If you’re like me, you have never heard of Ravelry.

According to their website, it is a “place for knitters, crocheters, designers, spinners, weavers and dyers to keep track of their yarn, tools, project and pattern information, and look to others for ideas and inspiration.”

But, if you are like me – a patriotic, conservative American — Ravelry doesn’t care that you are not familiar with their community. 

Apparently, they only want projects that conform to their ideological point of view.  They recently announced that any sort of Trump-related project cannot be uploaded to their site.  

“We are banning support of Donald Trump and his administration on Ravelry,” an announcement on the site reads. They continue to spell out this new intolerance:

This includes support in the form of forum posts, projects, patterns, profiles, and all other content. Note that your project data will never be deleted. We will never delete your Ravelry project data for any reason and if a project needs to be removed from the site, we will make sure that you have access to your data. If you are permanently banned from Ravelry, you will still be able to access any patterns that you purchased. Also, we will make sure that you receive a copy of your data.

We cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy. Support of the Trump administration is undeniably support for white supremacy.

Oh, and they asked their members to help snitch on conservative users who violate the ban.

Society is unraveling like a bad stitch.

Remember when people could get along?  When you could disagree with your neighbor without having to renounce your neighbor’s political views to the world? When the left proudly was (or, more accurately pretended to be) “tolerant?” When the internet was the wild west of free speech?

All of that is now coming untied like a bad knot.  

Ravelry will let all kinds of political projects be posted and celebrated.  Bernie Sanders fans can post their photos, for example, of their knitted projects that pertain to socialism. Or, of course, the feminist #MeToo pink p-ssy hats. That’s totally acceptable.  

Who wants to bet they’d allow projects that criticize the President?  Like Trump-in-diapers or other attempts to disparage him?

But Ravelry considers anyone who posts a “Make America Great” themed-project too toxic for their community.  They have fallen victim to the “all who disagree with me must be evil” fallacy.

This is “cancel culture” at its worst, and it’s a shame that knitting now has become so politicized… and that this community believes it’s perfectly fine to so mischaracterize at least half of America.

Image Credit: Ravelry

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Mark Meckler

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.