Linda Harvey’s extremely dangerous and harmful Kindle book to LGBT at risk youth “Maybe He’s Not Gay” returned to Amazon on Friday, along with a dozen new fake 5-star reviews.
Two weeks ago I contacted Amazon.com to complain about the book and filled them in on Linda Harvey’s hate group leader status, her past hateful and extreme anti-LGBT propaganda and and how potentially dangerous this book was to LGBT children. In 2012, The Southern Poverty Law center designated Harvey’s group Mission; America a hate group, based on the on their extremist fringe anti-LGBT stance.
I received an email from Amazon.com saying that they would remove the title from its library.
Thanks for bringing this to our attention.
I’d love to forward your email to our Catalog Team to remove the book from our website, but I couldn’t find the exact book in our website. Please write back with the following information to locate the item on our website so that we can contact our Catalog Team.
After sending Amazon.com the information requested and the link, 4 hours later Linda Harvey’s book was removed from the catalog.
Two days after the book was removed Linda Harvey claimed that SHE had the book withdrawn the book from the site because evil gay bloggers like me who were encouraging bad reviews from people who hadn’t even read it.
On the third day following the removal I received the following email from Brittany Turner who works for Amazon.com’s PR team.
I work on the Amazon PR team, and saw your post on Back2Stonewall titled “Hate Group Leader Linda Harvey’s Book “Maybe He’s Not Gay” Pulled From Amazon.com. I wanted to let you know that the publisher removed the book from sale. Can you please correct your story to reflect this.
Brittany Turner | Public Relations | Amazon.com
Obviously I did not change the story. Instead I wrote back to Ms. Turner and asked why, if Harvey’s publisher, Penrhyn Press, pulled her book did I receive an email stating that the book would be pulled. I also asked for a statement from Amazon.com regarding the selling of a potentially dangerous book to LGBT youth from an officially recognized fringe anti-gay hate group leader.
Now three follow-up emails to Amazon and I still have not received answer.
Here is a review of Harvey’s book by Camille Beredjick
As she introduces the book, Harvey describes homosexuality as “an emperor without clothes,” claiming repeatedly that gay people’s “feelings” (I can just hear her saying it in a mocking voice) are totally misguided and don’t actually reflect facts or represent the “truth” — which is, apparently, that nobody can be gay.
The “factual” pillars she believes we’re violating are that being gay hasn’t been proven to be genetic and that there are “risks” associated with homosexuality — as you may have guessed, she throws around lots of outdated data and incorrect stereotypes about HIV/AIDS. (Chapter 4 is called “Friends Don’t Let Friends Be Gay,” and it’s all about gay sex. Which religious conservatives seems rather obsessed with…)
Here’s a pseudo-thesis statement:
If it’s not genetic and some people think there are some real risks and problems with homosexuality … then why can’t there be reasonable discussions about it? Wouldn’t that be reasonable, compassionate and… tolerant??? Maybe being gay isn’t “who they are.” Maybe their feelings have just had a head-on collision with facts.
She makes the argument that “our ancestors” throughout history opposed homosexuality, and she gets really tripped up trying to decide whether or not homosexuality is genetic, i.e. fixed at birth and unchangeable.
If there’s no reliable research supporting the claim that being gay is inborn — then why can’t we still allow open discussions in our schools, universities, legislatures? Can an opposing opinion still be allowed without name-calling? Without people being called hateful, bigoted, intolerant? Without fines, job loss, public humiliation? (Yes, those things are happening!) Can we listen to other voices on this issue, in an attempt to find the truth? And if we aren’t willing to do so, what does that say about us?
The part of this that made me start to hyperventilate is when she compared homosexuality to skipping class, being overweight, cheating on exams, cheating on a spouse, or even developing an eating disorder: all behaviors she considers “not genetic, high-risk, and changeable.”
(There are so many problems with this logic. So. Many.)
