Samuel Case, FISM News
Christian satire site The Babylon Bee has been suspended from Twitter over a tweet calling the transgender U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health, Rachel Levine, the site’s “first annual Man of the Year.” Twitter said the post violated its policy against “hateful conduct.”
The article was written as a satire of USA TODAY naming Levine one of its “Women of the Year.”
“The Babylon Bee has selected Rachel Levine as its first annual Man of the Year,” the Bee wrote in an article published on March 15. “Levine is the U.S. assistant secretary for health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he serves proudly as the first man in that position to dress like a western cultural stereotype of a woman. He is also an admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. What a boss! “
Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillon shared the suspension on his personal Twitter page:
I just received this notice that we’ve been locked out of our account for “hateful conduct.” pic.twitter.com/udMriKcDr6
— Seth Dillon (@SethDillon) March 20, 2022
Twitter said the account will be restored 12 hours after the tweet is deleted.
However, Dillon said the Babylon Bee would rather lose its Twitter account than stop telling the truth. “We’re not deleting anything,” Dillon said. “Truth is not hate speech. If the cost of telling the truth is the loss of our Twitter account, then so be it.”
“They could, of course, delete the tweet themselves. But they won’t. It’s not enough for them to just wipe it out. They want us to bend the knee and admit that we engaged in hateful conduct,” Dillon said in a later tweet.