Monday, March 02, 2009

Encylopedia of Christian Civilziation censored?

Don't count on hearing about this during "Banned Books Week," a little holiday the liberals have every year where they publicize the liberal books censored by conservatives, and all but ignore the cases where conservative books are censored by liberals.

Turns out the Wiley-Blackwell, an English academic publishing house that commissioned the Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization, has decided to withdraw the book because, according to the project editor, it is "too Christian, too orthodox, too anti-secular, and too anti-Muslim, and not politically correct enough for being used in universities."

Imagine that. A positive portrayal of Christianity in a book about Christian civilization. What were they thinking?

The whole thing apparently started when several editorial board members complained that there weren't enough positive vibes directed toward Islam and a few other religions. According to the editor, a scholar with a stellar record of editing reference works, the criticisms were meant
to sabotage the project and strip it of its Christian content. Among the words or passages they want deleted are “Antichrist,” “Enemy” (as referring to Satan), BC/AD (as chronological markers), “Beloved Disciple,” “Gates of Hell,” “Witness,” “Virgin Birth,” “Resurrection,” “Evangelism” “Harvest,” and any reference with an “evangelical tone” or citing the “Uniqueness of Christ and Christianity.” They also object to historical references to the persecution and massacres of Christians by Muslims, but at the same time want references favorable to Islam.
Here is Roger Kimball on the controversy. And here Edward Feser.

Now, back to our regular ACLU programming on the evils of conservative censorship of liberals...

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