Saturday, July 21, 2007
Ban my books, please!
"I arrived in Kuala Lumpur to find that the Malaysian government had banned three of my books as 'incompatible with peace and social harmony'. This was surprising because the government had invited me to Malaysia, and sponsored two of my public lectures. Their position was absurd, because it is impossible to exert this type of censorship in the electronic age. In fact, my books seemed so popular in Malaysia that I found myself wondering if the veto was part of a Machiavellian plot to entice the public to read them." —Karen Armstrong