If Jesus has changed your life and set you free from homosexual practice, your testimony is not welcome on Vimeo – not now, not ever. And if you see homosexuality as another aspect of sexual brokenness, something for which Jesus died and from which you can be healed, your opinion is not welcome on Vimeo. Case closed, door shut, end of subject.
Pure Passion Ministries is a much respected friend of AFA and many other national ministries. Their videos have helped countless sexual abuse victims, people who have been sex trafficked, those who are addicted or in any other condition that causes them distress.
On March 24, Vimeo removed all 850 Pure Passion videos and closed its account.
Why? As Vimeo explained to Dr. David Kyle Foster, director of Pure Passion Ministries and himself a former homosexual, "To put it plainly, we don't believe that homosexuality requires a cure and we don't allow videos on our platform that espouse this point of view…We also consider this basic viewpoint to display a demeaning attitude toward a specific group, which is something that we do not allow."
Did you catch that? Vimeo is guilty of the very same intolerance they claim Pure Passion has. Read the entire exchange between Pure Life and Vimeo here.
But Foster's ministry is not the first to be unfairly censured by Vimeo. In 2015, Vimeo unpublished an announcement for an upcoming "Hope Conference." The conference was sponsored by Restored Hope Network, which is an association of ministries that help people deal with unwanted same-sex attractions. Early last year, Vimeo shut down Restored Hope's entire account. Every single video. Gone.
Vimeo also shut down the account of NARTH, the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality, which is an association of psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, and therapists who have had the temerity to stand up to the PC establishment refusing to celebrate LGBT activism.
You can see why Foster described Vimeo's move as "pure religious bigotry and censorship."
Vimeo takes a hostile view towards groups and videos that espouse the Bible when it comes to human sin and brokenness taking a callous approach towards groups and videos that preach the gospel of transformation when it comes to homosexuality.
This is an outrage, and it needs to be addressed. Here's what you can do today:
- Sign our petition to Vimeo asking them to restore immediately the account of Dr. David Kyle Foster and Pure Passion, stating politely that this is tantamount to religious censorship and bigotry.
- Share this information with family, friends and on social media.
- Pray that the message of freedom and liberty in Jesus – from ALL brokenness and sin – would be proclaimed even more loudly and powerfully in the days ahead. Pray that Vimeo's efforts to silence a powerful ministry (along with other excellent ministries and organizations) result in the amplifying of this ministry's message.