Posted Jan 24, 2021 by Michael L. Brown

After preaching at my home congregation Sunday morning, I got into my car in the church parking lot to check my voicemails and messages. One of my colleagues had sent me the link to his new article, which I decided to share with my Twitter followers. To my surprise, I discovered I was locked out of my account for 12 hours for violating Twitter Rules.

But what I had done? What was the violation? There was no further information, no link to file an appeal, and no reference to an offending tweet.

Several years ago, something similar happened to me, but Twitter subsequently apologized, explaining that they had misunderstood my tweet.

This time, I was left in the dark, forcing me to search online for a way to appeal the suspension.

Obviously, this was not a serious crisis, and like many other conservatives, I knew my time on Twitter might be limited. Still, I was wondering what offense I had committed.

Minutes later, I had my answer.

I was informed that I had been locked out my account for 12 hours because of this tweet, which had been posted on January 20: “Will I get punished by Twitter for saying that, in God's sight, ‘Rachel’ Levine (nominated by Biden to be his assistant secretary for HHS) is a man?”

Yes, that was the offending tweet. It looks like Twitter answered my question!

When biological truth conflicts with transgender activism, biological truth is banned.

When biblical truth conflicts with transgender activism, biblical truth is banned.

There was nothing hateful in the tweet.

There was nothing that would incite violence.

I didn’t even “deadname” Levine, referring to him as “Richard.”

I simply stated the truth. In the sight of God, President Biden’s nominee for assistant secretary for Health and Human Services is a man.

Someone might challenge the statement, asking what gives me the right to speak for God.

Someone else might claim to have a different perspective on God’s point of view.

And, of course, an atheist would dispute the whole notion of God.

Fair enough. We can have those debates.

But to block me for this tweet? Really?

I read the Twitter Rules carefully.

Under the category of Safety are listed these sub-categories: Violence; Terrorism/violent extremism; Child sexual exploitation; Abuse/harassment; Hateful conduct; Suicide or self-harm; Sensitive media, including graphic violence and adult content; and Illegal or certain regulated goods or services.

Then I read the categories of Privacy and then Authenticity.

What rule had I violated? Where had I sinned? What was my transgression? (For John Zmirak’s brilliant, satirical self-confession, see here.)

Then I re-read the verbiage under “Hateful conduct,” which stated, “You may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, caste, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.”

So was that it? Was that my crime?

I dug down deeper into the rules, clicking the link for more information, which included this note (which, for some reason, used British English spelling): “We recognise that if people experience abuse on Twitter, it can jeopardize their ability to express themselves. Research has shown that some groups of people are disproportionately targeted with abuse online. This includes; women, people of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual individuals, marginalized and historically underrepresented communities.”

So that must be it. By simply stating biological and biblical truth, I had “harassed” a transgender person. What else could it possibly be?

This led then to the next question. Why did it take Twitter four days to decide I was guilty?

My only guess is that on Saturday, former governor Mike Huckabee retweeted my article about Biden’s radical, trans-activist executive order, including my twitter handle in his tweet. And given the size of his Twitter following, the tweet got lots of attention. Did this, in turn, draw attention to my account, and then my tweet?

Either way, the end result was yet another example of Twitter’s leftist censorship.

Ironically, the Twitter Rules page states that, “Twitter's purpose is to serve the public conversation. Violence, harassment and other similar types of behavior discourage people from expressing themselves, and ultimately diminish the value of global public conversation. Our rules are to ensure all people can participate in the public conversation freely and safely.”

In reality, Twitter is stifling public conversation and harassing people who believe things as basic as this: in God’s sight, a biological male remains a male, even when identifying as a female.

Not only so, but once again, we see how affirmation of radical transgender ideology trumps science, Scripture, and even common sense.

Perhaps I’ll get blocked the next time for saying that someone who identifies as a cat (or dog or dragon or the like) is actually a human? After all, wouldn’t therians (who believe in some way that they have an animal identity) fit in the class of “marginalized and historically underrepresented communities”?

And what about Twitter’s extraordinary double standards, as Bible-believing conservatives like me get bashed and mocked and cursed by the minute on these platforms, specifically for being who we are and believing what we believe, and that is somehow fine and dandy.

