Saturday, July 20, 2019

Amazon Bans Joseph Nicolosi's Books (but retains Hitler's Mein Kampf)

I just received, as a gift, theologian Stanley Grenz's book Welcoming but not Affirming: An Evangelical Response to Homosexuality. This afternoon I made coffee and sat outside in our new "floating chair" (comfortable!), and began reading the book.

Grenz mentions and quotes, several times, the research and work of clinical psychiatrist Joseph Nicolosi. I put the book down and googled Nicolosi, and discovered that, just this month, Amazon removed all of Nicolosi's books. They banned him.

Nicolosi's son, a clinical psychologist, writes about the banning of his father's books here. He writes:

From 1981 until his death in 2017, my father was the driving force behind reparative therapy. He invented, refined, and used this innovative counseling method to help thousands of men overcome the effects of sexual abuse and other deep-seated childhood traumas.
These men told my father that his scientifically sound practices helped re-orient their sexuality away from obsessions with pornography, and helped them reduce their unwanted same-sex attractions. 
The books Amazon banned are the continuation of my father’s legacy and of the changes that can take place through his methods. The books have hundreds of endorsements, from typical readers to past presidents of the American Psychological Association.
In one comment, which Amazon has now “banned,” a man said the book “Reparative Therapy of Male Homosexuality” saved his marriage.
What if this is true, to the horror of the book-banners? 
Meanwhile, you can still purchase Hitler's Mein Kampf on Amazon and read how Jews are "scum" and to be eliminated through ethnic cleansing. And countless other morally questionable books. Sounds Orwellian, right? How will Amazon's Thought Police adjudicate this?
Some House Republicans want Amazon to end its ban on “gay conversion therapy” books, and they are asking lawmakers to use their political power to pressure the online retailer. (See here.)

Michael Brown asks "Will Amazon Ban the Bible Next?"