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Saturday, May 27, 2006

Still not allowed

Last weekend, I mentioned that major U.S. bookstores had decided to allow Harper's magazine into their stores this month, even though the June issue features the Jyllands-Posten cartoons—something other magazines had been banished for. I also expressed my hope that Canada's single major book chain would follow suit.

According to news reports today, it will not:

The largest book retailer in the country has pulled all copies of the June edition of Harper's Magazine because it reprints a series of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, according to a media report. Indigo Books and Music said in a memo that it decided to take the magazine off the stands because it may be offensive to Muslims.

Posted by Kevin Libin on May 27, 2006 | Permalink

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So when will they pull the Davinci code because it offends Christians.

Posted by: WinnipegLibertarian | 2006-05-27 8:50:13 PM


"it may be offensive to Muslims."

Liars. It's the reaction they're afraid of-thus proving the need to disseminate these cartoons.

On a related note:

I missed Indigo's announcement that they had pulled the Da Vinci Code


Posted by: Terry Gain | 2006-05-27 8:53:15 PM


Well at least it isn't banned everywhere. I just picked it up at my local fas gas.

Posted by: Darcey | 2006-05-27 9:04:27 PM


I have been boycotting that spineless company ever since they refused to carry the Western Standard with the cartoons, and I have encouraged many people to do the same. This second act of servitude to the militant and barbarian "extremist" muslim community will only further reinforce my disdain for the company. They might as well change their name from Indigo-Chapters-Coles Books to Liberal-NDP-Pravda-Isvestia-Apologist-Appeaser-Anti-Christ Books.

Posted by: Big Makk | 2006-05-28 1:25:22 AM


wrt the Da Vinci Code- not only do they continue to sell it, it was one of "Heather's Picks" for almost a full year.

Hypocrites.

Posted by: SPare | 2006-05-28 7:45:21 AM


May I suggest that one way in which your publication, and any others who wish to follow suit, may stand against this bigotry, is by refusing to continue to refer to an exponent of the sixth-century Nestorian heresy as "Prophet." This word, when capitalised,gives legitimacy to one whom the Christian faith does not recognise as such and, by doing so, the West gives the impression that it is subservient to such a belief. Indeed, why is Western Standard prepared to employ this title: it is deeply offensive to people of many different religions who recognise no such "prophet"? I presume you do realise that the whole point of the cartoon protest was to force the West to pay obeisance to Moslem doctrine?

Posted by: Katherine | 2006-05-28 8:12:01 AM


May I suggest that one way in which your publication, and any others who wish to follow suit, may stand against this bigotry, is by refusing to continue to refer to an exponent of the sixth-century Nestorian heresy as "Prophet." This word, when capitalised,gives legitimacy to one whom the Christian faith does not recognise as such and, by doing so, the West gives the impression that it is subservient to such a belief. Indeed, why is Western Standard prepared to employ this title: it is deeply offensive to people of many different religions who recognise no such "prophet"? I presume you do realise that the whole point of the cartoon protest was to force the West to pay obeisance to Moslem doctrine?

Posted by: Katherine | 2006-05-28 8:13:36 AM


There is of course a difference between the Mohammed cartoons and the Da Vinci Code. The former made fun of the prophet Mohammed. The latter claims that Christianity is a hoax and the Catholic Church murders people to prevent the fraud from being revealed. If someone were, somehow, to get a similar book on Islam as widely disseminated as the Da Vinci code Europe would be ablaze (for starters).


This is not merely bigotry or hypocrisy. It is dhimminitude.

Posted by: Terry Gain | 2006-05-28 10:25:23 AM


Katherine,

You are right. I should have said "prophet".

If we can't express our thoughts on this or any other religion then we are no longer free. Since when did someone's religious beliefs become beyond criticism?

When people commit insane and horrid acts because of their religious beliefs then we need to question the validity of that religion until it changes enough that it does not produce these kind of adherents or fades away because it cannot withstand scrutiny.

Posted by: Terry Gain | 2006-05-28 10:34:30 AM


Indirectly, this chain of bookstore is supporting terrorism and Islamofacists.

What are we waiting for? Let's do something everywhere they have a bookstore. I would aim at closing them down. Let's start with an organized boycott.

Posted by: Rémi Houle | 2006-05-28 1:04:11 PM


Boycotting Chapters wouldn't work because they don't listen to civilized people - obviously, they listen to the savage beasts who represent Islam.

Civilized people don't suggest such things, but the only way the Chapters would change its position is by firebombings and bricks through the windows.

But even in that case, Chapters would know that any non-muslim violence would be investigated and vigorously prosecuted because it wouldn't have a wide base of support, the police wouldn't be afraid, unlike Islamic violence which is widely supported and scares almost everyone including the police.

Posted by: infidel | 2006-05-28 6:00:08 PM



The reason that the Da Vinci code is not banned and the cartoons are is that Christians haven't burned a bunch of buildings nor beheaded anyone over it...

Heather is a high-profile Liberal from Rosedale and so suffers the usual politically correct delusions that her Dhimmitude is actually "respect."

Posted by: Warwick | 2006-05-29 10:59:21 AM


Yup. Sounds like more lefty fools deluding themselves into ignoring an existential threat.

Posted by: Warwick | 2006-05-29 12:53:47 PM



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