Over 15 years ago, when I began to warn that those who came out of the closet wanted to put us in the closet, I was roundly mocked. “That’s ridiculous,” I was told.

Who would have believed me if I said back then, “Social media platforms will block us for saying that a male who identifies as a female is actually a man in God’s sight”? Who would have believed that?

Levine may be a decent human being and a serious professional. But he is not a woman in God’s sight whether Twitter likes it or not.

In the end, Twitter may suspend me or block me (and countless others). But they cannot change the truth.

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yeshuais4me posted a comment · Jan 30, 2021
Twitter, Facebook, etc. is the Joseph Goebbels, Reichsminister for Propaganda and National Enlightenment of our time meaning we follow the party line when writing something to the world. There is no control over what is true or not true. A good example would be when the Nazis went to schools in Germany and asked children if they were cold, hungry, etc. The children were then told to pray to their god and ask for coats, food, etc. After a short period of time the Nazis went back to the schools and asked if they got the coats, food etc. that they prayed for and their answer was no. Then the Nazis asked the children to pray to Adolf Hitler for the coats, food, etc. Guest what? Within a short time many trucks showed up at the schools with all kinds of supplies. Hitler was not god! Until the Messiah returns the world is under the power of the "Evil One" with the lie being his favorite tool Our only protection is the Ruach Ha-Kodesh the Holy Spirit.
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ehhemmer posted a comment · Jan 30, 2021
Sad, but welcome to the club Dr Brown. Many of us have been suspended or even terminated by Twitter for stating the truth.
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gerald a posted a comment · Jan 29, 2021
Swkh310 says Twitter has a right to enforce their codes of conduct. The WHOLE POINT of this article is that Dr. Brown can't figure out how his tweet violated any of their defined codes of conduct. Swkh310 is seemingly unaware that that's what the article is about. And leftists routinely tweet things that are supposedly prohibited - a fact that Dr. Brown alluded to. I think Dr. Brown's bottom line point here is that the people at Twitter are liars, and are not enforcing any of those alleged codes. They just want to shut people up. I wonder if Swkh310 works there.
joeybrite posted a comment · Jan 28, 2021
Dr. Brown, I am just one of MANY women who have been silenced on that platform beginning quite strongly in 2017. Feminists who would even dare to say that the mantra being chanted by a tiny mob screaming in 1984-like fashion: 'transwomen are women' began being removed from Twitter as we saw that big tech was overrun with incels ('involuntary celibates'). These are grown males who learned how to code in their mother's basements & then got jobs in Silicon Valley in several powerfully-growing tech firms (google & Apple for just 2 examples). These incels LOATH the female sex. Many of them are responsible for the increase in pornography, prostitution and sex trafficking. Many have created the online gaming industry that is filled with imagery of males dominating females in a variety of cos-play activities. They loathe not only females, but any religion that is not on-board with their 'trans ideology' which they embrace as their religion. They have no idea how this entire decades-long campaign of unmooring us from our sexed bodies is the brilliant-evil work of a handful of billionaires who believe in transhumanism. I'm someone who became aware that there was a very creeping Trojan Horse that engulfed my lesbian and gay communities since the 1980's. I have been fighting this as someone from the 'left' for years now, until I learned that these financial interests WERE EMBEDDED in the 'left'. The Democratic Party, Big Tech, a ton of NGOs globally...This is FAR bigger than your accusation re: the 'slippery slope' trope you bring up in your piece. I began recognizing that religious and non religious politically and/or socially conservatives were being systematically silenced starting a few years ago. And, as we've seen more silencing in the general media platforms take place (Parler & more) right before this current administration took office, many of us formerly on the 'left' have our eyes wide open. Biden just signed away the rights of all females. We have a huge battle on our hands and many of us are working across the aisle together, because if there's anything I've learned about freedom of speech - which I do hold dear: I may not like what someone might think or say, but I will support their right to say it because I could be next. And this 'they/them' culture of 2+2=5 insanity we are living in has got to be challenged at every turn. I applaud you standing up for this truth in a horrific situation where the entire country is being gaslit that any man who decides in his adult life that he simple enjoys wearing women's clothing makes him somehow magically an adult woman is not just preposterous - it's DANGEROUS to society as a whole, functioning cohesive democracy. For a deep dive into learning about the massive financing by Pritzker, Rothblatt, Gill (Arcus) and others, check out a journalist who is exposing this crime-before-our-eyes. Massive medical experimentation is going on right now of our children and they are being indoctrinated right before their parents eyes who do not actually see what's happening. Keep speaking Sir! http://the11thhourblog.com