But that’s the argument she uses to claim that homosexuality is probably not inborn, but merely a bad choice that some people make and can be counseled out of. Take a look:
Some girls — even a few boys — develop eating disorders. Why? What in the world could make a person intentionally starve herself? One would think, since this is so obviously a bad idea, that all you have to do is point out this fact to an otherwise smart person, and they’ll snap out of it — right? But it turns out, it’s not that simple. Sometimes it takes years of counseling to get a person to eat. Think about that. To get a person to eat, the most basic human desire we have. And in the meantime, serious damage can be happening to her skin, hair, heart and other organs. Why do we not think people could be deeply deceived — emotionally — about other things? Things like their perceptions about who they are attracted to? Things like sex and gender identity?
Next up, Harvey claims that accepting homosexuality will “shake the foundations of human culture.” And that it’s already happening! (The horror!) She offers a long list of the horrible, horrible consequences of greater acceptance of LGBT folks. While the list is too long to post in its entirety, here are some of the gems:
- Someone may confess a gay “crush” on you, whether or not you have any interest, and if you aren’t polite, even if they are quite aggressive, you may be accused of bigotry and discrimination. In fact, being repulsed by a gay person’s pursuit of you will no longer be an acceptable reaction. You won’t have a choice — it won’t be “cool” and it may also go against the school or company rules on discrimination and you will become the “bad guy” who is expelled or fired.
- You may get a summer job where you are in contact with practicing homosexuals, and you may be forced to listen to them describe their homosexual relationships, even if you don’t want to. Complaining may result in a charge of discrimination, a demotion or even being fired.
- Same sex marriage will become legal and you will be expected to attend and applaud these weddings, and to introduce partners to your family and friends.
- It will become illegal to say anything against homosexuality even in church or even to your own children.
- You may belong to a health plan where the doctor or counselor assigned to you is homosexual and also the same sex as you. If that makes you feel uncomfortable during physical exams, too bad.
- No one will be allowed to joke about men who want to wear dresses or women who have beards, and restrooms and locker rooms will be non-gendered.
She also whines that acceptance of homosexuality will lead kids to start wondering about sex, and having sex earlier, and that we’ll all have to accept it. Wrong, wrong, wrong. If your child sees a same-sex couple and their first question is how that couple has sex, you need to have another conversation entirely.
The kicker comes in the third chapter: “Why No One Is Born Gay.”
Homosexuality is really a rebellion against the norm, against most or all norms. It’s one type of behavior that some people today are saying should be explored by anyone who wants to. And the person doesn’t have to call himself or herself a homosexual. It’s called “fluid” sexual behavior and feelings, or being “queer.” That’s not my word, but theirs. That is, go into the homosexual life if a person wants, or heterosexuality, or bisexuality. Change genders or have an undefined gender, or do whatever you want, whenever you want. This is what is being promoted. Not long ago, such recklessness would have been unheard of and considered what it quite logically is: a recipe for personal chaos and disaster. Others are proposing widespread acceptance of bizarre practices like sex between people and animals, or sado-masochism, which combines violence and sex. Finally, some people believe that the criminal penalties that exist for sex between adults and minors should be eliminated, and that even children should have sex.More chaos, damage and disaster.
Harvey says that “hundreds” of organizations in the U.S. can help gay people work through their feelings and turn straight, and that plenty of “converted homosexuals” will tell you that it really works. Never mind that the most prominent ex-gay organization Exodus International shut its doors and its president said homosexuality is unchangeable — Harvey says he’s not a good representative of the ex-gay movement because “there seems to be a lot of confusion going on in his life.”
Later, she defends parents who kick their gay children out of their homes. She suggests that children whose parents don’t try to shield them from homosexuality will commit suicide. She says that it’s the responsibility of churches to try to warn people about homosexuality. She suggests that gay teenagers are the victims of broken homes or sexual abuse. She waxes poetic on Sodom and Gomorrah. And finally, she says that God is the answer to a troubled life of homosexuality.
This is the book that Amazon.com finds acceptable and is allowing to be sold on its website
Right now I don’t know who is more disgusting. Linda Harvey or Amazon.com