Amazon has removed yet another conservative author’s book in what seems to be a pattern of “canceling” anyone and any content that contradicts pro-LGBTQ ideology.
Ryan T. Anderson, president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center and a former senior research fellow at The Heritage Foundation, said that he found out his 2018 book, “When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Movement,” was pulled from the online retail giant’s site after potential customers reported they were unable to find the book on the web store.
“I hope you’ve already bought your copy,” he said. “… Given the aggressive push on trans policies coming from the Biden administration, now is a great time to read it … before you no longer can.”
The book addresses the topics of gender dysphoria, sex reassignment surgeries and anti-discrimination law while considering the scientific, medical, philosophical and legal debates surrounding the trans phenomenon.
“Yes, it advances an argument against transgender ideology from a viewpoint,” Anderson says. “But it doesn’t get any facts wrong, and it doesn’t engage in heated rhetoric.”
Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council, argued that, despite Anderson’s book being an Amazon and Washington Post bestseller, “the corporate mob has never been motivated by money.”
“They’re driven by one thing and one thing only—fear,” he said. “Radicals … are terrified that people might be persuaded to think differently than them. So instead of exposing the world to other ideas, they try to make them inaccessible. They’ll say they’re trying to end hate or prejudice. But at the end of the day, it’s intellectual cowardice. The left can’t win the debate, so they shut down the people with the science and moral truth that can.”
Amazon has yet to formally inform Anderson or his publisher of the removal of his book and has not responded to any inquiries about it, Anderson says.
But Amazon’s actions suggest its loyalty lies with those frantically pushing an LGBTQ agenda intolerant of other viewpoints. In fact, if you type the title of Anderson’s book into Amazon’s search bar, another book titled “Let Harry Become Sally: Responding to the Anti-Transgender Moment” comes up. Kelly R. Novak, the book’s author, says her book is “a direct and to-the-point rebuttal to [Anderson’s] anti-trans book.”
Ironically enough, on Monday, Anderson revealed that his book had sold out through another major retailer.
“It’s true, Amazon really can sell a lot of books!” he tweeted. “Thanks to their canceling, the hardcover and paperback editions of my book are now sold out at Barnes and Noble!”
Above: Amazon employees and representatives take part in the 2019 SF Pride Parade in downtown San Francisco, California.
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