Photo Credit: Pastor Greg Locke / Facebook
The Tennessee Conservative [By Jason Vaughn] –
Tennessee pastor Greg Locke, known for his controversial stance on politics and COVID-19 has been permanently banned on Twitter.
Locke posted about the ban on Facebook on Tuesday afternoon saying, “Twitter just permanently suspended my account. Welcome to America.”
In a Facebook live video, he claimed to be the first pastor ever banned by Twitter and said that he believes his banning is an attack on Christians.
“If you don’t think persecution is here, you are not paying attention,” he said in the video.
According to Twitter, Locke was banned for “repeated violations of our COVID-19 misleading information policy.”
Locke later brushed off the banning on Wednesday, referring to his Twitter following of 114,000 people “small potatoes” when compared to his 2.2 million Facebook fans, almost 600,000 TikTok followers, and more than 200,000 Instagram followers.
“We’re not cancelled,” Locke said. “There are thousands of people that have bailed on Twitter because of it. In the long run, it’ll hurt them monetarily more than it’ll hurt us.”
Locke is the pastor of Global Vision Bible Church in Mount Juliet, Tennessee. He gained notoriety after his abundant use of social media just after the Supreme Court’s 2015 decision to legalize same sex marriage.
In the wake of that decision, Locke made a number of Facebook videos criticizing the courts and Target for allowing transgender people to choose the bathroom they wanted to use. Those videos launched him into conservative fame.
At the time, Locke is quoted as saying, “It’s been a whirlwind. I’ve just been hanging on for the ride.”
Locke has been vocal in his criticism of individuals who wear masks and told churchgoers that anyone who tries to wear one at his church will be made to leave. He also placed a sign that reads, “We celebrate FAITH over FEAR” outside of the tent where his church holds services.
He told church members, “I am not playing these Democrat games up in this church. If you want to social distance, go to First Baptist Church, but don’t come to this one.”
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Locke actually says he feels a bit of relief from his permanent Twitter ban.
“I had the most hate and the most trolls and the most vitriol from Twitter,” he said. “It’ll probably help me sleep a bit better at night.”
Locke says he has already contacted an attorney regarding a class-action lawsuit against Twitter, referring to them as “censorship Nazis.” He also calls upon fellow Christians to fight the liberal forces that are attacking the nation.
About the Author: Jason Vaughn, Media Coordinator for The Tennessee Conservative ~ Jason previously worked for a legacy publishing company based in Crossville, TN in a variety of roles through his career. Most recently, he served as Deputy Directory for their flagship publication. Prior, he was a freelance journalist writing articles that appeared in the Herald Citizen, the Crossville Chronicle and The Oracle among others. He graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor’s in English-Journalism, with minors in Broadcast Journalism and History. Contact Jason at news@TennesseeConservativeNews.com