As per CNN: "The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, asked the online retailer last week to remove the products, which included doormats, bath mats and other items imprinted with Islamic calligraphy, references to the Prophet Muhammad and scripture.
The products, which were being sold by independent merchants on Amazon's website, are deemed offensive because they "would be stepped-on or otherwise disrespected by customers," CAIR said in a statement on Thursday."
We are entering uncharted waters as the the wave of book burning has begun. Amazon has capitulated to CAIR and removed various materials deemed offensive to Muslims. Ensuing such easy success, CAIR is now reporting that it is receiving additional complaints about many more offensive items being sold on Amazon that should be banned. Looks like Amazon will be busy for the unforeseeable future working with CAIR to remove offensive material.
Although we Christians do not condone any acts that deliberately offend various groups of people, we also understand that by protecting the free speech of the offending parties our Christian speech is protected as well. This is the reason Christians never advocate or lobby for any removal of anti-Christian material from anywhere even though such abhorrent offensive anti-Christian material is overabundant and widespread in America and throughout the world. We rely on the power of persuasion; the power of simply being the salt and light of the world to counter the hatred and hostility that is directed towards us. We are called to endure and to love our enemies. We believe in the righteous judgement of God, for every offensive act is not going to go unnoticed and unpunished by God. We Christians are called to shine and preach the Gospel to the unsaved world and endure whatever hatred we are faced with.
Seeing how successful CAIR has been with Amazon, LGBT activists have jumped on the bandwagon pressuring Amazon to remove anti-homosexual material such as one children's book titled "No Dress for Timmy." This children's book is about a Christian boy refusing to go along with his teacher's progressive transgender agenda. Apparently an activist LGBT group "Family Rhetorics" stumbled upon this book on Amazon and got so upset that it lobbied Amazon to get it banned. After getting it banned, it bragged about it on Facebook:
So, Amazon just opened the door to book banning. We know that there are many more books on Amazon that LGBT and Islamic groups find offensive. We live in an age where Truth itself has become offensive. It is not hard to find somebody who is offended about something trivial. It will not be long until other Christian books will be banned on the basis that they offend some grievance group whether it be LGBT, Muslims, Feminists, Atheists....etc.
To our increasingly intolerant society the mere name of Jesus is becoming offensive. The cross is offensive, the Gospel is offensive because it convicts the sins of the world. It will not be very long until Amazon and the rest of the Monopolies receive enough pressure from the anti-Christian groups and declare Jesus and Christianity as offensive. Full scale book burning operation would soon follow.
Jesus was not at all offensive to the disenfranchised, oppressed, despised, and rejected. Jesus was not offensive to sinners. But who found Jesus and His gospel offensive? It was the proud, the boastful, the intolerant, and self-righteous. As our world grows increasingly self-righteous and intolerant, it will also grow increasingly offended at Jesus, at the cross, because he is the ultimate stumbling block to the unsaved perishing world.
For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1 Cor. 1:18)
and another verse
but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, (1 Cor. 1:23)
In related news, last year California tried to move ahead with its proposed law to ban anti-LGBT books, but thankfully it died in the legislative process. The law would have given LGBT groups the power to stop sales of any book promoting the Biblical perspective of sexuality and gender identity. Since the activists can't achieve this legislatively, they are working hard to achieve it via alternative channels, such as pressuring big business monopolies to ban all sales of controversial material. And there happens to be a lot of accomplices in the corporate world that are willing to go along with anti-Christian agenda.