Consider this. A group of folks who enjoy knitting and crocheting have utilized Facebook to be a meeting place of those who get excited about yarn. It seems just the kind of group that would fit social media and would bring together a diverse group of people with a common interest. You would think. The Federalist reports that this group of millions of hobbyists in Ravelry have been warned that there is no room in their group or on their pages for anything that might suggest support for President Trump or his policies.
Ravelry has banned support for President Trump and his administration on their wildly popular fiber arts membership website, because ‘support of the Trump administration is unambiguously support for white supremacy.’
Ravelry’s unapologetically discriminatory policy does not mince words. ‘New policy: Do not post in support of President Trump or his administration,’ reads the title of the document detailing their intention to silence the artists and presumably advertisers with whom the social media site’s owners disagree.
‘We cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy,’ it says, in Orwellian prose. ‘Support of the Trump administration is undeniably support for white supremacy.’
A number of other fiber arts businesses and online networks quickly expressed their support for the incendiary Ravelry statement…
Ravelry’s advertising guidelines boast 7 million users in “nearly every country in the world” reaching 5 to 6 million daily page views. SimilarWeb ranks the site first in the hobbies and leisure crafts category, and estimates 13.59 million monthly visits, 56 percent of which are from the United States. As this article was being written, 5,204 “revelers” were surfing the site. There, they share, buy, and sell patterns for everything from crocheted shawls to felted sculptures with, of course, the site’s owners taking a cut of the financial transactions.In other words, there is only one political view allowed and that is the anti-Trump stand. So, if I am not a big Trumper, why do I point this out? This is precisely how censorship works. It does not have to count on government control or impetus to rule certain kinds of speech intolerable. In fact, it works best if those in media all the way down to hobby groups take up the cause on their own and become the thought police on behalf of any one point of view. What can happen in politics will certainly happen in religion as those who refuse to be swept up in the GLBTQ agenda and the pro-choice crowd will soon find their access to media, social media, and even comments within a hobby group curtailed. My point is this. People tend to think that the conservative voices in America are the ones trying to silence people but it is just the opposite. Long ago the media took on Planned Parenthood, feminism, and the GLBTQ crowd as their own personal causes. This has expanded and many of those now in charge of a host of unrelated forums are extending the reach and making it more and more likely that someday those who stand for the cause of life, who value marriage and family as Scripture speaks of them, and who hold to a Biblical sexual morality will find their own access to media restricted and their points of view labelled hate speech.
On a personal note. . .
It has already happened to this blog and I have already had to defend myself and the idea of open comments against those who insisted this was a venue for hate speech. I do not moderate comments (though I do remove spam). Those who comment freely and their comments (from the wise and witty to the stupid and embarrassing) need to pay attention. While we should not succumb to the pressure to be silent, we need to remember that people are listening and watching and working to shut down venues that do not hold to the politically correct line. So if I am going down, I would rather have it be for intelligent comments that reason against such goofiness than people sounding off without a filter in place. Comment freely but comment intelligently and read your comment before hitting post.