First, Amazon removed books by psychologist Joseph Nicolosi, a noted advocate for reparative therapy for homosexuals. Now, Amazon has additionally removed the works of former LGBTQ authors who have turned away from the gay lifestyle.
Nicolosi, who died in 2017, authored several books on homosexuality in men and therapeutic approaches for people with same-sex attraction.
“The books Amazon banned are an important part of my father’s legacy,” said Joseph Nicolosi Jr. in a statement. “Amazon’s book ban puts radical LGBT ideology ahead of established science about how people leave homosexuality. It is anti-choice, anti-science and anti-American.”
The works of Anne Paulk of the Restored Hope Network and pastoral counselor and author Joe Dallas are the latest to be slashed from the retail giant’s site.
Paulk’s book, “Restoring Sexual Identity: Hope for Women Who Struggle with Same-Sex Attraction,” and Dallas’ book, “Desires in Conflict: Hope for Men Who Struggle with Sexual Identity,” had been for sale on the platform until a few days ago. They are now no longer available for purchase.
“Amazon’s decision is no surprise since today’s culture is caving to the goals of the LGBTQ political movement, which have always included the silencing of any disapproval of homosexuality,” Dallas wrote in an email to The Christian Post.
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, called out Amazon in his Washington Update blog: “The company, which doesn’t mind profiting from pornography, apparently does mind offering help for sexual confusion.”
Amazon’s censorship spree reportedly began after U.K. citizen Rojo Alan sent repeated complaints to the company. Alan wrote Amazon several times asking it to remove Nicolosi’s books. When he didn’t receive a response, he took to Facebook to call for the removal of the books. Alan persisted and began encouraging people on social media to barrage the books with bad reviews. As of July 2, all of Nicolsi’s books on Amazon were banned.
In response, Voice of the Voiceless, a group of former LGBT individuals, created a petition on Change.org, demanding the books be re-listed on Amazon’s website.
“We are outraged that a smear campaign by one individual (who stated that he never read these books) could convince Amazon to censor all books, audiobooks and Kindle material related to our experiences and viewpoints,” the petition reads.
“For every major issue there are two sides to each story. For one side to be bullied and censored on every platform is counter to the values we have long held in common with Amazon.”
Dallas says that he and the other authors effected by the ban are currently considering the best way to respond to Amazon, but vow that their mission will remain the same: “None of us will stop communicating the grace of God evidenced in our lives, and in the lives of those we serve.”