We can’t continue to have four of the biggest companies in the world picking and choosing winners in a marketplace where they have unlimited power.
Below is an article on the Tech Titans at a congressional hearing. It features Jeff Bezos of Amazon. It was authored by Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council and posted on Life News.
For the first two hours of the Big Tech hearing in the House, the most newsworthy thing Amazon’s Jeff Bezos did was eat a handful of snacks. Reporters actually tweeted about it, joking that even sitting there doing nothing, he’d probably “just made $300 million dollars or so.” Lauren Goode of WIRED guessed that Bezos could probably receive a Prime package “in the time it takes for representatives to ask him a single question.” When they finally did, most people would agree: it was a doozy.
Bezos, who wrote the single largest check for same-sex marriage in 2012, hasn’t exactly kept his social views a secret. As most conservatives found out the hard way, Amazon has been a mighty ally for the LGBT lobby for years, banning books and ads that dare to question their extremist agenda. Then the company picked a public fight, bullying states that tried to keep girls’ restrooms safe. But the biggest insult may have come a few years back when the company quietly gave Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a group linked to domestic terrorism in court, absolute power over its charity program. As most people found out in 2019 after a messy staff revolt, this is an organization so deeply sinister, corrupt, and racist that its own employees have sued. It’s a “highly profitable scam,” Bob Moser warned, full of sexual predators and con artists.
So why, a full year after these revelations became public, is Amazon Smile still giving SPLC full veto power over its charity program? “I am not here accusing you as someone who would ever traffic in hate,” Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) pressed, “but it seems you have empowered people who do… The Southern Poverty Law Center, which you allow to dictate who can receive donations on your Amazon Smile platform, ha[s] said the Catholic Family News, Catholic Family Ministries, the Federation for American Immigration Reform, the American Family Association, the Family Research Council, the Jewish Defense League, and even Dr. Ben Carson are extremists and should be treated differently… I’m just wondering why you would place your confidence in a group that seems to be so out of step and seems to take mainstream Christian doctrine and label it as hate.”
“Sir, it’s a good question,” Bezos admitted. He launched into a quick description of the program and then explained that they use “Southern Poverty Law Center data to say which charities are extremist organizations” and should be excluded. “But why?” Gaetz interrupted. “Since they’re calling Catholics and Jewish groups hateful groups. Why would you trust them?” Bezos fumbled for a minute, then said, “Sir, I’m going to acknowledge this is an imperfect system, and I would love suggestions on better or additional sources…”
“My suggestion,” Gaetz said firmly, “would be a divorce from the SPLC.” If Bezos wants to police haters, that’s his business. But SPLC can’t even police its own hate — let alone see past it to recognize others’. “Sometimes the press will describe us as monitoring hate crimes and so on…” former executive Mark Potok said. “I want to say plainly that our aim in life is to destroy these groups, to completely destroy them.”