Twitter has suspended The Christian Post (CP), a member of the Evangelical Press Association, from its social media platform for posting a link last week to its news story describing U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health and Human Services Rachel Levine as “a man” who identifies as a woman.
In its March 15 tweet, CP states: “USA Today names Rachel Levine, a man, among its ‘Women of the Year,’” and includes a link to its news article.
Twitter emailed CP on March 20 to alert the global news website, headquartered in Washington, D.C., that its tweet had been deemed “hateful conduct” in violation of the social media giant’s policy.
CP has appealed Twitter’s suspension, but their account remained blocked on March 24 from posting articles as well as liking, following or retweeting posts.
“Twitter told us that if we remove the tweet of the CP article, ‘USA Today names Rachel Levine among its ‘Women of the Year,’ then our account will be restored,” CP stated on Faithwire.com. “We do not plan on removing the tweet. We will continue to speak the truth even if it costs us our Twitter account.”
In addition to CP, Twitter has also blocked a satirical account with evangelical roots, The Babylon Bee, for posting a joke about honoring Levine as their “Man of the Year.”
In an email to subscribers, Seth Dillon, CEO of The Babylon Bee, stated: “They could, of course, delete the tweet themselves. But they won’t. It’s not enough for them to just wipe it out. They want us to bend the knee and admit that we engaged in hateful conduct.
“I can promise you that’s not happening. Truth is not hate speech. If the cost of telling the truth is the loss of our Twitter account, then so be it. We won’t compromise the truth just to keep our account.”
Twitter’s latest speech ban over public opposition to transgender ideology that rejects simple biological and physiological facts continues a pattern that has included temporary suspensions of state government officials, politicians, radio and podcast hosts, journalists and feminists alike.
For example, in November, Twitter temporarily blocked a Republican congressman from Indiana following his stated objection to Levine’s recognition by U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy as “the first female four-star officer to serve in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.”
Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., remarked on Twitter: “Calling someone that was born and lived as a man for 54 years the first ‘female’ four-star officer is an insult to every little girl who dreams of breaking glass ceilings one day.”
But Twitter ruled that Banks violated its hateful conduct policy when he tweeted further that: “the title of first female four-star officer gets taken by a man.” Twitter’s policy prohibits tweets that engage in “misgendering or deadnaming of transgender individuals.”