Hey, Bezos: Why Does Amazon Shun Islam’s Critics, But Not Jihadists?

Written by Andrew Linn on May 29, 2018

Over a year ago, I wrote an article about political correctness, particularly about an Amazon.com commercial featuring interaction between a priest and an imam, and how it appeared Amazon.com was more about multiculturalism than it was about its products.

The commercial is long gone. But Amazon.com appears to be caving into political correctness again when it comes to Islam and jihad. Back in 2014, someone at Amazon.com considered Robert Spencer’s blog Jihad Watch to be hate speech (which is not the case). As a result, Spencer’s Associates Program operating agreement was terminated, as was his Associates Program account. In addition, he would not receive any further payment of advertising fees. According to Amazon.com, Spencer had violated the participation requirement number 26 by indirectly sending traffic to Amazon.com by means of automatic direction from another web site.

Spencer was also told to stop such actions and to remove Amazon.com (including special links) from his website(s), and that any additional accounts he has or will have would be closed and he would receive no advertising fees from them.
Spencer responded by denying such allegations, and asked if the decision could be appealed. Amazon.com replied that the decision was final. Thus, no appeal, no reconsideration.

Not only is Amazon.com enacting politically correct policies by distancing itself from Robert Spencer and others it deems to be hatemongers, it also appears to be collaborating with jihadists. How is it doing this? By selling terrorist recruitment material and bomb-making manuals. Some of these materials are available for next-door delivery, while other materials can be downloaded via Kindle. Such material is sold via third parties, and can thus can be purchased by anyone worldwide.

It is unclear why Amazon.com considers Robert Spencer (and conservatives) to be hatemongers, while it turns a blind to jihadists selling items on its website. Perhaps the people at Amazon.com need to be informed of how women are treated in the Muslim world, and the Islamic view of homosexuality and slavery.

The fact that Amazon.com is allowing jihadists to sell material for the purpose of recruitment and bomb-making has attracted the attention of the British authorities, and at least one Member of Parliament has called for a full-scale investigation into the matter.

So what can be done about this situation? Contact Amazon.com and tell the people there how you feel, and tell them to reverse their decisions in both instances or else face a boycott. If they get enough complaints, they will capitulate.

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Andrew Linn
Andrew Linn is a member of the Owensboro Tea Party and a former Field Representative for the Media Research Center. An ex-Democrat, he became a Republican one week after the 2008 Presidential Election. He has an M.A. in history from the University of Louisville, where he became a member of the Phi Alpha Theta historical honors society. He has also contributed to examiner.com and Right Impulse Media.