Source: Paul Bois
Earlier this month, Amazon banned several books on “conversion therapy” that were targeted at autonomous adults with unwanted same-sex attraction. Now, several self-described “ex-gays” have criticized the online retailer outlet for having a glaring double-standard, considering that several pro-suicide books are still allowed to do business on their platform, according to LifeSiteNews.
“Amazon has removed the books of Dr. Joseph Nicolosi, the psychologist whom critics have dubbed ‘the father of conversion therapy,'” reported LifeSiteNews at the time of the ban. “In other words, for claiming that change is possible for those who experience unwanted same-sex attraction, Dr. Nicolosi’s books must be banned.”
Nicolosi was the co-founder of the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality. He died in 2017. Amazon reportedly pulled his books after one man, Rojo Alan of England, pushed them into doing so. The company did not initially ban the books, arguing that they did not violate their rules. Nevertheless, Alan persisted and began demanding people on social media bombard the books with bad reviews while researching ways in which the books violated Amazon’s rules on publishing.
Shortly thereafter, Voice of the Voiceless, an organization that represents former homosexuals, launched a petition demanding that Amazon lift the ban while denouncing the company for its glaring hypocrisy.
“Hey! Amazon and LGBTQ activists, it is disingenuous to use the suicide argument as a reason to remove the exLGBTQ Christian’s testimony and Christian discipleship books,” said the organization’s founder Daren Mehl. “That lie doesn’t work.”
Mehl added that if Amazon truly cared “about suicide and preventing books from contributing to suicides,” the company would have banned litanies of pro-suicide books from being sold on their platform years ago. Here are just a few examples: