A United Kingdom-based media organisation ‘OpenDemocracy’ has claimed responsibility for the sudden closure of Pastor TB Joshua’s popular YouTube Channel Emmanuel TV, which had over 1,800,000 subscribers and 600,000,000 views.
In an article puplished by OpenDemocracy
Kerry Cullinan explains how the American video-sharing site terminated Emmanuel TV
“in response to our enquiries about TB Joshua’s controversial exorcisms”.
According to the article, the channel posted at least seven clips showing “the charismatic Christian televangelist engaging in exorcism to ‘cure’ gay and lesbian congregants of their sexual orientation by casting out ‘the demon of homosexuality’.”
Cullinan, however, agrred that after the Nigerian cleric’s prayers, the individuals concerned all gave testimonies that they no longer experienced same-sex attraction.
However, a YouTube spokesperson told openDemocracy after they reported Joshua to the social media giant.
YouTube’s Community Guidelines prohibit hate speech and we remove flagged videos and comments that violate these policies. In this case we have terminated the channel.
Meanwhile Joshua refuted the allegations of ‘Hate Speech’.
Our mission is to share the love of God with everyone – irrespective of race or religion – and we strongly oppose all forms of hate speech.
Talking about the videos that triggered the suspension, he added that;
God hates sin, not sinners. When the Bible says, ‘Do not judge so that you will not be judged’, it means we should hate sin, not the sinner because sinners can change… We should hate the act, not the people because our battle is not against flesh and blood but against the ‘spirit beings’ that cause all these acts.