YouTube Deletes Preaching by Reverend Billy Talen
The longtime New York-based activist Reverend Billy Talen noticed the deletion of two of his "Freak Storm" video sermons from the popular Web site Youtube in mid-February. Talen is a leader, with partner Savitri D, of "the Church of Stop Shopping," a international group of over one hundred activists, many of them singers and musicians in the church's Stop Shopping Chior.
The two sermons were taped and directed by Laura Newman, lead singer in the choir, shortly after Hurricane Sandy's landfall in New York on October 29th. The sermons reflect Talen's opinion that Climate Change is directly linked to investments by big banks such as JP Morgan Chase. (A recent study calls Chase Bank the "top climate-killer" for its investments in coal-fired power plants, which produce more CO2 emissions than any other source.)
The Church of Stop Shopping has tapes with as many as 250,000 views on YouTube. The average views of "Reverend Billy's Freak Storm" is over 10,000. The organization is asking its Facebook and YouTube "Friends" to contact the church directly in an effort to bypass the corporate social forums. So far, over 500 people and organizations have entered into a "direct relationship" with the activist group in the two weeks since the deletions were first noticed.