The home of Martin Rynja of Gibson Square Publishers, British publisher of The Jewel of Medina, was fire bombed last Saturday morning. Before this incident Rynja had said that it was “imperative” that the book be published: “In an open society there has to be open access to literary works, regardless of fear. As an independent publishing company, we feel strongly that we should not be afraid of the consequences of debate.”
What does he say now? Full steam ahead.
Sherry Jones, author of the historical novel about the Prophet Muhammad and his child bride, said that Rynja “has shown nothing but courage.”
I think that's an appropriate attitude to display during Banned Books Week.
(for background information, see 9/24/08 post "Appeasement: Been There, Done That"