Brandan Robertson and censorship

"Brandan Robertson" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward
“Brandan Robertson” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

This cartoon was commissioned by a concerned party. Prints are available here.

I spoke with Brandan this morning and I asked him what one word he would use to describe the sentence he was passed. He replied, “Censored!” This must be a disappointing, sad, and confusing time for him.

As was reported by Time, Brandan wrote a book for the Christian publisher Destiny Image. When he came out, Destiny voided the deal.

The reasoning was that since he came out as queer and supports same-sex marriage, no Christian book sellers would buy the book. Therefore, because of economics, Robertson was dropped and was handed back his manuscript with all the rights.

Robertson himself claims that the book has nothing to do with sexuality. He wrote it as an evangelical for evangelicals.

Apparently, evangelicals… those who matter anyway… aren’t interested.

Again, this is why I appreciate the internet. In the past, stories like this would have gotten lost in the shuffle. Now, we can all know within minutes the unjust, unethical, and unfair policies held by people and places of power and the tactics they employ to enforce them.

I feel certain that a publisher will approach Brandan to pick up the book. What author and what publisher would not appreciate the buzz surrounding a book even before it has a publisher?

Brandan is confident that things are going to work out. He is obviously disappointed in the evangelical community for essentially silencing one of their own as well as trying to prevent him from influencing their stronghold. But he is still in the game and fighting the good fight.

You are in our thoughts Brandan. We encourage you. You have our support!


4 Replies to “Brandan Robertson and censorship”

  1. Did you read Benjamin Coreys’ blog concerning this? He has pro marriage equality statements in his book published by Destiny but is straight. The company wanted Brandon to sign a sort of doctrinal statement that was anti marriage equality and he declined, deal rescinded. Benjamin contacted company and said he would not sign such a statement, no problem his new book still in works. I guess a company actually needs to sell things, but does seem gutless. Funny how we decry censorship of news, but censorship by the marketplace often ignored.

  2. “Funny how we decry censorship of news, but censorship by the marketplace often ignored.” – Bruce C.

    I think the marketplace does respond. All of the Christian bookstores in my geographic area have closed. I wonder with the rising population of The Dones (faithful, long-time Christians who have ‘had it’ with the organized church as opposed to “The Nones”, unbelievers) if we will continue to see a decline in Christian-based products.

  3. I don’t think this qualifies as censorship, per say. It is simply a business decision (good or bad remains to be seen). The publisher simply decided their market wouldn’t be as apt to purchase their product if it was written by a gay author. When MSNBC decides to pass on a show idea because it’s too conservative, that’s not censorship. When FOX decides to pass on a pitch because it’s too progressive, that’s not censorship. Artists have the freedom to create whatever they want…somebody deciding not to publish, promote or sell that item isn’t censorship, it’s a business decision.

    Lots of room to discuss how Christ would feel about such “christian” business, but that’s a different conversation. While I may not agree with the decision, I don’t see this as censorship…just simple running of the numbers and deciding they no longer added up.

    Publishers get to determine what content they publish. Authors get to decide by whom they choose to work.

  4. Per Michaela’s post; I don’t think the bookstores are closing because people are no longer buying Christian books, it is that they are facing the same uphill battle other brick and mortar book sellers are facing. I buy a fair share of “christian” books a year, but can’t tell you the last time I went in a store to do so. Between better prices on Amazon and weekly Kindle deals, why would most people go into an actual store to purchase something?

    Not super comfortable with what appears to be different standards, wherein one author is required to sign a doctrinal statement and the other is not. I have no problem in general with a Christian book publisher working only with those in alignment with their beliefs, but inconsistent application is wrong.

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