In response to the 50-casualty Christchurch, New Zealand mosques massacre, a major bookstore chain has banned brilliant psychologist Jordan Person’s 12 Rules for Life: an Antidote to Chaos.
As per Stuff:
A staff member at Whitcoulls in Albany said it was not available in any stores around the country. She did not know whether that was a permanent move. A search for the book on the chain’s website does not return any hits.
NewsHub relays a statement from the chain about Peterson’s best-seller:
Unfortunately 12 Rules for Life is currently unavailable, which is a decision that Whitcoulls has made in light of some extremely disturbing material being circulated prior, during and after the Christchurch attacks. As a business which takes our responsibilities to our communities very seriously, we believe it would be wrong to support the author at this time. Apologies that we’re not able to sell it to you, but we appreciate your understanding.
What in the world is happening??
Association of Consumers and Taxpayers Party leader David Seymour asserted, “You don’t fight neo-Nazism by suppressing reading and books.”
It’s a solid point. Here’s more from David:
“Anyone who knows any history knows that’s the opposite of how you fight these kind of ideas. A self-help book is an incredibly strange thing to suppress. I think Whitcoulls have made the wrong decision, but I respect they’re a private company, it’s their right.”
“Anyone who knows history” — I’m not sure there are many of those around anymore.
So why the heck was Jordan banned?
Well, The Daily Wire has an idea:
Peterson was photographed during his speaking tour in New Zealand with his arm around an apparent fan wearing a shirt emblazoned “I’m a proud Islamaphobe.” That prompted criticism of Peterson, but Peterson would obviously condemn the attack in New Zealand; he stated in 12 Rules for Life, “Intolerance of others’ views (no matter how ignorant or incoherent they may be) is not simply wrong; in a world where there is no right or wrong, it is worse: it is a sign you are embarrassingly unsophisticated or, possibly, dangerous.”
I guess the goofs at Whitcoulls didn’t read the book.
If you can help it, stay away from Whitcoulls.
Oh — and also, eat more spaghetti; it’s delicious.
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