(Special Series, Illiberalism In The World, Part 1)
By: E. Kyle Richey
Censorship Is Our Promise
Target Corporation has banned one book after Twitter complaints from LGBTQ advocates. Abigail Shrier author of Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters. And only a few days later Dr. Debra Soh author of The End of Gender Debunking the Myths about Sex and Identity in our Society, mentioned concerns that her book as well had been cut but it was quickly reinstate it by Target.
We will remain vigilant as to the direction Target takes toward more books concerning sex and gender. It is no surprise that Target has begun to take an illiberal stance in its corporate beliefs. Back in 2016 Target announced per in message of inclusivity that it would install genderless bathrooms but after some protesting it redirected $20 million dollars to install private, third options restrooms according to CNN.
Inclusiveness! Diversity! Equity!
Back in mid-october our own Kimberly Hagen took these photos of the propaganda that Target pushes now on its audience. Violence, gender confusion, and race baiting:
We are calling this propaganda because target has specifically decided to only push one side of an argument. It no longer is of a free market but it has chosen ideological grounds through means of identity and identity politics. No longer are legitimate views allowed that counter gender, sex or other forms of progressive, postmodern, and critical race theorist forms of identity. Clearly Target stores have abandoned all forms of rationality and intends to enforce its values on the general populace to the extent that it’s willing to ban books. Welcome to Soft-Totalitarianism.
Corporations over decades now have shifted from merely legal entities to political and social institutions that influence, control, and enforce similarly to the Federal Government. According to the research by Open Secrets, Center for Responsive Politics, in 2019 Target spent $1,520,000 in lobbying expenditures down from nearly $3 million in 2017. Also provided by Target Corporation is their 2019 Target Corporate Political Contributions.
A report from the Advocate suggests that in 2010 Target was boycotted by LGBTQ activists after it was discovered that the company had given campaign money to Republican Tom Emmer for U.S. Representative who, in the words of the Advocate, “Emmer was surely anti-gay.”
What Target and LGBTQ advocates refuse to acknowledge is that there is a legitimate difference between being “anti-gay” and holding the view that homosexuality is a sin, or a person believes that marriage should be between a man or woman, or even consider the scientific gender/sex research that counters transgender arguments. No, these advocates see only ideology.
Glenn Greenwald reported that the ACLU has begun to take a divergent and contradictory stance of its own toward the banning of books in the name of “Hate Speech” specifically advocated by Chase Strangio, the ACLU’s Deputy Director for Transgender Justice of its LGBT & HIV Project. Greenwald writes:
My interview with Strangio was too long ago for me to comfortably summarize it, but suffice to say there was no question that his views on free speech are sharply divergent from those that caused me to regard ACLU lawyers and their free speech absolutism as among my childhood heroes. If you want to hear reasons why the ACLU should be more reluctant to represent the free speech rights of “dangerous” extremists and why free speech should give way to other, more important values — views I vehemently reject — Strangio is about the most thoughtful advocate I’ve heard in defense of that position.
See Greenwald’s full article here: The Ongoing Death of Free Speech: Prominent ACLU Lawyer Cheers Suppression of a New Book.
Target is not alone as larger companies like Amazon, Google, Twitter, Facebook, and Apple all push similar agendas. Terrifying when one considers the possibility of censorship compounded by these multinational companies. That is why it is important to speak out against this illiberalism that now threatens freedom and liberty for all.