One leader in Congress who has continuously fought against the censorship of conservative and Christian owned businesses and made a big step forward with his work this past week.
On May 18,House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) presented a speech to the Council for National Policy, in which he argued that many Christian conservatives are being belittled for their work. In addition to this, many are being “forced out of the public square,” Life News reported.
Rep. McCarthy pointed out that it’s not just in businesses, but also on social media that conservative Christians are experiencing censorship.
“Conservative Christians are being silenced in corporate America and the mainstream media — including on social media, where some of the most important conversations of our day are taking place,” he said.
McCarthy addressed topics that are close to home for many across the nation, such as the growing concern of censorship by internet giants like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Conservatives and libertarians fear that they are censored by these social media companies, often getting “shadowbanned,” among other things.
But it’s not just social media companies that conservatives are worried about. McCarthy noted that Amazon, one of the most powerful companies in the country, has already shown its partisan bias.
“There are troubling reports that Amazon excluded the Alliance Defending Freedom from its charity program after a smear campaign by a left-wing activist group,” McCarthy told the council. “As you know, ADF is not some fringe group. It is one of the most respected public interest law firms in the country, with two cases pending before the Supreme Court … If ADF is not safe from discrimination, no conservative group is safe.”
Conservative journalist Peter Hasson led an investigation to try to figure out if something happened between Amazon and ADF that might explain the ban. He discovered that it came down to Amazon’s reliance on the Southern Poverty Law Center, a notoriously progressive watchdog group that regularly flags well-known Christian and conservative organizations as “hate groups.” As it turns out, the SPLC plays a large role in determining which groups can be involved in Amazon’s charity events.
Despite ADF, a Christian law firm, not being allowed to participate, Hasson noted that many openly anti-Semitic groups are allowed to stay in Amazon’s network of charities.
McCarthy is not the only Republican who has noticed the censorship taking place against conservative Christians, and many within Congress have launched investigations to determine whether or not the actions of these social media giants are constitutional.
Recently, the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees and a House committee interviewed Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg regarding Facebook’s activity. The social media giant was accused of censoring various Christian groups along with a variety of conservative commentators.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), specifically asked Zuckerberg about how Facebook censored specific topics including the IRS targeting conservatives, the censoring of around two dozen Catholic pages and its labeling various conservative commentators’ content as “unsafe” — most notably, the pro-Trump duo Diamond and Silk.
The following day, House lawmakers also grilled the CEO with questions hoping that he would bring light to his reasoning behind the censorship.
(H/T: Life News)