advertising. Oh, and the Bible has to go too.
Lutheran Publisher, Concordia Publishing House (CPH), was demonetized by Google for certain violations.
Upon receiving notification that the remarketing ads were disapproved, CPH staff contacted Google. In this conversation, CPH staff members were informed that remarketing ads based on religious beliefs were not allowed. After reviewing cph.org, cph.org/blog, and splashcanyon.cph.org, the Google representative indicated that content provided by CPH was beyond the scope of becoming compliant with Google.
CPH staff requested that a manager review the decision. This request was denied. The Google representative proceeded to inform CPH staff of changes that could be made to splashcanyon.org to bring it into compliance. These changes included removing specific faith-based content.
Since obviously most of the internet and their searches are driven by Google, they wanted some clarification.
Following this manual review, Google informed CPH that the type of ad in question would not be allowed based on Google’s policy of religious belief in personalized content. As a Google AdWords Support representative explained, the disapproval resulted from the fact that the items in the ad and on the CPH website refer to Jesus and/or the Bible. CPH was also informed that we could 1) remove all items that refer to Jesus or the Bible and proceed to use the remarketing ads or 2) use a different type of Google ad product. A follow-up email from AdWords Support reiterated the need to change or remove content. In part, the email said the following:
“Troubleshooter: Religious belief in personalized advertising
Read the policy above to learn what we don’t allow. Ensure that your ads, site, or app comply with Personalized advertising policies. Note that even if ads are not targeted using sensitive categories, some types of ad content are still prohibited.
Remove that content from your site or app. If your site or app has content that we don’t allow, remove all content that doesn’t comply with this policy or rename with matching synonym. You’ll then need to request a review before moving on to the next step of checking your audience lists.
Remove that content from your ad.
So, they’re supposed to bend the knee to GOOGLE, when the entire existence of the Lutheran denomination began with a religious defiance of human authority.
The Big Left will demand fealty. But guess what?
Even though their demand is that Christians and conservatives should be assimilated, we have a reply to them:
Resistance is NOT futile!