A.J. Castellitto
November 5, 2015
A new age of conformity?
By A.J. Castellitto

My heart goes out to all the faithful who are silenced merely for speaking truth in hope and love. It is true that often there are many in our day who are not receptive to biblical truth. In fact, they are often downright hostile. Please pay close attention to yet another troubling example of how this reality continues to play out like never before in the history of America. These are the words of one Shawn Mathis...

For six years, I was given free reign to write from an explicitly Christian perspective on any issue at a new national news site, Examiner.com. I published irenic opinion pieces or newsy articles about current events, including gay marriage, transgenderism, and the legal harassment of Christians.

Just after the Supreme Court's Obergefell ruling, I was chosen as a reliable news source for direct publication to the Google news-search cycle. I was the fourth-most read author in the Western region and twelfth in the nation (out of over three hundred writers).

But after publishing the truth about gay marriage, I lost my side job as a news writer.

After Obergefell, I had cranked out five articles in six days. That last day I published my last article, "The increasing marginalization of Christianity and why it is a good thing." Thirty minutes later my inbox had the dreaded email: "[Your] content is not the right fit." It was so unfit that they deleted all six-years' worth of my articles.

I was not surprised. It was a fitting warning for a new age of conformity. They had the legal right to lay me off for any undisclosed reason. Other writers had their anti-Obergefell articles removed as well.

I am not a martyr. I am not complaining. But I am urging Christians to "watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.Let all that you do be done with love" (1Cor. 16:13).

* Shawn Mathis is the pastor of Providence Orthodox Presbyterian Church. http://pastormathis.com

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A.J. Castellitto

A.J. Castellitto is a freelance writer who resides in NJ with his wife and five children. He holds a B.S. in Counseling and Human Services from the University of Scranton and his writings have been published at The Center for Western Journalism, The Christian Post, Intellectual Conservative and Reformed Perspective Magazine.

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