Letter to The Washington Times on Borders/Free Inquiry Controversy

Published Sat. April 1, 2006


    Borders bookstores apparently will not carry the next issue of Free Inquiry because the magazine reproduces (apparently legally) four of the "blasphemous" Danish cartoons that apparently caused such uprisings in the Muslim world ("Sharia at Borders," Editorial, Friday).
    The content apparently is objectively acceptable by mainstream publishing standards, so this looks like a case of a major corporate retailer and content distributor giving into hecklers.
    This sets a dangerous example for everyone else. One cannot give in to implicit threats of violence and remain free and worthy of self-respect.