Influential conservative Christian commentator Bill Muehlenberg has been deleted by Facebook.
Muehlenberg is a prolific writer and states that “over 15 years’ worth of work with hundreds of thousands of posts, comments and articles completely erased – in an instant! Nearly 5000 contacts all stolen away from me! Stalin would be so very envious! Hitler would be jealous!”
Muehlenberg is referring to the pre-Photoshop erasure of personalities from Soviet and Nazi histories.
“At first I was told, ‘You can’t go live or advertise for 90 days,'” Muelenberg recounts. “But now it seems my entire page and everything else has been completely obliterated. So it now looks like my time on FB is over. They have banned me – again – and given me no word at all about what sins I am guilty of.”
Readers can still find Muehlenberg’s “Culturewatch” site here. He is a conservative evangelical writer with a large following. Muehlenberg is concerned with the shift in culture away from the traditional family, as well as loss of freedom of speeech, and the rise of the progressive left. But rather than a solution in politics, he places his hope in revival.
“There is little doubt that the need of the hour throughout the West is mighty heaven-sent revival,” he wrote recently. “One can see no other option than divine judgment.”
Of his trouble with Facebook, he comments: “There is a slim chance I might still be able to get back on – a long shot I know. But I will need your help. First, if you are on FB, can you please alert others about my latest imprisonment? Yes I know, I am a repeat offender – a real recidivist. But this one looks like it is permanent. So please pass the word around, thanks.”
“What will they demand of me next: blood samples or a vaxx passport?” – Bill Muehlenberg
“As to the message I got, it said this: ‘You can’t go live or advertise for 90 days. This is because you previously posted something that didn’t follow our Community Standards. This comment goes against our standards on dangerous individuals and organizations, so no one else can see it.’
“To continue, they asked for my phone number. I reluctantly gave them that, but then they demanded photo ID: ‘Upload Your ID. To help us check that this account belongs to you, we need a photo of your official ID. This could be a driving licence, passport or other type of official identification. If there are any issues, we’ll send you an email.’
“No way José! What will they demand of me next: blood samples or a vaxx passport? Is that even legal? Who the heck do these guys think they are? Perhaps someone with some legal knowledge can help answer that question for me. Has anyone else had that happen to them? If so, how did you get around it?
“And many folks on FB have no actual photo of themselves to begin with. So how would they know who is who anyway? And surely they cannot demand your personal details like that, can they? If you have any advice, please share it with me, thanks. Maybe there might be some way to proceed here.
“But in the meantime, it was nice being your friend there. I will miss you all. It is a pity things have gotten so horrifically bad so very quickly. As the saying goes, when Orwell penned 1984, it was meant to be a work of fiction, not an instruction manual.”
In related news, the Australian Christian lobby has announced an appeal to “cancel proof” their online presence. “Cancel culture is a very real threat to Christians like you, and to the ACL,” Managing Director Martyn Iles writes to ACL suppoters.
“It’s happening more and more frequently. We can’t pretend we won’t be affected.
“That’s why I’m asking for your help to meet a $1 million goal to cancel proof the ACL – by creating our very own digital platform and campaigning tools.”