Only in the upside-down world we are in today can a terror-listed Muslim organization and a publicly funded U.S. library make the Orwellian claim that banning a book – that the author called “a screed against al-Qaeda” – is a “commitment to diversity” and supporting the First Amendment.
Banning books that may offend Muslims is enforcing sharia law. But why would a superhero who fights al-Qaeda offend Muslims?
(DALLAS, TEXAS, 9/19/2018) – The Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today applauded a decision by the Plano Library to resolve an issue related to anti-Muslim material in its catalog.
Earlier this month, Plano Muslim community members sent photos of the graphic novel “Holy Terror” by Frank Miller via Facebook to CAIR-DFW and asked the organization to see what can be done about the book’s inclusion in the public library.
CAIR-DFW Executive Director John Janney reached out to the library to see if there were any standards, policies or code of ethics that the publicly funded library followed when faced with publications that dehumanize or marginalize minorities — especially when those publications are targeted at children.
After a short conversation with a library representative about the library’s screening process, the library reviewed the graphic novel and agreed to withdraw it from circulation.
“The targeting of children with hate propaganda is inappropriate in a publicly-funded facility,” said Janney. “The good people at Plano Library quickly resolved this issue and we are grateful.”
Janney added that his organization supports First Amendment rights to free speech — even bigoted speech like that in the graphic novel — but imposing hate literature on a captive audience of children is not appropriate.
Earlier this year, Miller expressed regret for the book, which journalist Spencer Ackerman of Wired called “one of the most appalling, offensive and vindictive comics of all time” and “a screed against Islam.”
Did Miller express regret about the book? No. Here is what he said in the left-wing Guardian:
“My stuff always represents what I’m going through,” Miller says today. “Whenever I look at any of my work I can feel what my mindset was and I remember who I was with at the time. When I look at Holy Terror, which I really don’t do all that often, I can really feel the anger ripple out of the pages. There are places where it is bloodthirsty beyond belief.”
Does he have any regrets? “I don’t want to go back and start erasing books I did,” he replies. “I don’t want to wipe out chapters of my own biography. But I’m not capable of that book again.”
Not being ‘capable of that book again’ is not exactly regret. And it is not a book targeting kids, it’s a “graphic novel,” a ‘piece of wartime propaganda’. Anyone who suggests it’s a book targeted at kids is not only being dishonest with themselves but intentionally deceiving others.
But since libraries are now banning books harmful to children, the Koran is a book that teaches Muslims to hate non-Muslims and groups like CAIR encourage young children to read and in fact memorize it. By the library’s standard, and CAIR’s too, it should be banned. As should the lying CAIR.
Contact the folks who run the Plano library and share your feelings via email here.