by Joe DePaolo | 10:51 am, July 6th, 2018
Random House is reportedly spiking the planned publication of a book from a controversial German author over worries it could drum up anti-Islam sentiment.
According to German outlet Bild Daily (via Agence-France Presse), the publishing giant is pulling the plug on a book titled Hostile Takeover — How Islam Hampers Progress and Threatens Society, by controversial German writer Thilo Sarrazin.
Did we mention that Thilo Sarrazin is controversial?
The book, which was slated to hit stores next month, was pulled because of fears it could “seize on and amplify anti-Islam sentiments,” according to a Bild Daily source at Random House.
In a previous work titled Germany Does Away With Itself, Sarrazin reportedly asserted that undereducated Muslim migrants were making Germany “more stupid.”
That book sold something like one million copies.
This new work, according to AFP, was said to involve “a critical close reading of the Koran.”
That sounds … controversial.
Yuck. It should go without saying that some things are simply not said. This isn’t 1968 anymore when every new book was promoted as being controversial. The victors of 1968 didn’t struggle and triumph to vindicate principles such as freedom of speech. The fought to win, to crush their enemies, forever. So, we now have norms of proper decorum.