Understanding the Unstoppable

Last week, Kirk Cameron posted that both Facebook and YouTube had blocked links to the trailer of his upcoming new movie, "Unstoppable." Here's how he presented the problem to his fans:
Calling all friends of Faith, Family, and Freedom! Facebook has officially "blocked" me and you (and everyone else) from posting any link to my new movie...labeling the content as "abusive", "unsafe", and "spammy"!...This is my most personal film about faith, hope, and love, and about why God allows bad things to happen to good people. What is "abusive" or "unsafe" about that?!
Within a day, the block had been removed. Cameron, again, comments:
Because of your firm, loving, and clear voice, not only did Facebook welcome us back, YouTube also removed its block on our Unstoppable movie trailer...now let's make sure NOTHING stops UNSTOPPABLE from coming to a theater in your town on Sept. 24th. Buy your tickets today. If we sell out all the seats in your neighborhood theater, NOTHING can stop it from playing there.
Facebook's official statement on the matter was given by communications manager, Michael Kirkland:
From what we can tell, the address purchased for the movie was previously being used as a spam site and it hadn't been refreshed in our system yet...these systems are so effective that most people who use Facebook will never encounter spam. They're not perfect, though, and in rare instances they make mistakes.
To say that Cameron's response to the block was premature would be an understatement. And this lack of tact hurts his own message for two reasons.

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First, he made it sensational. The block was up for one day. But within hours or perhaps minutes, Cameron took his dilemma public, assumed motives for his alleged antagonists, and called his fans to ignorant fanaticism. Assigning conspiracy theories with a such a hair trigger should begin to raise questions in our minds about Cameron's own motives.

Second, his response was manipulative. Calling upon "friends of Faith, Family, and Freedom" makes a clear connection to the passerby: the trailer was blocked due to religious intolerance. And in his reaction to the block's lift, Cameron used the opportunity to make support of his film a matter of religious freedom. As Facebook affirmed, neither was the case.

The internet is fickle and prone to complications as it takes so much code to work. That's important to remember when links break and pages get blocked.

But it's also important to remember that the gospel is not dependent on the success of Kirk Cameron's film. Sometimes, we need to take a step back and disassociate American values from biblical ones and bear in mind that God will do as he pleases--regardless of how the Constitution is interpreted this year. Because it's not man's resolve that's unstoppable; it's God's word.

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