“I wanted to let you know about some of our ads that have recently been pulled on Facebook,” wrote my publicist at TAN Books in an email, “including all of our ads for The Devil and Karl Marx.”
That would be my book: The Devil and Karl Marx. It has sold thousands of copies, is being pursued for various foreign translations and film rights, and has over 800 reviews on Amazon. I’ve talked about the book incessantly on over a hundred radio and TV shows since it was released last August — forums that believe in free speech and the free exchange of ideas. But Facebook has targeted the book.
Needless to say, I’m not surprised. Two weeks ago I had learned that my fellow author at TAN Books, Dr. Carrie Gress, had likewise been censored. In fact, both Facebook and Instagram have canceled Dr. Gress’s work. What is this dangerous book by Gress that didn’t meet the approval of the hidden powers of Big Tech? Her book, The Anti-Mary Exposed: Rescuing the Culture from Toxic Femininity.
Yes, they’re censoring a book on the Virgin Mary, the mother of Christ. Maybe it was the phrase “toxic femininity” that sprung the blacklisters into action. Had Gress exposed the horrors of “toxic masculinity,” promising to rescue the culture from that plague, well, all would have been surely peachy.
Carrie Gress’s work is a powerful defense of motherhood, exalting the ultimate model of maternity—the Blessed Mother. And the list of TAN Books targeted by the book-banners continues. Facebook also smacked down Kimberly Cook’s lovely new work, Motherhood Redeemed: How Radical Feminism Betrayed Motherly Love. The TAN ad for Motherhood Redeemed innocently states: “A book that challenges feminism in the modern world, with the reminder of the simple truth that all women are called to be mothers.”
That presumably vulgar assertion violates Facebook’s Sensational Content Policy. These criticisms of feminism are apparently verboten. Well, Hell hath no fury!
“They are saying that the ads are being pulled during the time of the election on anything having to do with social or political issues,” continued my publicist, “but we are now months past the election and they have still blocked all of our ads for your book.”
Facebook has even cancelled TAN’s ad for a children’s book called Stations of the Cross for Kids.
Yes, a children’s book, ladies and gentlemen, on the Stations of the Cross.
What excuse did Facebook drum up for this one? Apparently, the image of the crucifix on the cover constitutes a shocking and violent image. The Facebook blocker states: “Ad Can’t Run: Ads must not contain shocking, sensational, inflammatory, or excessively violent content. Read our Sensational Content Policy….”
The above comes from a Feb. 8 story by Paul Kengor in Crisis magazine.