Michael Brown on Amazon Engages in ‘Digital Book Burning’


On July 5, 2019, I posted an article titled, “Will Amazon Ban the Bible Next?” That’s because Amazon had removed the books of Dr. Joseph Nicolosi, the psychologist whom critics have dubbed “the father of conversion therapy.” In other words, for claiming that sexual orientation is not innate and immutable and for claiming that change is possible, Dr. Nicolosi’s books must be banned.

This led to a logical question: Will Amazon ban the Bible next?

As I wrote, “After all, it is the Bible that condemns same-sex relationships and the Bible that speaks of those who once practiced homosexuality but do so no more (see 1 Corinthians 6:9-11). These people today would be known as ‘ex-gays.’ And it was Dr. Nicolosi’s life work to help people with unwanted same-sex attractions.”

“Why, then,” I asked, “should Amazon ban his books but continue to sell the Bible, which provides the theological underpinnings for Dr. Nicolosi’s scientific work?”

Amazon Silences the Voices of People Whose Lives Have Changed

Since then, Amazon has removed books by other ex-gay authors, meaning that, if you used to be same-sex attracted and no longer are, Amazon will not let you tell your story. You are banned. Banished. Purged. Cancelled.

It doesn’t matter if Jesus changed your life. It doesn’t matter if you received help through professional counseling. You must be silenced. (For the question of why ex-gays — and ex-trans individuals — are considered such a threat, see here. For a powerful, edifying, documentary, see here.)

Now, Amazon has gone one step further in removing the important book by Ryan Anderson, When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment. (No sooner did I write this than Apple joined in the ban.)

This is nothing less than a war on free speech, a war on science-based, differing viewpoints, a war on truth. As Mollie Hemmingway commented, “Our tech overlords are engaged in a type of digital book burning for thoughtful and important works produced by their most effective political opponents … it’s horrible for it to happen anywhere, but appalling that this is happening in this country.”

Who is Ryan Anderson?

For those who are unfamiliar with Anderson’s credentials, here’s a tiny sampling from his Amazon author page:

He is the President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and the Founding Editor of Public Discourse, which is the online journal of the Witherspoon Institute of Princeton, New Jersey.

He earned his Ph.D. in political philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, and his research has been cited by two U.S. Supreme Court justices in two Supreme Court cases.

His work has been published by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street JournalOxford University PressCambridge University Press, the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, the Harvard Health Policy Review, the Georgetown Journal of Law and Public PolicyFirst Things, the Claremont Review of Books and National Review.

And that’s just the start. His credentials are impeccable, and his book is well-researched, fair and Christian based. In other words, it is not a hate-filled screed, nor an arrogant, bashing book, nor a litany of unsupported lies.

Click here to read more.

SOURCE: Stream.org, Michael Brown

Dr. Michael Brown (www.askdrbrown.org) is the host of the nationally syndicated Line of Fire radio program.  He holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University and has served as a professor at a number of seminaries. He is the author of 40 books.  Connect with him on FacebookTwitter, or YouTube.

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