Protest Borders censorship Issues Beyond Palo Alto, posted by David Voelker, a resident of the Professorville neighborhood, on Jun 3, 2006 at 12:05 pm
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.
Posted by R. Donan, a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, 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?