Library removed anti-Muslim material after intervention by Muslim civil rights group
(DALLAS, TEXAS, 9/19/2018) – The Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today applauded a decision by the Plano Library to resolve an issue related to anti-Muslim material in its catalog.
Earlier this month, Plano Muslim community members sent photos of the graphic novel “Holy Terror” by Frank Miller via Facebook to CAIR-DFW and asked the organization to see what can be done about the book’s inclusion in the public library.
CAIR-DFW Executive Director John Janney reached out to the library to see if there were any standards, policies or code of ethics that the publicly funded library followed when faced with publications that dehumanize or marginalize minorities — especially when those publications are targeted at children.
After a short conversation with a library representative about the library’s screening process, the library reviewed the graphic novel and agreed to withdraw it from circulation.
“The targeting of children with hate propaganda is inappropriate in a publicly-funded facility,” said Janney. “The good people at Plano Library quickly resolved this issue and we are grateful.”
Janney added that his organization supports First Amendment rights to free speech — even bigoted speech like that in the graphic novel — but imposing hate literature on a captive audience of children is not appropriate.
Earlier this year, Miller expressed regret for the book, which journalist Spencer Ackerman of Wired called “one of the most appalling, offensive and vindictive comics of all time” and “a screed against Islam.”
North Texas Muslim community members experiencing anti-Muslim bias can submit an incident report on the CAIR-DFW website: https://cairdfw.org/incident-report/
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
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CONTACT: CAIR-DFW Executive Director John Janney, 469-998-2243, firstname.lastname@example.org
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