Catholic speaker, author and anti-porn activist Matt Fradd said Google banned him from speaking on their campus.
In the video below, Fradd explains that a group at Google invited him to speak on their campus (not Google, Inc.).
He said the group received permission and raised money to fly him from Atlanta to San Francisco for a talk about the non-religious effects of pornography.
However, after arriving, Fradd received a call saying “things are escalating pretty quickly” and “people saw some of the things he apparently said and they were pretty upset about it.”
He said they told him “not to address the transgender or same-sex attraction questions” and “if they were to come up in the Q&A, I was to politely decline.”
Finally, when he arrived at his hotel, he received a phone call from Google saying they cancelled the talk.
However, Fradd says they banned his talk, rather than cancelled it.
Listen to the reasoning below:
Fradd explained that two days after his talk, Google said they prohibited him from speaking because of a 2018 Twitter thread.
“I don’t think someone sat there and started scrolling for a year to find something offensive. I think they searched “Matt Fradd,’ and ‘transgenderism,’ ‘homosexuality,’ or anything they could find on me to have an excuse to ban me,” Fradd continues.
The Twitter thread merely defended his and the Catholic Church’s position that homosexual acts are disordered, and and a life without pornography is better.
Here’s the thread below:
He said the Twitter thread “was clearly the thing that offended people and led them to feel unsafe. But I’m not sure why it had to do that,” he said.
“This is clearly the worst thing they found that I said. If they had found something worse, they probably would have posted it.
“I wasn’t attacking anybody, I wasn’t using inflammatory language, I wasn’t putting anyone down. I was simply sharing my opinion and the opinion of many people who live in the United States of America.”
Fradd went on to explain that the Catholic Church and many others agree that many actions are considered disordered.
“You can disagree with the premises if you want, but to say that I disagree with homosexual acts and think them disordered, I therefore hate homosexuals, you would have to therefore say that because you disagree with contraception you hate people who contracept, or because you disagree with masturbation, you hate people who masturbate.
“None of this is true AT ALL.”
Fradd then says, “I’m not sure why you must have me agree with you. Why can’t I think that homosexual acts are disordered and you do what you want? It’s not like I’m forcing you. I’m not knocking on your door checking if you’re engaging in homosexual acts or using contraception.
“You can clearly do what you want and I can still hold a particular point of view. Why is this so threatening to you? Tolerance implies disagreement. It doesn’t imply agreement.
“If you tolerate the things you agree with, this isn’t tolerance, this is agreement. I tolerate your position. Why can’t you tolerate mine?”
“Does anyone think Tim W would be banned at Google because he called Catholics ‘poison’? That he called me despicable?”
“I would have thought that a company as big, awesome and cool as Google wouldn’t be concerned with criticism or backlash they might get from people who follow little ole Matt Fradd,” he said. ” But I think they are. I think there is a lot of pressure on Google right now.”
“A lot of people are looking at them and saying, ‘Are you trying to silence religious and/or conservative voices? Because it seems like you are.”
Fradd eventually presented his talk away from the Google campus.
The person hosting the event told him the talk was “terrific” and asked the audience if they experienced hate or bigotry from the talk. No one raised their hand.
Fradd responded to Google regarding their reasoning for banning his talk, to which he did not receive a response.
Here’s how Fradd responded:
At the end of his explanation, he said he isn’t angry about this situation, and is sure there are very good people at Google. He also said “they are doing great work.”
“They are excited to make the world a better place,” Fradd said.
However, he added that “It is interesting that conservative voices–voices which disagree with secular dogma, are silenced, while none other are.”
Finally, he asked viewers to subscribe to his videos and “click the bell notification because apparently voices like mine will not be heard on Google’s platform.”