• You Can Now Add Amazon to Those Participating in ‘Cancel Culture’

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    Surge Summary: Amazon continues to move toward the direction of “cancel culture” – most recent removing from their site a popular book challenging the received wisdom about transgenderism. This is not the corporation’s first move in that direction. Apparently, Amazon isn’t as committed to “the Science” as it might claim.

    Amazon’s latest ban is When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment by Ryan T. Anderson. “Amazon is becoming ‘Cancel Culture Central,’” said Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., President of the Ruth Institute. “They’re rapidly moving from selling books to the high-tech equivalent of burning books.”

    A group of senators wrote to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos asking for an explanation, since Amazon still carries a number of Anderson’s books and sold When Harry Became Sally from its publication in 2018 until just a few weeks ago.

    When questioned, Amazon refers to its ill-defined standards, including a refusal to sell books considered “hateful.” Morse wondered, “Why weren’t these titles ‘hateful’ for the years Amazon offered them, but suddenly are now?

    “How does a scientific debate violate Amazon’s sacred standards,” Morse asked. “The arguments in all of these books are presented dispassionately and backed by scientific data and expert opinion.”

    Morse notes that the timing is suspicious. “Amazon dropped Anderson’s book on transgenderism the same week that Congress took up the so-called Equality Act, adding ‘transgenders’ to groups protected by civil rights law.

    “This is not Amazon’s first episode of censorship,” Morse observed. “In 2019, they banned all books by the late Dr. Joseph Nicolosi, Sr., M.D., the father of reparative therapy. More recently, Amazon abruptly canceled the MassResistance bookThe Health Hazards of Homosexuality, a book it helped to publish.”

    Amazon is just the tip of the iceberg. In February, Twitter cancelled the account of Focus on the Family’s Daily Citizen for describing Biden’s nominee for Assistant Secretary for Health at the Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Rachel Levine, as “a transgender woman, that is, a man who believes he is a woman.”

    Morse said: “That description is fully in accord with biology. Amazon and the rest of the high-tech establishment want to pretend that the debate on transgenderism is closed. In fact, they’re terrified of a discussion because they know full well that there’s nothing scientific about a man ‘identifying’ as a woman. Did he somehow change his DNA?”

    Morse noted that Amazon’s standards allow it to continue selling Hitler’s Mein Kampf. Morse explained: “Other than a few neo-Nazi crackpots, no one is influenced by Mein Kampf. A reasonable person reading scientific arguments against transgenderism just might be persuaded. The High-Tech Establishment is so committed to the transgender ideology, they won’t take that risk.”

    Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse is the author of The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives.

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