Amazon.com banished William Struse – one its top 500 reviewers – and pulled more than 600 of his previous critiques for “bias” just weeks after he posted a 5-star rave of a new Bible book, but then restored him after the online book retailer was called out.
Struse discovered that he was banned from posting future reviews during a failed attempt to repost a favorable review of WND Founder and Editor Joseph Farah’s new book, The Gospel in Every Book of the Old Testament, when he received the following message from Amazon:
“Sorry, we are unable to accept your review of this product,” Amazon notified Struse, according to WND. “Your previous review of this product did not comply with our Customer Reviews Guidelines. Amazon does not permit reviews from customers whose relationship to the product or seller may be perceived as biased.”
But shortly after WND published an article exposing Amazon’s discriminatory treatment of Struse over his Christian “bias,” Amazon, he received an apologetic email Thursday from an unidentified Amazon “review moderator,” informing him that his review privileges were restored, but it remains to be seen if his “top 500 reviewer” status will also be reinstated.
“We have reviewed this situation and have restored your review privileges to our site,” Amazon notified Struse Thursday, as reported in the latest update to WND’s report. “We are sorry for any inconvenience this has caused.”
Zero tolerance for pro-Christian perspective?
It was indicated that Struse’s review – enthusiastically encouraging prospective readers on Amazon’s website to glean from Farah’s book – was the straw that broke the camel’s back inciting the online retailer to dump Struse.
“I was thrilled to see Mr. Farah highlight again and again how the Old Testament speaks of the promised ‘seed’ who was to someday bless all nations of the earth – of a redemptive plan that didn’t end at the cross, of a sworn oath with Abraham that doesn’t result in unfulfilled promises to the children of Israel, and of a fallen creation that isn’t forgotten by its Creator,” Struse wrote in his June 10 review of the book posted on Amazon. “If you are someone who doesn’t believe this passing vapor we call a life is all there is to our existence, [then] I’d encourage you to explore with Mr. Farah what the Bible has to says about the kingdom of God, [as] each chapter of this book was filled with excellent insights …”
Struse not the only one …
Farah argued that Amazon removing Struse as one of its top 500 reviewers and temporarily pulling his critique of the Bible book – along with more than 600 others – is proof of the retailer’s anti-Christian religious bias, which was recently exposed when conservative media outlets exposed the retail giant’s allegiance to Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and its slanderous labeling of Christian groups and personalities as “haters.”
“There’s something very strange happening at Amazon,” Farah contended. “I do not believe this is some innocent misunderstanding or glitch. There’s a pattern developing here, and I believe it is associated with Amazon’s partnership with the Southern Poverty Law Center, a stridently anti-Christian, anti-conservative, anti-Farah, leftist extremist organization that not only provides content guidance to Amazon, but also to Google, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter – in other words, the entire Internet Cartel that is imposing its own cultural, spiritual and political worldview on online communications. This is just the latest example of many.”
One instance that was noted involved SPLC’s smear campaign against the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) – a Christian law firm firm that fights for Americans’ religious freedom and constitutional rights – which was removed from Amazon’s Smile charitable program in response to SPLC’s labeling of the conservative legal group as a “hate group” because of its defense of traditional marriage over same-sex “marriage.”
When Amazon explained that the Christian nonprofit was recently banned – from the list of groups in Smile that are eligible to receive donations – because SPLC determines who is qualified and who is not, ADF called the left-leaning company out for no longer considering it to be a suitable nonprofit for its program.
“If you are going to rely on a discredited partisan organization like the SPLC to determine who is eligible to participate in Amazon Smile, you should disclose that in your policy and to your customers,” ADF attorneys wrote to Amazon in a letter of protest, according to WND. “Millions of Americans share our beliefs and thousands of Christian, Jewish and Muslim religious organizations subscribe to them as well. … We want to secure the rights guaranteed in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution for every American. That’s why we defend people from many backgrounds and from many different walks of life, including artists, healthcare professionals and university students.”
ADF proceeded to inform Amazon that the SPLC is in the business of denying Americans their freedom of speech guaranteed to every citizen via the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.
“[SPLC] would prefer to silence all opposing views – ridding the public square of civil discourse,” the letter continued.
ADF CEO and Chief Counsel Michael Farris contended that the shoe fits on SPLC as the one that dishes out biased and hate-filled campaigns against ideological opponents – not ADF.
“SPLC is not a neutral watchdog organization,” Farris insisted, according to WND. “Instead, it raises money by slandering people and organizations who disagree with its views. ADF is one of the nation’s most respected and successful Supreme Court advocates, working to preserve our fundamental freedoms of speech, religion and conscience for people from all walks of life. We would welcome the opportunity to meet with Amazon representatives to explain why they shouldn’t exclude us from the Amazon Smile program.”
Amazon was condemned for it allegiance to SPLC, especially because of its notorious track record of unwarranted attacks on any group that crosses its ultra-left agenda.
“SPLC … has devolved into a propaganda machine dedicated to crushing dissent,” ADF announced in a news release on the matter. “It does this by labeling anything they disagree with as ‘hate’ – even if those beliefs are widely held and constitutionally protected (as ours – and those of our clients and supporters – most certainly are).”
SPLC’s hit list
Whether it is attacking Christian customer protection services and evangelical politicians, or inciting violence against Christian organizations, SPLC is infamous for dishing out smear campaigns on any public figures who champion biblical values and oppose politically correct, anti-Christian worldviews.
“SPLC’s hate list also was used by the charity-information site GuideStar, prompting lawsuits,” Farah noted. “The SPLC famously labeled Christian brain surgeon Dr. Ben Carson, a former presidential candidate and currently serving as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, as an ‘extremist.’ The SPLC was also tied to domestic terrorism through Floyd Corkins, who admitted to the FBI that he used the SPLC’s ‘hate map’ to target the Family Research Council with a mass-murder attempt at the Christian organization’s Washington, D.C., headquarters.”
Even former President Barack Obama and numerous federal agencies have had enough of SPLC’s over-the-top ultra-left smear campaigns.
“SPLC also was reprimanded by the administration of former President Barack Obama, and the Department of Defense and FBI have severed ties to the group,” Farah added.