On Prime Day, Muslim Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) — the runner-up in the race to become chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) — sent a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. In this letter, he demanded the removal of products being sold by organizations labeled as “hate groups” by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). He called for the removal of products related to the KKK and Neo-Nazism, but his letter also effectively demanded the banning of books published by many Christian organizations the SPLC falsely labels “hateful.”
The SPLC, as you probably know, is a left-wing organization that lumps legitimate conservative organizations with radical hate-groups in order to delegitimize the conservative moevement.
PJ media reported on this occurrence:
“Nonprofits have identified Neo-Nazi products on sale at Amazon, but they also drew attention to Christian literature available on the site, lumping in mainstream Christian tracts as ‘hateful’ along with KKK baby onesies and backpacks with Neo-Nazi symbols. Ellison uncritically cited this report, and demanded that Amazon remove all ‘hate group’ products.
“‘I am writing to you with my concerns about the amount of money Amazon has made from the sale of literature and music published by entities identified as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC),’ Ellison wrote to Bezos. ‘I would like to know whether Amazon is committed to ceasing the sale of all products that promote hateful and racist ideologies.’
“In ‘Delivering Hate: How Amazon’s Platforms Are Used to Spread White Supremacy, Anti-Semitism, and Islamophobia and How Amazon Can Stop It,’ the Action Center on Race & the Economy (ACRE) and the Partnership for Working Families (PWF) reported the availability of various products that seem to violate Amazon’s policy.
“ACRE and PWF found that Amazon sold kid’s backpacks with Neo-Nazi symbols, a swastika necklace, baby onesies sporting a KKK-style burning cross, products with the Confederate Battle Flag of Northern Virginia — which the company banned in 2015 — and more.
“Some of these findings were more debatable than others, however. The report also drew attention to Chick Publications, a company that publishes Christian gospel tracts. The SPLC has branded Chick Publications a ‘hate group’ because its gospel tracts argue that atheism, Islam, Mormonism, and Roman Catholicism are wrong while evangelical Christianity presents the only way to get to heaven.
“Sorry, but most religions are exclusive and believe other religions are false. This does not make them ‘hate groups.'”
The Left seems to be the gift that keeps on giving.