Author: ACLU isn't reliable in fight for free speech

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

Target emblem with rainbowTarget may have reversed a decision to pull a book on transgenderism amongst teenage girls, but conservatives agree that the conversation is not over.

Peter Sprigg of Family Research Council (FRC) recently told the "Washington Watch with Tony Perkins" program that Abigail Shrier's book was a victim of "cancel culture."

"Sometimes, just one complaint is enough on social media for corporations like Target to just respond," he continued.

Sprigg

One critic of Shrier's book, Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters, took to Twitter to say the following:

I think the trans community deserves a response from @AskTarget @Target as to why they are selling this book about the "transgender epidemic sweeping the country." Just saying, this is some petty hurtful stuff.

Likewise, Chase Strangio, deputy director for transgender justice at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), tweeted the following:

Abigail Shrier's book is a dangerous polemic with a goal of making people not trans. I think of all the times and ways I was told my transness wasn't real and the daily toll that still takes. We have to fight these ideas which are leading to the criminalization of trans life again…Also stopping the circulation of this book and these ideas is 100% a hill I will die on.

Target later responded by saying it had "removed this book" from its assortment.

When asked about the situation Tuesday on Fox News Channel's "America's Newsroom" program, Shrier said there are hundreds of books out there "uncritically celebrating immediate medical transition for teenagers."

Shrier

"And that's fine," she continued. "I certainly would not want to ban any of those. But they are calling now for the banning of the only book out there that took a deep dive into this phenomenon of teenage girls suddenly deciding they're transgender and wanting to transition with their girlfriends and takes a skeptical approach, and that's my book."

In terms of Strangio's tweets, Shrier said "it's pretty clear that, in the fight ahead for free speech in America, we cannot rely on the ACLU."

On Friday, after being slammed for caving to "woke activists," Target apologized or "any confusion" and reversed its decision. Shrier's book was added back to the website in an effort "to offer a broad assortment for [Target's] guests."

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