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Protest Borders censorship

Original post made by David Voelker on Jun 3, 2006

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 (ccare@bordersstores.com) and protest their cowardly and hypocritical decision, and to boycott Borders bookstores.

Comments

Posted by Richard, a resident of College Terrace
on Jun 3, 2006 at 2:35 pm

Here Here:
Suppressing books is a sign of intolerance of others opinions. And that's what these are, OPINIONS.
Everyone has one. Everyone is entitled to one.
If you don't like the caricatures you see, draw your own.
We invite you to express your opinion.
But recognize the fact that others are entitled to theirs.
Besides I think there funny.
Richard


Posted by R. Donan, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 4, 2006 at 5:31 pm

Censorship, especially for a book store, is sending the wrong message. There are plenty of books and reading material in stores that people can be offended by. It most certainly does not make sense to begin sensoring because content offends a certain group of people. Why honor one group?