Facebook recently banned an advertisement for an upcoming Christian movie featuring “God’s Not Dead” star Kevin Sorbo and “Clueless” actress Stacey Dash.
The movie is titled “I Am A Christian” and tells the story of the persecution of a Muslim convert to Christianity.
Here’s the text that the ad contained:
Are you a Christian? We challenge you to change your profile picture to this ‘I Am A Christian’ photo for one week! Change your picture now, and challenge your friends too (sic) do the same. Stand up and declare, Yes, I Am A Christian!!!’
Facebook officials say the ad was rejected because “It doesn’t follow Facebook’s Advertising Guidelines for language that is profane, vulgar, threatening or generates high negative feedback. Ads can’t use language that insults, harasses or demeans people, or addresses their age, gender, name, race, physical condition or sexual preference.”
This is not the first time that Facebook has tried to stop advertisements on its site for Christian movies. Facebook blocked the trailer for Kirk Cameron’s movie “Unstoppable”.
In a similar incident the popular “crowd-funding” site Kickstarter.com banned a pro-life movie from raising money on its site.
Update: Facebook has more guidelines about religious advertisements on what is acceptable or not. It looks like the fact that the campaign asked “Are You A Christian?” was not allowed, but if they would have done the below it would have been OK. Arbitrary as it might be the guidelines are up on their site publicly.
Religion or philosophical belief
Acceptable: “Date Christian Singles” “Plenty of Christians” “Want to date a Christian?” (These describe the service, not the person)
Unacceptable: “Are you Christian?” “Meet other Christians” (These assert or imply that the person is Christian)
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