10 June 2010

Warning Label For The U.S. Constitution?

We are living in very weird times.

"A small publishing company is under fire after putting warning labels on copies of the U.S. Constitution, Declaration of Independence and other historical documents."

Ya think? Unbelievable. Definitely a "beam me up Scotty" moment, though I'm sure some PC academics would see nothing wrong with this "warning." More here.


13thBama said...

Let's not criticize the wrong issue here. The warning labels SHOULD have said:

"This book is a product of its time and was written when values mattered. Parents might wish to discuss with their children how views on race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and interpersonal relations have been SKEWED since this book was written before allowing them to read this forgotten and outdated work."

Note: "forgotten and outdated" are not my sentiments. But this is the way this classical work is being treated these days.

David Rhoads said...

Looks to me like the "warning" is just CYA boilerplate. I would guess that the publisher has not deliberately singled out the Constitution and Declaration of Independence for this treatment; it's a pretty safe bet that the same language appears in the front matter of every public domain "classic" that Wilder Publications repackages and sells. That said, it's still stupid.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

It's beyond stupid. They created a PR embarrassment and some are calling for a boycott.