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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is under fire after putting warning labels on copies of the U.S. Constitution, Declaration of Independence and other historical documents.
Wilder Publications warns readers of its reprints of the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, Common Sense, the Articles of Confederation, and the Federalist Papers, among others, that “This book is a product of its time and does not reflect the same values as it would if it were written today.”
The disclaimer goes on to tell parents that they “might wish to discuss with their children how views on race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and interpersonal relations have changed since this book was written before allowing them to read this classic work.”
Walter Olson, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, says the company may be trying to ensure that oversensitive people don’t pull its works off bookstore or library shelves.
“Any idea that’s 100 years old will probably offend someone or other,” Olson told FoxNews.com. “…But if there’s anything that you ought to be able to take at a first gulp for yourself and then ask your parents if you’re wondering about this or that strange thing, it should be the founding documents of American history.”
The warning seems to be offending more people than the documents themselves.
Amazon.com’s customer reviews of Wilder’s copy of the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Articles of Confederation show an overwhelming number of people speaking out against the disclaimer, describing it as “insulting,” “sickening” and “frankly, horrifying.”
Another review for Wilder’s edition of the Federalist Papers calls for an all-out boycott of the publisher, sarcastically pointing out the “dangerous ideas” it’s trying to protect children from: “limited government, checks and balances, constrained judicial review, dual sovereignty of states and federal government, and deliberative democracy.”
And though warning labels are usually posted to protect a company from potential lawsuits, constitutional attorney Noel Francisco says this disclaimer has no legal benefits.
“Would it ever be a legal concern that selling the Constitution would expose you to some kind of liability? No. Never,” Francisco told FoxNews.com. “The Constitution is the founding document of the country, an operative legal document.”
As for the idea that this warning label might help keep these works from being yanked off bookshelves, Francisco says it is more likely to have the opposite effect: people not carrying the book because it has the disclaimer.
City investors said the president was jeopardising the pensions of millions with his “excessive” criticism of the energy company following the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Before the accident on April 20, BP was Britain’s biggest company, with a stock market value of £122 billion. Since then, £49 billion has been wiped off its value. On Wednesday, BP’s share price fell a further 17.35p.
FBI investigation notes reveal ACORN was working for the Democrat Party and told employees not to talk to the FBI, to cause confusion on Election Day and to go “poverty pimpin'” for votes.
Judicial Watch, a corruption-fighting legal group, obtained the notes related to the 2007 investigation and arrest of eight St. Louis, Mo., ACORN workers for violating election laws and committing voter fraud.
Apple has suffered another embarrassment. A security breach has exposed iPad owners including dozens of CEOs, military officials, and top politicians.
They – and every other buyer of the cellular-enabled tablet – could be vulnerable to malicious hacking. The breach exposed the most exclusive email list on the planet, a collection of early-adopter iPad 3G subscribers.
Natural oil eating bacteria was successfully used to clean up the ocean and shores after the Exxon Valdez accident.
To date, the company which produces up to 200,000 gallons a day of the oil eating bacteria has not had their phone calls returned by Obama or BP. Kevin Costner has a small fleet of oil cleaning centrifuges at the ready. This device actually recovers lost oil.
President Barack Hussein Obama has unveiled a $483 million aid package for “Palestinians” (otherwise known as Arab terrorists) after meeting with “Palestinian President” Mahmoud Abbas.
Their meeting comes nearly two weeks after terrorists attacked Israeli commandos who boarded a ship heading to Gaza. Obama says he believes significant progress can be made in the Middle East peace process.
More than 12,000 nurses launched a one-day strike Thursday at 14 Minnesota hospitals – all in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area – in a dispute over staffing levels and pension benefits.
Nurses carrying signs began walking picket lines at 7 a.m. Thursday at the hospitals. At Abbott Northwestern Hospital, one nurse serenaded several hundred others by playing “Amazing Grace” on bagpipes.
A college instructor who worked as a senior elections clerk for the city and county of Honolulu in 2008 is making the stunning claim about Barack Obama.
He asserts that the President was definitely not born in Hawaii as the White House maintains, and that a long-form, hospital-generated birth certificate for Obama does not even exist in the Aloha State.
A driver leaving the airport early Tuesday morning launched over a tollbooth after hitting the concrete lane divider.
A YouTube video posted by the Dallas Observer shows a female driver, later identified as 23-year-old Jasmine Villasana, hitting a protective barrier at the north end of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport at a high rate of speed.
An American woman has spent three days in jail for calling the police emergency line five times seeking a husband. The dispatcher was flabbergasted by the requests and asked Audrey Scott, of Alliance, Ohio “You need to get a husband?”
The 57-year-old Scott responded, “Yes.” Told that she could face arrest for misusing the emergency call line, Scott responded, “Let’s do it.”
An Arizona man who bluntly expressed his displeasure about being called to jury duty has landed himself in legal hot water.
Timothy Michael Jones was ordered to appear Tuesday in court to explain why he sent back a jury questionnaire with obscenities written in black marker. He failed to show and Yuma County Superior Court Judge Andrew Gould issued a bench warrant.
Police say a Connecticut man who appeared at a courthouse to answer a larceny charge broke into several cars in front of the building, took a GPS unit and inadvertently tried to sell it to its owner.
Police say the arrest of 50-year-old Thomas Peno on Wednesday was his 40th. When he tried to sell the GPS to its owner, an argument ensued, and a bystander called police.