joeybrite posted a comment · Jan 26, 2021
Dr. Brown, I am just one of MANY women who have been silenced on that platform beginning quite strongly in 2017. Feminists who would even dare to say that the mantra being chanted by a tiny mob screaming in 1984-like fashion: 'transwomen are women' began being removed from Twitter as we saw that big tech was overrun with incels ('involuntary celibates'). These are grown males who learned how to code in their mother's basements & then got jobs in Silicon Valley in several powerfully-growing tech firms (google & Apple for just 2 examples). These incels LOATH the female sex. Many of them are responsible for the increase in pornography, prostitution and sex trafficking. Many have created the online gaming industry that is filled with imagery of males dominating females in a variety of cos-play activities. They loathe not only females, but any religion that is not on-board with their 'trans ideology' which they embrace as their religion. They have no idea how this entire decades-long campaign of unmooring us from our sexed bodies is the brilliant-evil work of a handful of billionaires who believe in transhumanism. I'm someone who became aware that there was a very creeping Trojan Horse that engulfed my lesbian and gay communities since the 1980's. I have been fighting this as someone from the 'left' for years now, until I learned that these financial interests WERE EMBEDDED in the 'left'. The Democratic Party, Big Tech, a ton of NGOs globally...This is FAR bigger than your accusation re: the 'slippery slope' trope you bring up in your piece. I began recognizing that religious and non religious politically and/or socially conservatives were being systematically silenced starting a few years ago. And, as we've seen more silencing in the general media platforms take place (Parler & more) right before this current administration took office, many of us formerly on the 'left' have our eyes wide open. Biden just signed away the rights of all females. We have a huge battle on our hands and many of us are working across the aisle together, because if there's anything I've learned about freedom of speech - which I do hold dear: I may not like what someone might think or say, but I will support their right to say it because I could be next. And this 'they/them' culture of 2+2=5 insanity we are living in has got to be challenged at every turn. I applaud you standing up for this truth in a horrific situation where the entire country is being gaslit that any man who decides in his adult life that he simple enjoys wearing women's clothing makes him somehow magically an adult woman is not just preposterous - it's DANGEROUS to society as a whole, functioning cohesive democracy. For a deep dive into learning about the massive financing by Pritzker, Rothblatt, Gill (Arcus) and others, check out a journalist who is exposing this crime-before-our-eyes. Massive medical experimentation is going on right now of our children and they are being indoctrinated right before their parents eyes who do not actually see what's happening. Keep speaking Sir! http://the11thhourblog.com
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RAS posted a comment · Jan 26, 2021
Swkh310, that's basically the same argument used by Germany's "Ministry of Truth" in the 1930. Everything they did was legal under their laws, until 1945. It was also the essence of the defense the war criminals used at Nuremberg. Yeah, it's all legal, and so it is right. NOT!
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Swkh310 posted a comment · Jan 25, 2021
Twitter owes its users nothing. If your posts violated their codes of conduct, they every legal right under the first amendment to kick you out. Just like you could do on your site with people whose posts you don’t like.
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RAS posted a comment · Jan 24, 2021
Welcome to the Googlelag Archipelago, your Fascistbook Ministry of Truth, and your subjugation under the Twitwit overlords.
HebrewSdnt posted a comment · Jan 24, 2021
Sorry to hear this, Dr. Brown. Twitter has been rather crazy over the past several years. I even remember when a video with Thomas Sowell discussing welfare was called “sensitive material.” You could still watch it, but you had to make a few extra clicks to see it. It is a sad reality that calling a man a man gets you disciplined for TOS violations. That is what happens when identity is seen as psychological rather than created by God. Only when we see God as creator and us having to bring our psychology into conformity with the world *He* has made will we *ever* turn the corner as a nation. Until that time, we speak the truth, and pray that God would open these people’s eyes.