Yesterday, I wrote about the fact that LifeSite News was included and then abruptly terminated from Apple News due to its anti-LGBT ravings. I just received an email with the subject line: UPDATE: Massive petition against Apple censorship is WORKING! Please SIGN today!. Liars. There is no incremental progress. Either Apple rescinds their termination decision or they do not.
My guess is that Apple is not going to reverse themselves. There is no economic reason for them to do so. You never know. The language in the email is rather, … unhinged:
Support for our petition against Apple News’ decision to ban LifeSite from their portal is growing at a massive rate!
Since we first launched this petition – only two days ago – more than 26,000 people have signed in SUPPORT!
As you know, this is a CRITICAL moment for conservative and Christian voices in the public square.
Giant left-leaning media corporations seem intent on silencing our voices, just because they disagree with our point of view.
Anti-LGBT bigotry is not a legitimate “point of view.” It is really no different from the anti-Semitic and racist rhetoric of the Ku Klux Klan. These people seem to think that a defense of the faith licenses just about anything. Most Christians — indeed most Catholics — find Life Site News‘ anti-LGBT vitriol offensive. Apparently, so does Apple.
This is simply outrageous, and absolutely goes against our right to freedom of speech.
I don’t know how they do things in Canada but in the United States of America freedom of speech means freedom from government censorship. As a private company, Apple is free to determine what is, or is not, acceptable. And by the way, I happen to be blocked from posting comments at LifeSite News so this is a display of hypocrisy. I assure you that I was polite and respectful. LSN will block anyone who disagrees with their — how did they put it? — “point of view.” Where is my freedom of speech?
You don’t see me bitching about censorship, free speech or conjured up rights because I do not have any when it comes to private actors. I probably cannot post to neo-Nazi sites like Daily Stormer or Storm Front. My personal policy is quite liberal. It takes an awful lot before I will block someone from commenting. That is criteria that I choose to set.
That’s why this urgent petition asks Apple News to immediately reinstate LifeSiteNews’ channel, the world’s most-popular pro-life and pro-family news site.
And, we now need to make an even BIGGER PUSH to tell Apple that we conservatives and Christians WILL FIGHT this form of totalitarian bullying.
If a site is really “pro-family” then they recognize that families include LGBTQ people. Some families are headed by LGBTQ people. “Totalitarian” refers to a system of government. Apple is a private company. When it comes to “bullying,” LifeSite News is responsible for actual bullying, possibly even violence, against LGBTQ people. Their rhetoric does violence to LGBTQ people every day.
I was one of the complainants to Apple. I assume that others did as well. Complained because LifeSite News expresses intolerance. Apple independently arrived at the same conclusion.