Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Barnes and Noble selling pornography openly

from the American Family Association
In Collierville, Tennessee, recently, an 11 year-old boy named Landon was walking through the Barnes & Noble bookstore when he noticed a book lying open on one of the reading area tables. His dad, Brannon, was right behind him. What Landon saw were graphic pictures of two men engaged in s--. The book was titled "Ultimate Gay S--," and is one of the many sexually explicit books offered in Barnes & Noble stores.
Mr. Howse was obviously stunned and upset at what his young son had just been exposed to just walking through a general bookstore. When Mr. Howse complained to the store management that this kind of material should not be on the bookshelves anywhere in the store, especially a store children frequent, he was met with indifference.
When he complained to law enforcement that Barnes & Noble was in violation of the Tennessee "harmful to minors" statute he was given the run around.
Since this story broke, AFA has learned that this is a serious problem in Barnes & Noble stores across the country. Many parents have written to say they have had the same type of heart wrenching experiences with their children as Barnes & Noble does not place the homosexual pornography behind the counter or even in a restricted area not open to minors.
Anyone can go in and find it on the shelf. I wanted to warn parents and grandparents about this danger because this is the largest bookstore chain in America and other bookstores have similarly have no responsible policy when it comes to placing these kinds of books in theirs stores.
Please help us send a message to Barnes & Noble Chairman Mr. Leonard Riggio. He needs to demonstrate corporate responsibility and either remove this material from Barnes & Noble stores altogether or, at the very least, place it behind the counter or in a restricted area where minors can't access it.

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+JMJ+ said...

Thanks for posting this! I sent it to many.

Is no where safe?

frival said...

I just noticed when I was there recently that they had put the "Gay Interest" section right next to the "Christianity" and "Christian Inspiration" sections. Right at my son's eye level was a book entitled something like "My Life in Gay Porn". I was positively shocked, but this is apparently not something at which I should be surprised. *sigh*

cg said...

I think I'll raise the point the next time I stroll into the store. If people start of complain, they may rearrange the set up. Worth a try anyway.

cg said...

...and of course, let them know that the most appropriate place for the smut is--not in the store.

I'll pass the word around, too.

riggy said...

Hi, I just went to Barnes and Noble to look at comic books (I'm an art teacher) and art books and noticed that no less than 10 feet away from the comics were coffe table books with sexually explicit photos on the cover. They had moved the books on "sexuality" right next to the comics! It didn't occur to me to say anything but I will go there tomorrow and talk with the manager. This makes me so angry, I know a lot of people who have been ruined by addiction to pornography and it started when they were teens or younger. This store is socially irresponsible and will no longer get my money.