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  1. Bro. Curtis

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    Borders and Waldenbooks stores will not stock the April-May issue of Free Inquiry magazine because it contains cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad that provoked deadly protests among Muslims in several countries.


    "For us, the safety and security of our customers and employees is a top priority, and we believe that carrying this issue could challenge that priority," Borders Group Inc. spokeswoman Beth Bingham said Wednesday.


    The magazine, published by the Council for Secular Humanism in suburban Amherst, includes four of the drawings that originally appeared in a Danish newspaper in September, including one depicting Muhammad wearing a bomb-shaped turban with a lit fuse.


    Islamic tradition bars depiction of Muhammad to prevent idol worship, which is strictly prohibited.


    "What is at stake is the precious right of freedom of expression," said Paul Kurtz, editor-in-chief of Free Inquiry. "Cartoons often provide an important form of political satire ... To refuse to distribute a publication because of fear of vigilante violence is to undermine freedom of press — so vital for our democracy."


    Bingham said the decision was made before the magazine arrived at the company's stores. Borders Group, based in Ann Arbor, Mich., operates more than 475 Borders and 650 Waldenbooks stores in the United States, though not all regularly carry the magazine.


    "We absolutely respect our customers' right to choose what they wish to read and buy and we support the First Amendment," Bingham said. "And we absolutely support the rights of Free Inquiry to publish the cartoons. We've just chosen not to carry this particular issue in our stores."


    The cartoons, which were reprinted in European and American papers in January and February, sparked a wave of protests around the Islamic world. Protesters were killed in some of the most violent demonstrations and several European embassies were attacked.


    But be of good cheer, 'cuz they still let you buy the books with the pictures of Christ in urine jars. Certainly Christianity doesn't count in the "tolerance" culture of our P.C. world.

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  2. hillclimber

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    Christians aren't going to cut their heads off.
     
  3. SpiritualMadMan

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    Their God is mammon...

    I agree they shouldn't stock the pictures of the prophet...

    Nor, should they stock the anti-Christian merchandise either...

    But, I have to agree that Islam can't take a jab very well...

    And, it is a very poor prophet that God, Himself, won't take up for.

    2Ki 2:23 And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head.
    2Ki 2:24 And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them.

    Hmmm.... Looks like God takes the care of His *REAL* Prophets *very* seriously...

    When men are compelled to defend a "Prophet" it only accentuates the high probability that they are not of God...

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    I don't fault them at all. I find this a prudent decision.
     
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    Why Stefan?
     
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    Why should they risk the lives of their employees to sell a magazine?
     

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