Christians everywhere are outraged after the Disney Channel blocked the word “God” from their website.
10 year-old Lilly Anderson was surfing the Disney Channel website over the Thanksgiving Weekend when she saw a question posed by the website asking children to post what they are thankful for. Lilly tried to post that she was thankful for “God, my family, my church and my friends,” but the message wouldn’t go through.
Instead, Lilly received an message back from the website’s automated moderating system saying “Please Be Nice!” in big red letters.
After trying to post the message a few more times to no avail, Lilly called her mother Julie in to help her out. The pair then rearranged Lilly’s message a few times, trying to figure out what about the post the website was trying to block.
They finally got their answer when they removed the word “God” from the post. Only then did the website allow it to go through.
“She came and got me to let me know that something wasn’t right. We started looking at it together and kind of playing with it and changing words around to see what it was that it didn’t like,” Julie later said. “We found out that when we removed the word God from the post, the website would allow it.”
After the Andersons went public with their story, the Disney Channel released a statement explaining that their website is designed to filter out the word God to prevent use of profanity on the site.
“Because so many people attempt to abuse the system and use the word ‘God’ in conjunction with profanity, in an abundance of caution, our system is forced to catch and prevent any use of the word on our websites,” the Disney statement reads.
Despite their clarification, Julie isn’t backing down.
“I’m not at all anti-Disney, but to shame a 10-year-old, to tell her to ‘please be nice’ for thanking God and sharing her faith with others is what is upsetting me as a mother,” the mother said. “I want her to know that she doesn’t have to be silent about her faith. I want her to be strong and soldier on.”
Lilly admitted to reporters that she initially felt “bad” because she was so confused as to why the Disney Channel website wouldn’t allow her to post about what she loves the most.
“God is the reason that we have all this stuff that we have,” the perplexed child told reporters.
Julie expressed that she was saddened that her daughter had to experience the persecution Christians face in the modern world at such a young age.
“We’ve always told her that inevitably there would come day when she would be discriminated against for her faith, but we never thought Disney would be the source.”
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H/T: Christian Post