YouTube suspended Nigerian pastor T.B. Joshua‘s account, which had 1.8 million subscribers, after a complaint by a human rights authority analyzed at least seven videos of him praying to “cure” homosexuals. Information is from the BBC.
Facebook also removed an offensive post in which T.B. Joshua slapped a woman saying he was casting out a “demonic spirit”.
According to a YouTube spokesperson to openDemocracy, the channel was shut down because its policy “prohibits content that claims someone is mentally ill, sick or inferior because of their participation in a protected group, including sexual orientation.”
T.B. Joshua‘s official Facebook account said, “We have a long and fruitful relationship with YouTube and we believe this decision was taken in a rush.”
The offending video banned from Facebook takes place when Joshua says a prayer to a lesbian woman named Okoye, slapping and pushing her at least 16 times.
“There is a spirit disturbing you” – he says – “She transplanted herself to you. It is the woman’s spirit” – he continues.
The video had been seen by over 1.5 million viewers Okoye was saying a testament that her affection for women had ended and that she had grown to like men.
T.B. Joshua is the founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) in the mid-1990s. He also owns Christian TV Emmanuel TV and says it has the powers to cure all kinds of illnesses, including HIV.
Over time, SCOAN has become “the biggest tourist attraction” in the country and “the most visited destination by religious tourists in West Africa”, “with thousands of foreigners flocking to attend weekly church services.”
According to British newspaper The Guardian, the church attracts more people weekly than the total number of visitors to Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London.