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Tony Perkins: If Tech Giants Are Offended by Abortion, They’re Angry at the Wrong People

Tony Perkins
By Tony Perkins | July 19, 2018 | 3:29 PM EDT

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House conservatives took some social media companies to task for political bias earlier on Tuesday -- and not a moment too soon, based on what's happening to people like Ryan Bomberger. The head of the Radiance Foundation is just the latest victim of the censorship taking place on platforms like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. If these tech giants are offended by the truth of abortion, then they're taking their anger out on the wrong people.

If you know Ryan or you've heard him speak, then you understand that he has very creative ways of getting his message out. Through thought-provoking pictures, posts, or videos, he has his own unique way of summing up the injustice of an issue like abortion. Ryan tried to do that last week with an Instagram meme on #WorldPopulationDay -- but, in the process, managed to trip the wires of the company's good behavior guidelines. How? By daring to say that "abortion kills more black lives in two weeks than the KKK lynched in a century." The image of a noose hung above the words and ended with the line, "Planned Parenthood: Eugenics. No Matter What."

Before the meme could go viral, he got a message from the flaggers at Instagram, informing him that they removed the post "because it doesn't follow our Community Guidelines on violence or threat of violence. If you violate our guidelines again, your account may be restricted or disabled." Guess what, Ryan fired back in a column on the debacle? It's the truth!

“‘[T]he meme wasn't threatening violence,’ he argued on a response at LifeNews. ‘It denounced racial violence, no matter the era. But Titans of Tolerance have no interest in the truth. They can delete our posts, and even our account, but they can't delete the truth. And of course, there was no due process, no appeal process, no one to reach to correct this injustice. There was no option other than to click OK and the purge was complete.’ Racial violence, he wanted to point out, killed an estimated 3,446 African-Americans. But 247 black babies are killed every day by Planned Parenthood. So how is it, he wanted to know, that the "meme is the problem, not the genocide?" "And yes, I used the word genocide," he went on. What do you call it when more black babies are killed by abortion than are born alive? This is the grim reality in NYC where Planned Parenthood was spawned."

For Bomberger and conservatives like him, it's incredible hypocrisy to hear extremists call for the death of Trump and then turn around and complain when someone exposes real violence. At this point, the other side is so sensitive that Americans can't even have an honest discussion about abortion -- or any number of issues that deserve a national dialogue. If you want to be offended, Ryan writes:

“[B]e offended by a worldview that denies that we're all created equal and justifies the slaughter of the weakest among us. …

“Be offended that religious leaders (here, here and here) are blessing abortion mills as ‘holy ground’ and ‘sacred work’.[sic]

“Be offended that the NAACP, begun to stop racial violence, staunchly supports the violence of abortion (and even sued us for calling them out).

“Be offended that men can do nothing to stop their unborn child from being killed.

“Be offended that half a billion of our tax-dollars annually support Planned Parenthood and its promotion of reckless sexual behavior (e.g., their vile new ‘Freedom to F**k’ campaign). ...

“But don't be offended because you simply don't know what you don't know.”

Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.

Editor's Note: This piece was originally published by the Family Research Council.

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