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When I was growing up, there was one thing sure to stoke the ire of any good liberal: a good old-fashioned book banning. The left considered banning even the most unsavory books as the well-greased slippery slope toward total thought control.
As if it were from Holy Scripture itself, the faithful liberal would declare, misattributing it to Voltaire, “I wholly disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it.” This is a mark of classical liberalism, but liberalism will have nothing of it today. They will happily keep you from reading certain books they deem unsafe and enthusiastically congratulate themselves for doing so.
Fundamentalism - Tables
It’s the new fundamentalism. How the tables have turned!
This is precisely what happened recently when Amazon—a progressive company that should be fundamentally dedicated to the value of the free trade of ideas—succumbed to a silly, poorly argued, emotion-laden Change.org petition by someone going by the name of Sky Gray. Gray was super upset that Amazon, the largest bookseller in the universe and beyond, was doing what it does: selling a vast array of books to anyone who wants them.
Books - Man - Dr - Joseph - Nicolosi
Specifically, it was selling the books of one man, Dr. Joseph Nicolosi. What makes his books so abominable? Well, they help people who have unwanted same-sex sexual attractions deal with those feelings. It would seem a basic issue of personal autonomy, people desiring to become what they want to be without suffering interference from others, another classically liberal ideal. And yes, some people don’t want to be driven by their same-sex attractions.
But the real “sin” of those who offer such help—a number of other such authors have since had their books banned by Amazon as well—is that they don’t encourage the clients to get all happy about being gay. As anyone knows today, not...
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