Friday, February 13, 2009

Book Burning

Just the links cause my head is going to explode.

via Iconic Midwest
‘Too Christian’ for Academia?

"But protests from a small group of scholars associated with the project have led the press to postpone publication, recall all copies already distributed, and destroy the existing print run. The scholars’ complaint? The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization, they have reportedly argued, is “too Christian.” “They also object to historical references to the persecution and massacres of Christians by Muslims,” Kurian says, “but at the same time want references favorable to Islam.”'

Blackwell Scrapes Encyclopedia

"The encyclopedia has been pulled by the publisher, and existing copies are being sought out and destroyed."
Followed by an E-mail about the matter.

In other News Federal Book burnig.
Via The Book Burning Begins
The New Book Banning: Children’s books burn, courtesy of the federal government.

"under a law Congress passed last year aimed at regulating hazards in children’s products, the federal government has now advised that children’s books published before 1985 should not be considered safe and may in many cases be unlawful to sell or distribute. Merchants, thrift stores, and booksellers may be at risk if they sell older volumes, or even give them away, without first subjecting them to testing—at prohibitive expense. Many used-book sellers, consignment stores, Goodwill outlets, and the like have accordingly begun to refuse new donations of pre-1985 volumes, yank existing ones off their shelves, and in some cases discard them en masse."

"Penalties under the law are strict and can include $100,000 fines and prison time, regardless of whether any child is harmed.The threat to old books has surfaced so quickly in recent weeks that the elite press still seems unaware of it. "

"The wider pattern of CPSIA’s disruptive irrationality and threat to small businesses has been covered reasonably well by the local press around the country. Some papers have investigated particular aspects of the law—the Los Angeles Times has tracked its menace to the garment industry, and the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal the general plight of thrift stores—but almost no one has cared to consider the law’s broad array of unintended consequences, let alone ask what went wrong in the near-unanimous rush to passage of this feel-good law."

This kind of thing is how you end up in a 21st century dictatorial communist nightmare. It all just not wright any more or just quirky little unintended consequences any more. It is dangerous to the existence of America.

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