ICC Note: In what appears to be becoming a pattern for major social media sites, Twitter has blocked a campaign by the group Faith Driven Consumer to speak out on behalf of Houston, Texas pastors issued subpoena’s this week demanding they turn over sermons with any content on homosexuality. The block began just minutes after the faith-based group attempted to launch the campaign. The group called for Twitter to immediately drop the block preventing the link to their petition from being tweeted. At time of posting, Twitter appears to have reversed the block on the campaign.
10/16/2014 United States (Charisma) – Faith Driven Consumer™, the group that emerged on the national stage last year with its #IStandWithPhil campaign that played a leading role in Phil Robertson’s return to television’s Duck Dynasty, continues to serve as an advocate for more than 41 million consumers who spend $2 trillion annually.
Today, the group launched a major petition campaign,#HoustonWeHaveAProblem, using the website HoustonProblem.com—demanding that the city of Houston immediately “cease and desist all bullying and other offensive actions” against a group of pastors who are victims of an aggressive harassment effort at the hands of the city government. The city is demanding that a group of pastors turn over any sermons—including personal correspondence such as emails—”dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor” as reported by Fox News.
Minutes after its launch, Twitter blocked the campaign—meaning that supporters cannot tweet the petition.
“There is a deeply troubling pattern of censorship with social-media companies when people of faith speak out. From Kirk Cameron, to Mike Huckabee, to our own #iStandWithPhil campaign earlier this year, faith voices have curiously been blocked during critical times as they seek to be heard. We are asking Twitter to immediately unblock thousands of people who have already flocked to our petition and want to spread the word from coast to coast,” said Chris Stone, founder of Faith Driven Consumer.