I was shocked to learn of Borders bookstores' decision not to carry the April/May issue of Free Inquiry magazine because it includes some of the Danish cartoons of the prophet Mohammad. The caricatures are very mild, and not even close to anything a person who believes in a society committed to the free and open exchange of ideas would demand be suppressed. Borders carries on its shelves books and magazines far more critical of and insulting to other religions, philosophies and peoples.
Books are a free society's most precious resource. By preemptively appeasing one group who would muzzle those who do not agree with them, Borders has set a dangerous precedent. I encourage everyone who values free speech to write to Borders Group (firstname.lastname@example.org) and protest their cowardly and hypocritical decision, and to boycott Borders bookstores.