Amazon’s banning books!

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Now back to the ban.

If you’re wanting to shake a pesky same-sex attraction, don’t look to Amazon: They’ve decided they’re smarter than you and’ll have to look out for your best interests. Subsequently, they’ve banned several books on conversion therapy.

Why are we reverting to things we were supposed to have long learned better than? It’s also happening with race — just see here.

LifeSite News rings the bell on Amazon’s new move:

Amazon has removed the books of Dr. Joseph Nicolosi, the psychologist whom critics have dubbed ‘the father of conversion therapy. In other words, for claiming that change is possible for those who experience unwanted same-sex attraction, Dr. Nicolosi’s books must be banned.

Joseph — who passed away in 2017 — co-founded the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality.

Reportedly, the books were banned due to the complaints of one man, Rojo Alan.

As relayed by Pink News:

Rojo Alan wrote to Amazon several times asking it to remove Nicolosi’s books. After receiving no response, Alan made a Facebook post on May 31 calling for Amazon and Wordery to take down “a number of homophobic books.” Wordery, according to Alan, responded within 24 hours and removed the books from its listings.

I miss the days when, seemingly, people were allowed to think whatever they wanted. And say whatever they thought — those times gone by when the First Amendment was looked upon with reverence and America was much more of an open forum — that was nice.

Rojo told PN:

“I contacted Amazon regularly to speak to them about the books, about how unethical they are. … Once I gathered everything, I went back to Amazon and I threw all the information I had at them in several conversations. Yet I was given the same ‘we will refer this to the relevant team.'”

As of July 2nd, Rojo’s dream had been realized:

“I’m currently in Starbucks, I’m so close to crying that all my efforts seem to have paid off.”

Why would he be elated that free expression was squashed?

It wasn’t Amazon’s first time to take a position and eradicate opposed ideas. The ubiquitous retailer recently 86’d several anti-vaccine documentaries.

That particular revamp came after Rep. Adam Schiff reached out to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

His message in an open letter:

“As the largest online marketplace in the world, Amazon is in a unique position to shape consumption,” Schiff wrote in the letter to Amazon. “The algorithms which power social media platforms and Amazon’s recommendations are not designed to distinguish quality information from misinformation or misleading information and, as a result, harmful anti-vaccine messages have been able to thrive and spread. The consequences are particularly troubling for public health issues.

“I am concerned by the report that Amazon accepts paid advertising that contains deliberate misinformation about vaccines; promoting these advertisements as suggested content ahead of intended search results. Every online platform, including Amazon, must act responsibly and ensure that they do not contribute to this growing public health catastrophe.”

Of course, Amazon is a private company and — just like Christian bakers — can run its business as it sees fit. The web giant has no obligation to carry any particular products.

Still, as the world becomes more dependent upon the erstwhile internet bookseller and the social media platforms’ provision of a planetary community, those decisions which narrow the universe are, in my view, a great way to make things less interesting. And a slippery slope toward more — and worse — of the same.

As LifeSite pointed out, the Bible speaks against homosexuality; is it next?

-ALEX

 

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