March 30, 2006

American Dhimmitude: Book Stores Won't Carry Magazine With Mohammad Cartoons
— Ace

Strangely enough, they still sell books offensive to Christians. But then, the rightwing theocratic fascist Christian movement just doesn't have the pull it used to.

Borders and Waldenbooks stores will not stock the April-May issue of Free Inquiry magazine because it contains cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad that provoked deadly protests among Muslims in several countries.

"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.

At least they're honest. They're not claiming they're making the decision due to "respect for different religious values," but because there's a decent chance adherents of The Religion of Perpetually Peevishness will come and bomb or burn bookstores.

Posted by: Ace at 09:29 AM | Comments (17)
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1 We should never have stopped the stoning thing.

That whole "turn the other cheek" stuff just ruined out badass rep.

Posted by: Rightwingsparkle at March 30, 2006 09:33 AM (1+NkI)

2 And that water into wine thing? Sure, it's great for parties, but it doesn't exactly strike fear in the hearts of our enemies.

Posted by: Cautiously Pessimistic at March 30, 2006 09:44 AM (JKlMI)

3 And do you want to foot the bill for their lawyers in the inquisition?

Posted by: Iblis at March 30, 2006 09:54 AM (9221z)

4 Well, bookstores really are just like Walmart's or Jordan's but with an extra dose of pretension, i.e. they're merchants who want to sell stuff. The fact that their product line happens to consist primarily of ideas and concepts comes second to the primary directive of making money.

It does us good to see them come out and acknowledge this basic fact - bookstores are not shrines or places of enlightenment, and we should stop according them the respect associated with such places.

As an aside, I wonder how long before the light bulbs start flickering on over the heads of opportunistic nuts and disgruntled bookstore employees that there is now a stated policy of caving to threats of violence, and that violence inflicted over the product line of a given store in the name of some special interest group may in fact constitute legal grounds for the harmed to sue the store itself on grounds that it put them in danger by carrying material inflammatory to said group.

Posted by: Scott at March 30, 2006 10:21 AM (f8958)

5 In re: bookstores and their pretensions, I prefer the image of the old world vendor stalls (still in business in the 3rd world) that sell rumpled, frayed books stacked on blankets at the roadside splattered by the dust and droppings of passing donkey carts and rickshaws - keep that shabby image in your head next time you walk into your local Borders or B&N and it should help keep things in perspective; the coffee bars and comfy reading nooks are just fluff.

Posted by: Scott at March 30, 2006 10:28 AM (f8958)

6 Christians ... just too damned nice.

What we need is a some sort of crusade to get respect back.

Posted by: DDG at March 30, 2006 10:31 AM (4uzEh)

7 I wonder how many Borders and Waldenbooks were burned down last month after they sold the 20 February 2006 issue of The Weekly Standard, in which the cartoons were printed.

I guess more of the moonbats read Free Inquiry and were able to report this to their Muslim masters in time.

Posted by: Master Shake at March 30, 2006 10:53 AM (VmtE9)

8 Behold the bold and courageous stance of the left when threatened by the forces of evil: "Shh don't make them mad, maybe they won't notice!"

Posted by: Canelone at March 30, 2006 11:34 AM (1Vbso)

9 As someone here put it a week or two ago, Borders and Waldenbooks are taking the "I hope Allah eats me last" approach.

At least theuy, unlike the NYT and other media, are honest about it.

Posted by: Reddish Jode at March 30, 2006 01:07 PM (KeOQp)

10 This is what I sent to Borders today:

What are you going to do when they tell you to remove materials that …

display scantily clad women
empower women to leave abusive relationships
discuss sexually explicit material
discuss homosexuality favorably
are critical of Islam

…all because they might inflame Muslim sensibilities?

Seriously, what are you going to do about the next demand that you submit to Muslim sensibilities? When will the insanity end?

Borders will either stand-up now or it will forever be enslaved by these Islamofascists; One book at a time.

I will never set foot in a Borders store again.

Posted by: Craig at March 30, 2006 01:31 PM (VziD3)

11 This is who I sent my message to:

Anne Roman at 734-477-1392 or

Beth Bingham at 734-477-4457 or

Holley Stein at 734-477-1224 or

Posted by: Craig at March 30, 2006 01:33 PM (VziD3)

12 I don't blame them. On the one hand, they have plenty of material that's offensive to Muslims. (They will freely stock and sell books by Ibn Warraq, whose books either attack Islam or attempt to critically analyze it, both of which are anathema to Muslims.) On the other hand, it seems they have been told by Muslim(s) that Muslims are aware of a certain version of a certain magazine that will offend them - with such a specific warning, it would make sense to take defensive action. I certainly don't like it one bit, but I understand why they would do it. If word gets out that they are stocking that version, I could imagine Muslims going to a store specifically to confront the manager about it.

Posted by: Muslihoon at March 30, 2006 01:48 PM (Q8UK2)

13 Allah is a false moon god, and his boy Mo sucks Allah's crank. Any moon god worshippers out there that do not like what I wrote, remember it is called feedom of speech. Kind of like when you make cartoons about the Jews you like to blow up.

Posted by: Leatherneck at March 30, 2006 03:33 PM (D2g/j)

14 Free market. You sell stuff, you try not to alienate audiences.

It's not new.

The contradiction with your own misconception of bookstores is not very interesting.

Vendors shape their names, their ads, their image, their stores, and their products to conform with their perceived audience.

Maybe you should get out more.

Posted by: at March 30, 2006 05:15 PM (ANynN)

15 Forgot to add that you too can join the free market! Open a store that sells offensive stuff. It might work for you, it might not.

Be sure to report back on that, okay?

Posted by: at March 30, 2006 05:17 PM (ANynN)

16 It's the free market forces at work I tell you! Magazines that examine the most controversial and biggest news story of the last 3 months aren't interesting to people at all - no demand whatsoever. The free market, not cowardice and appeasement is what drove this dammit! It's true, Kos told me!!!!

Posted by: at March 30, 2006 06:00 PM (1Vbso)


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