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March 30, 2006

More Fear of a Jihadi Planet

And you thought the Motoon kerfluffle was
a) over, and
b) a kerfluffle.

But no. Dominos continue to fall.


This week saw NYU unprecedentedly denying the public access to a previously open panel discussion. (Atlas Shrugs was there; above is her photo of the cowardly compromise which allowed the event to proceed.)

The Western Standard of Canada published the cartoons and is being summoned before a human rights court.

Now Borders and Waldenbooks are refusing to carry a magazine which contains an article accompanied by reproductions of the Dreaded Cartoons of Blasphemy (TM).

"For us, the safety and security of our customers and employees is a top priority, and we believe that carrying this issue could challenge that priority," Borders Group Inc. spokeswoman Beth Bingham said Wednesday.

Don't let anyone tell you this is about high-minded sensitivity to other cultures. It's about fear. Even those most in thrall to political correctness are occasionally honest about that.

The last time I actually bought something at a bookstore was because I had a gift certificate. And I didn't buy a book, I bought a pair of earrings. Like many people who spend too much of their lives online, I do most of my shopping at Amazon.com, so boycotting Borders and Walden requires no sacrifice on my part. YMMV. I just checked and, yes, you can buy a subscription to Free Inquiry at Amazon and the April/May issue will be delivered to your door. (In a plain brown wrapper?)

Over at LGF there's a movement to walk into your local Borders and ask for the upcoming issue of Free Inquiry, and explain why. I like it.

Judith | 03/30/06 at 12:38 AM | Categories: - Comparative Religion

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In no way do I mean to diminish the insult and horror of the burqa for women who wear it, but ... that's what those easels remind me of.

Jeremiah | March 30, 2006 11:25 AM

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