For almost a week, Twitter barred Lutheran Public Radio (LPR) from advertising one of its programs due to its “hateful content.” An email notification gave the producers of Issues, Etc. no explanation, other than a link to Twitter’s policy page, for the social media service’s ban on LPR’s promotion of the program’s interview with author Ryan T. Anderson, who discussed his new book on transgenderism.
Six days later, Twitter reversed course and notified LPR it had approved the ad, with no changes.
“Although I disagree that speaking the truth in love about transgenderism is ‘hateful content,’ Twitter has every right to reject our business,” Jeff Schwarz, LPR’s general manager, told me. “I am just hoping that others will extend the same right of conscience to bakers, florists, and photographers.”
Twitter’s temporary ban only served to prove a point Anderson made during the Feb. 7 interview. While conducting research for When Harry Became Sally, the senior fellow with the Heritage Foundation said several medical school professors and practicing physicians requested anonymity because they feared reprisals from their peers or even losing their jobs for questioning the gender-affirming therapy advanced by the American Medical Association and American Psychiatric Association.
“Activists want to silence and shame anyone who questions transgender ideology,” Anderson told me. “But there’s too much at stake to remain silent, for what’s at stake is nothing less than the human person.”
Amid the drama over Twitter’s ad ban, Amazon suddenly stopped shipping Anderson’s book after filling orders about two weeks ahead of its official release date of Feb. 20. Anderson took to Twitter to question the sudden change, which raised speculation of a targeted campaign against the book. He later told me he still doesn’t know what happened. His publisher, Encounter Books, did not respond to my requests for an explanation. —B.P.