When I step into an LDS Church-owned Deseret Book store, I expect to find religious study aids and wholesome entertainment. Yet when I walk into my local Deseret Book or look on its Web site, I find that books by right-wing talk show pundits are actively promoted, but there is nothing to represent the other side of the political spectrum.
Not only are the promoted books by people on the right wing, but they are the most offensive of all the conservative propagandists on the air today. Daily they spew lies, half-truths, misrepresentations and hatred of all sorts.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints should not be soiling its good reputation by selling these books through its bookstores. Every election season, the LDS Church proclaims political neutrality, but the one-sided selling of such books only reinforces the misperception that it is a Republican church.
If Deseret Book can tell its customers to go shop elsewhere for Stephenie Meyer's Twilightbooks, surely it can do the same for books that are far more offensive and fictional.
Published in The Salt Lake Tribune, September 15, 2009
The thing is, if Deseret Book's customers (mostly LDS moms) would buy them, DB locations would stock books of a more liberal nature. And if LDS audiences would finally clue into the fact that Glenn Beck is an unbalanced, hateful douche, they'd stop stocking him.
New goal: Whenever I want a copy of a "liberal" book, like Lies (And The Lying Liars Who Lie Them): A Fair and Balanced Look At the Right by Al Franken, The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama, etc., I plan to buy it at one place and one place only: Deseret Book.