No first amendment allowed at the
American Booksellers Association.
The horrible ironies of this story are beyond the pale. The American Booksellers Association (ABA), a non-profit trade organization founded in 1900 to represent independent bookstores while also defending freedom of speech, has now violently condemned the publication of a book that raised questions about the modern perverse sexual movement and its unbridled support of sex changes for young children.
First, some details about that book and its author:
Irreversible Damage [by Abigail Shrier] is not some partisan screed. In the book, Shrier delves into the startling trend of adolescent teenage girls identifying as transgender, which a scientific study described as a “social contagion.” Shrier endorses transgender identity and even hormones and surgery for some people, but she warns against “treatments” that will leave many girls permanently scarred, noting that an increasing number of those who previously identified as transgender have de-transitioned.
Note how careful Shrier is to label herself in favor of sex changes for children even as she raises fair questions about some of these procedures and the possible harm they may do.
No matter. No one at all is to be permitted to question the left’s modern sexual agenda. When the ABA included a mention of this book in its July membership newsletter, the control freaks came out in force, demanding retribution and the burning of Shrier’s book.
And the ABA immediately complied, kowtowing like groveling slaves in its statement of apology.
“An anti-trans book was included in our July mailing to members,” the ABA confessed. “This is a serious, violent incident that goes against ABA’s ends policies, values, and everything we believe and support. It is inexcusable.
…“We apologize to our trans members and to the trans community for this terrible incident and the pain we caused them,” the ABA’s statement continued. “We also apologize to the LGBTQIA+ community at large, and to our bookselling community.”
“Apologies are not enough. We’ve begun addressing this today and are committed to engaging in the critical dialogue needed to inform concrete steps to address the harm we caused. Those steps will be shared in the next three weeks,” the statement concluded.
Nor was this groveling statement — totally hostile to the idea of free speech and open dissent — enough for this organization supposedly dedicated to free speech and open dissent. The organization’s CEO, Allison Hill, put out her own statement where she also slandered and condemned conservative Candace Owens, merely because Hill did not agree with Owens’ politics.
“This week we did horrific harm when we included an anti-trans book in ABA’s July box mailing to members. Last week, we did terrible and racist harm when featuring the bestseller Blackout by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon with the wrong cover image, conflating it with an image of the cover of a book by a different Black author, a right-wing extremist,” Hill wrote, apparently referring to Candace Owens.
This is what our modern “intellectual” class has devolved into: Intolerant to new ideas, hostile to dissent, quick to slander and hate, and dedicated to smashing its boot into the face of anyone it does not like.
The ABA did not literally burn a book here, but I would not be surprised if we soon see such things. We no longer have a free society if an organization dedicated to promoting the selling of books now believes that some books must be censored. And if the majority of the booksellers who belong to the ABA do not agree with this, why have they not stepped forward to stop this witchhunt? Are they cowards, or do they agree that the censorship of books is a good thing?
Moreover, Shrier better be prepared for far worse attacks. She dared to argue rationally and with some skepticism about one of the left’s most loved agendas, the normalizing of sexual perversion with children. For the left and the sex abuse community, that cannot be allowed.
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