Let’s start off with the obvious acknowledgement: Twitter is
a private company owned by Jack Dorsey, and therefore he has every right to run
his business in a way that adheres to his values and conscience. It’s not like he’s a Christian baker, after
No one with any respect for freedom of conscience, freedom
of speech, freedom of association, or freedom in general should confuse Dorsey
and company’s fealty to narrow-minded left-wing orthodoxy with censorship.
This isn’t the government silencing dissent. This is a private company frightened of the
expression of competing ideas in the public square, using their power to
pretend that better ideas than their own – ideas that would expose them as
anti-intellectual, anti-science, and/or immoral – don’t exist.
That makes Jack a joke, not a criminal.
All that said, it is completely within bounds for those of
us who possess the better ideas that Dorsey and his Twitterverse ban, to point
and laugh. The most recent example of
Jack’s aversion to the open exchange of opinion came with Twitter’s short-lived
attempted ban on the public account of the newly released “Unplanned”
movie. Unabashadly pro-life, the movie
tells the true story of former
Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson.
It’s that true part that freaks out those who belong to the blood cult of abortion
activism. Abby Johnson was one of
“them.” Then when she saw firsthand what
“they” think is moral, she converted.
She thought she was pursuing a career to “help women.” Then when she saw how women were treated, she
converted. She thought she was committed
to “reproductive justice.” Then when she
saw how the most basic justice was being denied to tiny human beings, she
converted. Her story undermines
everything the abortion cult has sought to advance, and like desperate children
clinging to a lie that is quickly unraveling all around them, they are
frantically trying to bury Johnson’s testimony.
To do so, the abortion cabal was all-hands-on-deck: critics
panned it with prejudice, the motion picture association slapped it with an
R-rating (abortion is oddly the only bloody violence Hollywood seems concerned
about being aired), TV networks rejected even generic ads for the film, and
then came Jack’s Twitter on their blood-stained white horse:
Not long after Lila Rose and Live Action sounded the alarm,
members of Congress were even calling out the bias, and Twitter was shamed into correcting its “error” (undoubtedly the
result of some algorithm gone wrong – insert eyeroll here).
And while that’s a win for those who believe in the open exchange of ideas, it’s also an instructive reminder that Twitter, like most all of pop culture, is the left’s playground. While public shaming will sometimes embarrass them enough to play fair, evenhandedness is never their default. Until conservatives innovate and create a technological platform of their own, they can’t be surprised when this stuff keeps happening.
Still, success is the biggest revenge. And by that measure, “Unplanned” is giving Jack, the MPA, Hollywood, and network television their comeuppance. Despite their best efforts, people are seeing the movie in droves, the veil is being lifted, and hearts are being changed. Praise God.