17 Years of my radio program have been smooth sailing for the most part. The past year and a half however a switch has been pulled. I was initially pulled from 3 radio affiliates a year and a half ago for pulling back the curtain on the prosperity gospel and making the statement "some of the hosts on these various stations, I am sure you can see are doing the very things I am, warning about". This got me taken off of 3 radio affiliates unless I retracted that statement. I said "I cannot and will not do that." In turn 4 other stations immediately snatched me up on their Christian FM radio affiliates.
Skip forward to yesterday. Upon seeing some Messianic congregations selling rainbow color tzitziot for "Pride Month" and marketing this male garment to women. And then after a long time friend called me out for not being LGBTQ friendly and not changing with the times I did my radio show this week on the "woke congregation". Again explaining why these congregations are going this route, and pulling back the curtain on their train of thought.
Well, today I get a notice from YouTube telling me I got a strike. No surprise there. The video was taken down. Facebook also decided to not allow me to stream live for 7 days as well. Then I get emails from 4 of the 7 Christian radio affiliates letting me know, I am "under review" and that this episode will not air on their radio affiliates. Funny thing about this, is I gave a warning on my radio show that you will know where these stations stand based upon who will air it and who won't. With 160,000 podcast subscribers on Apple iTunes, Spotify and TuneIn Radio collectively, many of those who listen on their local radio affiliate are podcast subscribers. They will know where their local radio station stands and this stations will bring the backlash upon themselves not from me but from their listeners.
I do however want to give a hat tip to Vimeo and our podcast platforms who have never taken down any of our videos or audio. You can get the video below:
Theological Insights from Rabbi Eved Banah the North American Rebbe of Ani Judaism