Thomas Gallatin / April 29, 2022

Amazon’s Leftists Can’t Stomach Gender Dissent

Modern leftists do not believe in free speech, and their immediate response to disagreement is to call for censorship.

No matter how loudly leftists insist, a majority of Americans still reject the radical gender ideology the woke Left has been force-feeding the public. Furthermore, when conservatives challenge the illogical “transgender” ideology — or “worse,” write and sell a children’s book exposing the false narrative underpinning the radical claims, as political pundit Matt Walsh did — the primary response from leftists is a call for censorship.

A recently leaked Zoom call between Amazon employees served to perfectly encapsulate this anti-free speech mentality that currently thrives on the Left. In the conversation, employees seek a way to deal with the “trauma” of Walsh’s Johnny the Walrus having become a bestseller on the site. The employees mischaracterize the book and claim that it would lead to people killing themselves. Using this false premise, the employees strategize ways in which they can demote the book.

Thus far, Walsh’s book has not been removed from the platform. The same cannot be said for Ryan T. Anderson’s When Harry Became Sally, which was one of the bestselling books on gender dysphoria because it challenged the Left’s gender-bending ideology that promotes the unquestioned “transitioning” of children. The Amazon censors reacted by banning Anderson’s book, though they took well-deserved flack for it.

Meanwhile, when it comes to conservatives hoping to prevent their children from being indoctrinated in schools with this radical gender-bending ideology, the Left cries foul.

In a move obviously targeted at Florida and the state’s recent passage of the Parental Rights in Education bill, which the Leftmedia falsely smeared as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, Joe Biden presented a Teacher of the Year award to an Oberlin High School teacher named Kurt Russell who specializes in teaching on race, gender, and oppression.

During the award ceremony at the White House, Biden said what conservatives have long warned about when it comes to public schooling. “They’re all our children,” he declared. “And the reason you’re the teachers of the year is because you recognize that. They’re not somebody else’s children. They’re like yours when they’re in the classroom.”

Biden then falsely smeared concerned parents and states that have recently passed laws to prevent the indoctrination of children into radical ideologies like critical race theory. “Teaching is one of the hardest jobs in this country,” he asserted. “Today, there are too many politicians trying to score political points trying to ban books — even math books. I mean, did you ever think … that when you’d be teaching you’d be worrying about book burnings and banning books? All because it doesn’t fit somebody’s political agenda. American teachers have dedicated their lives to teaching our children and lifting them up. We ought to stop making them a target of the culture wars. That’s where this is going.”

So, while the radical Left is actively censoring thoughts and banning books, all to prevent individuals from being able to speak or buy and sell books freely, the Left has either denied this is happening or excused it as necessary to prevent the spread of “misinformation.” And then when parents act to protect their children, and want to decide what’s best for their education, the Left responds with disingenuous hyperbole about “book burnings.”

The good news is that leftists are losing the argument against free speech. The bad news is that their tactics have degenerated into the peddling of blatant lies and fearmongering in the desperate attempt to get the other side silenced/canceled via censorship. They hope doing so will fool people. It’s not working.

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