Sunday, February 26, 2006

Banned in San Francisco

The City Lights bookstore has stacks of Ward Churchill books for sale - but none one by Oriana Fallaci. Why you ask? "We don't carry books by fascists," the answer given by a clerk when asked if the bookstore would be stocking his "Force of Reason," and indictment of militant Islam.

A friend of mine took his young daughter to visit the famous City Lights bookstore in San Francisco, explaining to her that the place is important because years ago it sold books no other store would — even, perhaps especially, books whose ideas many people found offensive.

Apparenly, Fallaci's crime is that he defends western culture against radical Islam.

"You're welcome to buy her book elsewhere, though," my friend was told helpfully when he visited. "Let's just say we don't have room for her here."

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