Via Little Green Footballs is a report about the Border book chain appeasement of Caliphascist demands. There is Borders’ refusal to carry a magazine that is normally stocked because it has some of the drawings from the Comic Jihad. In addition is this claim from an employee:
I was shifting rows of books in our religion section and it happened to be that all of our Koran books (a section on its own) ended up on the bottom shelf. The next day I was informed by my General Manager that it is Borders policy as a whole (not my particular store) that due to complaints in the past from Muslim customers, we are not allowed to put our copies of the Koran on any shelf other than the top.
As usual, two thoughts spring to mind.
The first is the common rhetorical question that gets asked is why so many organizations will accede to demands from Muslims but not from, say, evangelical Christians. The standard answer is that Muslims are percieved (with justifcation) as being far more likely to become violent in response to refusal to “cooperate”. I would agree that there is something to this, but it seems to me that even so, the more likely response to threats of violence from Christians would be demands for increased protection from the state, rather than acquiesence. Yet one also notes the standard corporate response to other less mainstream religions such as Scientology. I suspect that the social acceptance among the chatterati for “standing up the fascist theocrats” (who are always Christian) is as large a factor as the violence itself.
The other thought ties back to the thread I have been following on immigration and a discussion I had over at Brothers Judd. This concerned the issue of there apparently being different and looser standards for illegal immigrants than for legal immigrants and natives. Because the USA is a Christian country, Islam is seen as an immigrant religion and incidents like this will feed not only distrust of Islam but distrust of immigrants as well. And the latter will naturally focus on illegal immigrants because they are already demonstrating contempt for our laws and customs. And finally, it seems another thread in the weaving of our loss of cultural confidence, that we as a society seem unwilling to impose the same restraints on Islam as we do on our own dominant religion.
P.S. See also this comment on CAIR’s reaction to all of this.