Far Right Wing House Republicans Pressuring Amazon to End Recent Ban on Conversion Therapy Books

by | Jul 22, 2019 | GayRVA

Calling the decision “censorship,” the Republican Study Committee is pressuring Amazon to end its ban of conversion therapy books by anti-gay pyschotherapist Joseph Nicolosi.

In an astonishing act of federal government overreach into the private sector, a far-right group of House Republicans are working to force Amazon to end its recent ban on ex-gay torture books. Amazon earlier this month stopped selling the books, primarily authored by quack psychotherapist Joseph Nicolosi, which focus on so-called reparative therapy, the practice of which is illegal in a growing number of states.

VICE News reports the Republican Study Committee, a socially conservative caucus made up of Republican Congressional representatives, “issued a handout during a private meeting in the Capitol Wednesday asking members to ‘contact Amazon with concerns’ about what they referred to as ‘Amazon censorship.'”

It is not censorship for a company to determine what products it wants to sell – or not sell.

“In recent days, Amazon has banned the sale of several books addressing unwanted same-sex attraction,” the handout reads. “Catholic psychologist, author and therapist Dr. Joseph Nicolosi (deceased) penned multiple books to assist men struggling with unwanted homosexual attractions, feelings and lifestyles.”

“Unwanted homosexual attraction” and “lifestyles” are typical homophobic terms used by the far right and religious right when referring to gay people.

“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,” the handout continues. ‘How long until the most widely read book in the world is banned because it takes a dim view of homosexuality?’ the author asks, referencing the Bible.”

At the head of the campaign to pressure the multi-billion dollar multi-national technology company is Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), who for decades has devoted herself to anti-LGBTQ hate. In 2017 she tried to pass a bill to ban transgender service members in the U.S. Military, whom she called a “domestic threat” and compared to ISIS.

Her false claims relied on lies and exponentially distorted projections of costs. When the bill failed to pass, Hartzler was able to get her wish by working with President Trump, who enacted the ban via his authority as Commander-in-Chief.

Written by David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement. Image by Gage Skidmore via Flickr and a CC license

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