And no one, including the government can tell us otherwise. Which is why these knitters are completely within their rights to say who can and who cannot join their group.
A free, 8-million strong social network for knitters, crocheters and others in the fiber arts has banned any mention of support for President Donald Trump and his administration.
The new policy on Ravelry.com was posted Sunday. The post says the site took the action because it can’t provide a space “inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy.” The post went on to say that support of the Trump administration is “undeniably support for white supremacy.”
The site, founded in 2007, said the idea was not to ban Republicans or conservative politics but to distinguish them from “hate groups and intolerance.” The policy makes no mention of similar treatment for registered users who criticize Trump or the administration.
I’m sure there are knitters of another stripe who will now open their group to the Trump admirers, and that’s cool too. And if they don’t want Nancy Pelosi to be discussed then that’s their right. It’s the right of all of us to freely associate – or not. And for groups to freely associate with us. Or not.
This is America. Not Nazi Germany. Yet.