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Last updated on August 8th, 2017 at 05:33 pm
A leading children’s publisher has dumped a novel because of political sensitivity over Islamic issues.
Scholastic Australia pulled the plug on the Army of the Pure after booksellers and librarians said they would not stock the adventure thriller for younger readers because the “baddie” was a Muslim terrorist.
A prominent literary agent has slammed the move as “gutless”, while the book’s author, award-winning novelist John Dale, said the decision was “disturbing because it’s the book’s content they are censoring”.
“There are no guns, no bad language, no sex, no drugs, no violence that is seen or on the page,” Dale said, but because two characters are Arabic-speaking and the plot involves a mujaheddin extremist group, Scholastic’s decision is based “100 per cent (on) the Muslim issue”.
As LGF points out, get a load of what they are willing to publish:
This decision is at odds with the recent publication of Richard Flanagan’s bestselling The Unknown Terrorist and Andrew McGahan’s Underground in which terrorists are portrayed as victims driven to extreme acts by the failings of the West.
The Unknown Terrorist is dedicated to David Hicks and describes Jesus Christ as “history’s first … suicide bomber”.
In McGahan’s Underground, Muslims are executed en masse or herded into ghettos in an Australia rendered unrecognisable by the war on terror.
Scholastic’s general manager, publishing, Andrew Berkhut, said the company had canvassed “a broad range of booksellers and library suppliers”, who expressed concern that the book featured a Muslim terrorist.
“They all said they would not stock it,” he said, “and the reality is if the gatekeepers won’t support it, it can’t be published.”
These are the same types who whine all the time about “censorship” and the “crushing of dissent”. Andrew Bolt reviews the current state of play:
• Newspapers will not publish cartoons of Muhammad for fear of riots.
• Film scripts such The Sum of all Fears are rewritten to change the villains from Muslims to South Africans and Germans.
• Acts that joke about Muslims are banned from the Melbourne Comedy Festival.
• The Pope is damned for quoting a Byzantine emperor’s warning about Islam’s jihadist culture.
• Two Christian pastors who preach at a church seminar about violence and Islam are convicted in Victoria for hate speech.
• a Dutch director who makes a film criticising Islam has his head nearly sawn off by an Islamist.
• a best-selling author who writes a novel satirising the Koran is condemned to death by Iranian ayatollahs, and has one translater murdered and another stabbed, but finds few Western authors rally to defend his right to free speech.
• a performance of Mozart’s Idomeneo in Germany is cancelled because one scene shows the severed head of Muhammad.
• SBS destroys a tape of the Mufti of Australia calling suicide bombers “heroes” to stop viewers getting the “wrong” idea.
Hit Andrew’s site for links within the above.
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