11 February 2009

What a waste of money.

Shocking news of the "first mass book-burning in the 21st century". This is the story, reported by Ruth Gledhill and Damian Thompson, of a four-volume encyclopedia which has been destroyed after its first print, for being too Christian. The title of the books? Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. You have to read this story to believe it.
Following a long, and costly, process to production, and following acclaimed reviews, there were complaints made that the series was too Christian in some of it's terminology e.g. using BC/AD instead of the secular BCE/CE. Also criticised was a need for more "material denigrating Christianity in some form or fashion.”

Sadly, it comes to be accepted that in our secularised part of the world, it's okay to attack Christians and demand a representation of history and culture. More shocking, however, is that these books couldn't have been given to people who can ill afford books. People, perhaps appreciative for the chance of an education, who are more than capable of making up their own mind. Unlike, it appears, the anticipated readers of the publishers of this series.
Shame on them, I say.

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