On the one hand, this seems like Dr. Peterson's usual exaggeration and mischaracterization, but I wonder if he's wandering into dangerous territory here. Who, exactly, "[made] a book utterly disappear"? Remember: the book was apparently pulled from both Deseret Book and the BYU Religious Studies Center. Is the idea that both of these institutions--overseen by the General Authorities--are swarming with "apostate scum"? If the book was pulled from Latter-day Saint bookstores, then you sort of have to assume that the decision to do so was at least tacitly supported by the General Authorities. If that's true, it means that Dr. Peterson, in essence, is accusing the Brethren of being the equivalent of book-burners--akin to the Nazis, as it were.Sic et Non wrote:That brief sentence comes forcibly to my mind as I contemplate the situation summarized and endorsed by Jana Riess:
“Controversial Latter-day Saint book pulled from publication”
She has the advantage over her readers, of course, and very much has the advantage over John Gee, since his book has been effectively silenced and suppressed — at least temporarily. In some quaintly antiquated circles, it continues to be imagined that the best method for responding to a bad book, or to a book that one dislikes or with which one disagrees, is to rebut it. (“I disapprove of what you say,” Voltaire is often though probably inaccurately supposed to have said in response to a government-directed book-burning, “but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”). However, making a book utterly disappear is plainly a far more effective and efficient method of response. Still, we can be grateful that, for the most part, we currently tend to burn neither books nor their authors.
And it's worth pointing out that this is just plain hypocritical. How much effort did Midgley expend attempting to get one of Rodney Meldrum's book pulled from Deseret Book? And what about Midgley's campaign to have D. Michael Quinn's books eliminated from the Tanners' bookstore? Quite hypocritical, if you ask me.