Monday, February 05, 2007

Shameful Self-Censorship

I haven't heard of books being burned in a while. Of course, books are still being banned by certain governments, churches, schools, etc. It happens every day. But why make it this easy?

COPENHAGEN: A Japanese publisher has refused to publish a novel written by a Danish author amid fears that it could upset Muslim readers, the writer's Copenhagen agent said yesterday.

The Shimanaka Shoten company has "cancelled the planned publication" of The Enemy in the Mirror by Leif Davidsen, who has written a number of spy novels that have been translated into several languages, agent Anneli Hoejer told TV2 News.

"It's a suspenseful thriller and absolutely not controversial in my opinion," she said, referring to the novel which is set the day after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

The climate of intimidation continues to spread as we censor ourselves for fear of "offending" the Muslim population. No other group gets that kind of "respect" or self-censorship on its behalf. This is shameful...and it scares me to death.

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