In the USA, Borders and their affiliate Waldenbooks has announced that they will not carry an issue of this magazine because it contains some of the Danish Cartoons that got the Islamists all wobbly headed worldwide.
I’m delivering a righteous skewering to Borders for this decision which is pure cowardice, no matter what fancy words they want to wrap it in for press releases. They now join the Canadian bookselling cowards I skewered in this post for refusing to stock the issue of the Western Standard that printed the same images.
The man in charge of Borders is Gregory P. Josefowicz. I spent a few minutes tooling around the Borders Group site and came across this little piece of information:
Hmmm. Now you have to wonder if they are just stinking cowards or are they opportunistic corporate yellowbellies? Doesn’t matter to me what brand they are – the decision to not stock a magazine for any reason (other than legal order) is pathetic. Put their decision in the context of their Diversity Commitment, a page that declares their love of all men, women and alternate-gendered humanoid bipeds, solopeds and wheeliepeds (OK, I made the last bit up) regardless of race, creed, age etc etc (it’s a long list).
So where in there does it suggest that one ‘diverse’ group gets preferential treatment over another. Oh, it doesn’t? Maybe because the page is full of trite commitments to equality and other worthy yet non-controversial commitments. BUT should you not actually wish to work for Borders, such ‘diverstity commitments’ are non-existent for their customers.
Let’s say that you happen to be a Christian, you see them selling the Passion of the Christ and you complain that it offends you. What might happen? Not much I’m guessing. How about you’re a Jew and the fact that Borders sells Mein Kampf offends you? Same deal – not much happens. But along comes a magazine that includes some of the images that fueled ignorant (likely non-reading demographic) mobs to burn flags, pastries and embassies and Borders instantly decides to not stock it. They pre-empted any actual complaint because they are afraid of the Islamists.
Borders cannot claim any high road, they acted from fear in the face of anticipated thuggery, not even actual violence. They know that complaining Christians, Jews and most other groups would complain, maybe start a petition, perhaps take their business elsewhere for a while – and that’s it. They also know that Islamists prefer molotovs to petitions and beheading to bake sales. So they ran away like scalded cats. Let me repeat – Border’s management are cowards and their decision is shameful.
Well they may have escaped the Islamist’s Scimitar for now, but they get a damn good bayonetting from me.
See also the Samizdata site for much more (and better) coverage.
UPDATE: Ed Driscoll has another take on this issue – where are the civil rights groups? Go read it.