Thursday, March 30, 2006

Boycott Borders!

Odd, whenever Christian groups protest books that they find objectionable, you don't see bookstores pulling the material off of their shelves, instead you hear outraged cries against censorship. I think we should start a boycott, until Borders reverses this cowardly act. I am going to send them in my red discount card. Either that or start rioting until they pull all of the Al Franken books.

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.

The magazine, published by the Council for Secular Humanism in suburban Amherst, includes four of the drawings that originally appeared in a Danish newspaper in September, including one depicting Muhammad wearing a bomb-shaped turban with a lit fuse.

They say that the safety of their employees and customers is the reason for them doing this. But why stop with this one magazine? There are hundreds, if not thousands, of books in your average Borders which contain ideas powerful enough to incite action. Who knows when one of them could strike! We have no way of even knowing ahead of time which books they are. Therefore the only safe thing to do is to shut them down, stop selling books. We must boycott all Borders stores until they end this threat to public security!