House Republicans within the Republican Study Committee are attempting to pressure Amazon into reviving the sale of a gay conversion therapy book series on its platforms.
Vice News reports that some members of the committee distributed a handout urging fellow members—about 70% of the total number of Republican representatives—to urge Amazon to offer books by Dr. Joseph Nicolosi, author of such gems as A Parent’s Guide to Preventing Homosexuality and Reparative Therapy of Male Homosexuality. The company recently banned the books from the site because it violated Amazon’s rules.
The handout states:
“The gay community, a supposedly oppressed and marginalized group, wields an extravagant amount of power today, and does so without regard for the rights of anyone who chooses to not support them. How long until the most widely read book in the world [the Bible] is banned because it takes a dim view of homosexuality?”
Forcing minors into conversion therapy is known to be harmful, and some states have even made the practice illegal.
And while the handout makes the claim that Amazon is “choosing to censor speech,” it doesn’t account for Amazon being a private entity which chooses which products go on its site. What’s more, numerous conversion therapy books are unfortunately available on Amazon, just not publications written by Nicolosi.
People aren’t here for the homophobic memo.
Conversion therapy is psychological torture of #LGBT children. It’s been thoroughly debunked as dangerous junk science. @amazon did the right thing by removing this torture guide from its site. It should stand its ground & not yield to right-wing pressure. https://t.co/7RJjqgaOnM
— Scott Wiener (@Scott_Wiener) July 19, 2019
People who bought this title, also bought…
“A Parent’s Guide to Justifying the Abuse of Children in the Name of God”
— LiberalFish (@akemor) July 19, 2019
Why do they hate the free market?
— Olog-Hai (@Moonglum) July 19, 2019
The battle for the soul of the country continues. House Republicans are actively advocating for conversion therapy books on Amazon. https://t.co/E32H8l2nIP
— Garrard Conley (@gayrodcon) July 19, 2019
As a person who happens to be gay: this is shameful, dangerous, and deeply offensive.
As a free speech lawyer: Amazon's business decision not to sell curing homosexuality books has literally nothing to do with liberty or the First Amendmenthttps://t.co/K6s9gerp2e
— Matthew Schafer (@MatthewSchafer) July 19, 2019
In fact, isn’t championing the rights of private businesses a pillar of the GOP’s platform?
Are these the same ones who say a baker should be free to refuse a wedding cake to a same-gender couple? If so, their hypocrisy is stunning, although not at all surprising.
— David Nelson (@davidnelsonORL) July 19, 2019
So are they now for bakers having to bake wedding cakes for gay couples and "coming out" cakes and everything else they argued bakers/florists/planners/venues shouldn't be forced to do as well?
— MiTcH (@MiTcH_ArTs) July 19, 2019
So, @RepHartzler : Can you explain the difference between a ruling determining a private business ( cake shop ) refusing to sell products to people that dont align to their values, and Amazon refusing to sell a product that doesnt align with their values?https://t.co/ICpmk8JYY2
— Brandon Forant (@brandonforant) July 19, 2019
Not today, Satan.
For a gripping memoir about the trauma imposed by conversion therapy, checkout Boy Erased (available on Amazon).