(Christian Post) Amazon has banned another conservative nonprofit from its AmazonSmile program, which allows customers to choose a charity to receive proceeds from their purchases.
The tech giant’s decision to ban the Family Research Council (FRC) was reportedly based on recommendations from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the program’s gatekeeper, which frequently labels conservative and Christian organizations as “hate groups.”
“While Amazon customers can use the AmazonSmile program to donate a portion of each purchase to left-leaning organizations like Planned Parenthood, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and the Center for American Progress (and to be fair, to many right-leaning organizations, too), Amazon has decided to single out a few well-known conservative organizations like FRC and ADF from receiving part of the tens of millions of dollars the program raises each year from customers,” Kay Coles James, president of The Heritage Foundation, wrote in an op-ed for The Washington Times.
The Scottsdale, Arizona-based Christian legal firm Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) was banned in 2018, after it was labeled by the SPLC as a hate group due to its biblical views on sexuality.
“The SPLC itself is a completely discredited organization,” James wrote. “It bills itself as being on the front lines in the fight against racial inequality and injustice, yet last year its own staffers accused its leadership of years of racial and gender discrimination and of widespread sexual harassment. Whistleblowers said that the organization had a ‘systemic culture of racism and sexism within its workplace.’. As a result, its co-founder and president were both forced out.”
She added, “The people at the SPLC certainly have a right to disagree with these groups’ policy positions; but it’s unconscionable that they would label decent people as hateful and consider them on equal footing with neo-Nazis and the Klan.”
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Editor’s note. This article was written by Anugrah Kumar and published at the Christian Post. Title changed by Pulpit & Pen.
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