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Father, we pray that You would stop the relentless censorship coming from our government. Protect those who hold to biblical truth, God. Shield their livelihoods, children, and reputations.

The left continues to push against truth, silencing any who disagree with its narrative. Is it time to go on the offensive?

Analysis. From The Truth Fairy. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis earned uncommon rebuke from conservative pundits last week, when he indicated he might sic Child Protective Services on parents who take their children to drag shows.

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“I’m a very big fan of DeSantis and very not a fan of kids at drag shows,” writer Bethany Mandel wrote on Twitter. “But conservatives have to recognize the Pandora’s box we’re opening by involving CPS in judgment call parenting decisions. It’s not abuse.”

Mandel is right: Child Protective Services should not be sent after these families. Parents ought to be free to make all kinds of decisions regarding what ideas to expose their children to, how and when—especially with regard to matters that we typically consider private and deeply personal: Religion is one. Sexuality, another.

But here’s the hitch: as with so many of our institutions, CPS has already become thoroughly politicized and weaponized by the Left. Dozens and dozens of loving parents have told me over the last two years that CPS showed up at their homes or threatened their custody or even testified against them in court, all for the sin of failing to “affirm” their minor child’s newly-announced gender identity or vetoing the kid’s immediate medical transition….

Here, then, is the question: If our ultimate goal is returning to a normalcy in which government agencies and corporations treat all Americans fairly regardless of viewpoint, how are we to achieve this? At a minimum, we must acknowledge that these institutions are already weaponized and their artillery points only in one direction: against the opponents of the Left. Acknowledge further that an ever-increasing tyranny is ratcheted upon those who dare criticize the encroachment of gender ideology into all spheres of public life. The playing field is about as level as San Francisco’s Filbert Street.

This week, conservative writers Ryan Anderson and Alexandra DeSanctis lost the ability to offer pre-orders of their new pro-Life audiobook when the book’s distributor dropped them—on ideological grounds, of course. One year ago, Anderson’s critique of the transgender movement, When Harry Became Sally, was effectively vaporized—deleted by Amazon on the specious grounds that it “framed an LGBTQ+ identity as a mental illness.” … Given that well over half of all U.S. book sales flow through its channels, Amazon’s actions represent an issue entirely different from Masterpiece Cakeshop (the difference is scale), as I’ve written before. An Amazon deletion is a death sentence for a book.

Not to be outdone, this week, PayPal and Etsy shut down the accounts of biological realist and writer Colin Wright for his persistence in arguing that there are only two sexes….

Two years ago, Target deleted my bookIrreversible Damage, from its catalog until public outcry caused it to reverse the ban, only to re-reverse and delete the book when it decided no one was watching. Public outcry over cancellation or book-banning only lasts so long before predictably dying out. And we’re all growing a little tired of the 24/7 umbrage. Like the characters who inhabit the America of Fahrenheit 451, there’s a point at which we simply accept a censorship so woven into the warp and weft of American life. Ultimately, we stop noticing it at all.

GoFundMe dipped its toe into the waters of censorship two years ago, when it shut down the fundraiser of parents who dug into their own pockets to advertise my book via billboard. GoFundMe has since shut down at least five separate conservative fundraisers; at some point, this will stop making news because it will stop seeming “new.” Wrongthinking friends are kicked off of PayPal and Etsy and Twitter, of course, with increasing frequency. We critics of Gender Ideology are left to wonder: When will I swipe my credit card and find my payment’s been denied? Or attempt to rent an Airbnb, only to be told my money’s no good there either?

And it isn’t only corporations weaponized in this way. It’s CPS. And professional sports. And of course, public school, where desperate parents rush to school boards and plead to stop the indoctrination and gender confusion of their children.

This past week, U.S. Senator Josh Hawley produced documents revealing that President Biden’s Disinformation Governance Board had indeed planned to surveil and censor American social media users. Specifically, the Administration had planned to target speech relating to the “the validity and security of elections” and “disinformation related to the origins and effects of the efficacy of Covid-19 vaccines….”

If the Woke continue to gain ground, where will we skeptics go to educate our children, transact commerce, find fair adjudication of our custody disputes? Where will we publish when not only the New York Times has a “gender director”—when every publication does?

That is the worry that likely motivates DeSantis, the first politician to “weaponize” the Florida tax code. He brought its hammer down on Disney to punish that one company for using its immense corporate coffers to lobby against parents’ rights in Florida. In principle, it’s a move I’m leery of. (And in the case of sending CPS after moms and dads who take their kids to drag shows, a move I would oppose.)

But the gist of this stratagem—escalation—may be necessary. Indeed, it already seems to be working. Playing offense, even raising the stakes, may be the only means of achieving a much-needed truce….

Do you think political escalation is necessary? Share your thoughts and prayers below.

(Excerpt from The Truth Fairy. Photo Credit: Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash)

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Jane A
July 3, 2022

What comes to mind is the prophecy that we won’t be able to buy or sell in the last days. I am already thinking of how I can move my business away from Amazon and any of the companies that are publicly supporting abortion. We need a Christian business network, to support each other.

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Carol
July 3, 2022

The Kingdom of GOD suffers violence and the violent take it by force! I quit using Amazon years ago when I recognized they did not share my value system! I am not on social media! How were books sold before social media? How were donations raised before go fund me? Take your books and ideas to churches across our country! GOD will direct authors and parents and all of us as to how to get our words out into the public! Stop supporting satan’s devices! I am a teacher and I have been advocating for parents to remove their children from public schools before the demonized biden and crew attempt to make it illegal! We either stand up to Goliath, put him down, and cut off his head; or we allow him to terrorize us! Stop acting like we don’t serve the KING of the Universe! Our GOD has All Power in HIS Hands! Satan was created and is not equal with GOD! Our GOD says you have not because you ask not! Ask that your joy may be full! Governor DeSantis is absolutely correct to stop Disney from having special circumstances in Florida when they, Disney, said they would not obey the law crafted and passed by the legislators, and that they would over throw the law! Governor DeSantis Did Not create the bill, congressmen did! Governor DeSantis merely signed it! As for contacting CPS, I wouldn’t do it because they are already so wicked! However, isn’t it already against the law for children to be in all adult establishments no matter who takes them? If so, the laws must be enforced! FATHER GOD please order our steps and direct our paths in these situations! Please remind YOUR people WHO YOU ARE and that All Power in Heaven and earth is in YOUR Hands, and YOU give that power to us, through JESUS CHRIST our LORD and SAVIOUR! In JESUS MIGHTY NAME I pray! Amen!

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Lloyd King
July 3, 2022

It seem that the majority of those who, by statement only, object to the anti moral behavior of those seeking to push the destruction of our children’s futures and exposing them to the judgment of God would have us throw up our hands and do nothing! Intestinal fortitude seems to be fading as quickly as springtime flowers. This say nothing-do nothing attitude must change, for the sake of all humanity,

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