Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Starnes: Facebook has a right to not advertise his book but refusing his ads threatens constitutional freedoms

Todd Starnes
Christian warrior Todd Starnes
via RawStory
Todd Starnes wins a very special prize. If you divide the number of people in his audience by his IQ few people are in his league. Starnes has a special gift for communicating with a certain segment of society in spite of his obvious intellectual deficits.

The subject story comes by way of American Family Association's blog which means an idiot (J.M. Phelps) writing about an idiot (Todd Starnes). Truthfully, I am not familiar with Mr. or Ms. Phelps but writing for AFA offers some clues about his or her intellect. The text confirms my suspicions.
Todd Starnes describes the ongoing assault on the Constitution through a story that hits close to home for the bestselling author.

While preparing for a live book signing on Tuesday, the award-winning Fox News broadcaster … told OneNewsNow that one of the largest social media giants blocked his marketing firm's ability to advertise the event. …
That would be Facebook. I am not familiar with the awards that Starnes has won nor do I know what qualifies him to be described as a best-selling author. He does have a large constituency. Facebook declined to advertising the event for his new book because of the title: Culture Jihad. According to Amazon.com:
The Left is bulldozing through American history. We the People are the only ones who can stop them.

America is on the verge of another Civil War. Socialism is on the rise. Free Speech is under assault. People of Faith are facing persecution. Gun owners are in the crosshairs. Our public schools have been turned into indoctrination centers.

A leftist mob made up of socialist politicians, academic elites, raging feminists, and effete Pajama Boys has partnered with Antifa, illegal aliens, and other radical groups to finish what President Obama started—a fundamental transformation of our nation.
In Starnes-speak “we” is defined as white, conservative, heterosexual, cisgender Christian Republicans. A quote allegedly from the book:
My hope is built – as the songwriter said – on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness. My hope is not in a political party – but my hope is on the Lord
Returning to Mr./Ms. Phelps:
While Starnes agrees the word "jihad" certainly makes for a provocative title for the book, he also acknowledges "we live in provocative times, facing censorship on an unbelievable scale." Citing a few examples, he says sculptures, artwork, and books are being banned more often than ever before.

"And this," he continues, "lends credence to the argument that our Constitution is under assault in America. It is under attack by Leftists." Their end goal, he contends, is "to undermine the Bill of Rights and to target every single one of the rights we have."
So the actions of a private company imperil the Constitution? When we discuss censorship in consideration of First Amendment guarantees it is incumbent upon Starnes to demonstrate how the government is undermining free speech. If anything has been eroded in the First Amendment it is the Establishment Clause. For example, every state law that reduces access to abortion is in deference to religion. More specifically, conservative Christianity.

So no, Mr. Starnes. Facebook declining to run ads for a book with Jihad in the title does not “lend credence to the argument that our Constitution is under assault.”
Initially, Leftists went after freedom of religion, he asserts – adding that "freedom of religion is the glue that holds everything together." And without that freedom, the author contends "every other one of our rights is jeopardized."
Oh, bullshit. Freedom of religion is defined in our Constitution as “free exercise” of religion. It has nothing whatsoever to do with any other constitutional rights that we have. Starnes is a proponent of Christian Privilege and that is how he defines religious freedom. It includes, among other things, the “right” to discriminate in violation of valid nondiscrimination laws.

I give Starnes credit for knowing what his audience wants to hear or read:
"Freedom of speech, freedom of association, freedom of conscience, and even the right to bear arms is under assault right now," Starnes concludes. "[To stop it], we have to get back to basics and acknowledge the responsibility that moms and dads hold."
Inane platitudes (perhaps that phrase is redundant). There is no such thing as constitutional freedom of conscience. My idea of the responsibility of parents is to inspire curiosity and to stress the importance of the Golden Rule unconditionally. That's probably not what Mr. Starnes has in mind.
America, he says, cannot rely on "government run schools to teach our kids about America, our Constitution, and our founding documents." He warns that if parents rely solely on public education, "[our children] are getting a distorted view of what this country really is."
And the alternative to public schools is Christian schools. If you want kids to get a distorted understanding of American values, send them to a religious school instead of a public school. You might as well take a can opener to the kid's cranium and just pour in the bullshit.
The meaning and value of America's vast number of freedoms must be talked about in conversations around the dinner table between parents and children, the author avows. "Big tech book banning," he states, should never be allowed to prevail in a free society.
So then a private company does not and should not have the right to decide what advertising is acceptable for its platform? Moreover, no one banned his fucking book. Starnes simply relishes his status as a self-manufactured victim.

By the way, fabricated book banning is a problem. However, very real gay banning and transgender banning is not only legitimate but a duty.

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