The Warriors for Christ Facebook page has gotten a lot of notoriety as of late, and it’s because of their controversial decision to ban anyone who reacts to a post with a rainbow pride emoji. But the page’s administrators have also claimed to have received hateful comments and messages, including some that supposedly tell the admins to kill themselves, and that’s led the Christian Facebook page to turn the tables on their detractors, and claim that they’re the ones being hateful and close-minded.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the Christian Facebook group Warriors for Christ reacted to the ongoing Pride Month celebrations by posting a status, warning that people who post rainbow pride emojis will get “instantly banned.” Instead of getting the message across as hoped, followers and non-followers alike reacted by posting more rainbow emojis, even going as far as to comment “challenge accepted” in an attempt to further stick it to the page’s admins.
The earlier report noted that the Warriors for Christ Facebook page’s administrators have spoken out in defense of the move, saying that they don’t mean to be hateful, but need to emphasize that sin could result in “eternal separation from God.”
As of today, the Christian Facebook page is still at it, and has, in fact, shared some photos of Facebook users’ messages wishing death upon the admins and their families. One of those posts have also called out the “real hate speech of the left,” particularly in the light of the recent shooting of Republican Congressman Steve Scalise.
— minnie (@clearlighte) June 12, 2017
“Just a wonderful example of love and tolerance. Wonder how many rainbow likes this one will get!?,” wrote Warriors for Christ, commenting on the alleged post from Facebook user Alice Sonlaw, who supposedly told the page’s admins to “go eat a gun.”
“I wonder how her employer Six flags would feel knowing one of their employees feels this way towards Christians… This is the type of comment and messages we have been getting here the past 3 days due to the rantings of some irresponsible bloggers.”
Warriors for Christ’s comment about the “real hate speech of the left,” on the other hand, referred to the remarks of Art Institute of Washington professor John Griffin, who said in May that House Republicans “should be lined up and shot” for replacing President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act with a new health bill. But as Campus Reform clarified, Griffin eventually apologized for the language he used., admitting that it was “inappropriate.”
Another recent post from Warriors for Christ cited the example of a girl who had supposedly committed suicide due to cyberbullying, which included messages from people who told her to kill herself. The Christian Facebook page’s admins added that their critics are the real bullies, and again defended their decision to ban the use of the rainbow pride emoji on their page.
“Saying we won’t participate in what the bible calls sin (on our own page btw) is not bullying. We at WFC have NEVER gone to any other page or group and made comments or sent messages of hate.
There are no hateful posts on this page other than what some folks perceive as hate because of disagreement. Disagreement is not hate.
Coming to a ministry page and telling people to die, calling people names, posting pornography, clogging up out prayer line (which people in crisis use) is hate.”
I just got banned from a Christian Facebook page for gay reacting all there posts ????
— Elliott (@Elliottjjame5) June 14, 2017
Despite their best efforts, there are still a lot of rainbow pride emojis cropping up as reactions to Warriors for Christ’s Facebook posts. But there have also been some individuals trying to offer a balanced perspective on things, such as Facebook user Matt Smith, who describes himself as a gay man and lifelong liberal. While he admitted disagreeing with a lot of the Christian Facebook page’s posts, he added that he doesn’t condone bullying, nor the alleged use of hateful, trolling language in the posts cited by WFC earlier in the week.
“Bullying in any form is wrong and I hope that the people trolling your page will have a change of hearts and find a more constructive use of their time. That being said, I also hope that you take a look at some of your posts and see if any of them could be made in a more helpful, positive way as well. We all have room to grow and become better.”
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