Amazon.com is riding high as Americans rely on the online retailer to purchase essential necessities amid the coronavirus crisis. Yet ahead of Amazon’s annual shareholder meeting, a rising chorus of Amazon Prime members and Amazon shareholders are raising serious concerns about viewpoint discrimination, citing the banning of some books and the exclusion of mainstream conservative and Christian nonprofits from the AmazonSmile charity program. Specifically, they point out AmazonSmile’s reliance on the discredited smear factory the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
“By giving the keys to the car to the SPLC, Amazon is quite literally engaging in viewpoint discrimination,” Justin Danhof, a shareholder of Amazon stock through the National Center for Public Policy Research (NCPPR), told PJ Media on Monday. “Their choice of gatekeeper is a bigoted one, an anti-religious organization, an anti-religious freedom organization, an anti-Christian organization that has also attacked Muslim reformers.”
Amazon's reliance on the SPLC is a serious problem because former SPLC employees said the "hate group" list is a "con" to bilk donors and smear political opponents. @DJKMinistries is suing Amazon and the SPLC for defamation. 3/ https://t.co/qSkO98L7Hg— Tyler O'Neil (@Tyler2ONeil) May 12, 2020
It is baffling that Amazon chooses to rely on this scandal-plagued leftist organization rather than choosing to have its own staff vet nonprofits, or to rely on 501(c)3 tax-exempt status. Even the non-partisan @New_Tolerance has condemned its reliance on SPLC. 5/— Tyler O'Neil (@Tyler2ONeil) May 12, 2020
Amazon workers are fed up. https://t.co/4seaktl5Qk— VICE (@VICE) May 11, 2020
#Amazon outsources eligibility decisions 4 their charity program 2 the Southern Poverty Law Center that settles political scores by smearing U.S government registered nonprofits they disagree with. Sign the petition below! @DanhofJustin @FreeEntProject https://t.co/f8o0D6FGzq— Sarah Parshall Perry (@SarahPPerry) May 13, 2020