Christian Group Halts Book Launch

From BBC News:

Patrick Jones was due to sign copies at Waterstone’s in Cardiff but the shop cancelled the event at the last moment.

Christian Voice said the book was “obscene and blasphemous” and called on the chain to remove copies from stores.

The company said it was not a censor but felt it was “prudent” to cancel the event because of its duty to customers.

Darkness is Where the Stars Are is a collection of 30 to 40 poems from the Welsh publishers, Cinnamon Press.

Mr Jones, the brother of Nicky Wire of the Manic Street Preachers, had been expecting to launch the book at the Cardiff Hayes branch of Waterstone’s on Wednesday night.

But a few hours before, the poet from Blackwood in Caerphilly county, was contacted by the company to tell him the event had been cancelled “to avoid potential disruption to our store”.

Mr Jones said he was not going to be “beaten down” by religious activists, and signed copies for a small group of people in the street.

“I’m really proud of this book and I’m really sickened.

“There shouldn’t be censorship of this sort – it doesn’t set out to be offensive.”

He said he had not singled out Christianity in his poems, but was questioning beliefs in society.

The national director of Christian Voice, Stephen Green, said the decision was a triumph “for the Lord, not for us”.

(via Slog)