Butz Book Banned in South Africa, Germany and Canada – The United States Next?

Published: 1984-10-01

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In the B'nai B'rith Messenger (June 1984) there is a story headed: "Canada bans Revisionist Writings."

"The Canadian government has banned the importation of a book, The Hoax of the Twentieth Century, by Arthur Butz, it was reported by the League of Human Rights of B'nai B'rith…

League officials said that the League had asked the government last March to ban the importation of the book. They said that in April, the League received a letter from Revenue Canada that the book had been banned under a provision of the Customs Tariff Act which prohibits importation of material 'of an immoral or indecent character.'"

It must be understood here that what is being called immoral and indecent is a historical perspective that does not agree with that of the Canadian branch of the Anti-Defamation League. Do you wonder how such an event could come to pass?

When Elie Wiesel gave his famous lecture at Northwesten University, he described Butz, without once addressing the content of Butz's book, as "insensitive and deranged… heinous… vicious… ugly… inhuman… morally deranged… obscene" and so on. (See: Dimensions of the Holocaust, Northwestern U., 1977, pp. 5-19. Distributed by the Anti-Defamation League, expressly to defame Butz.)

After hundreds of such lectures as Wiesels,' hundreds of such books, press releases, articles and news stories repeating over and over again: Obscene, obscene, obscene – with never a publisher, never an editor or reporter attempting to substantiate any charge or claim, this is what we end up with. One more government banning a scholarly historical study because it is "immoral" and "indecent."

The Butz book is not banned in the United States, it is simply suppressed through the collusion of Holocaust cultists demanding that the press accept no advertisements for "revisionist" studies, and press management supinely acquiescing to those demands. The question for journalists to pose to press management and cultists alike is this one:

"What is it precisely that everyone is so afraid of? What is it?"

Here in Los Angeles, meanwhile, the Herald Examiner recently published an editorial (14 August 1984) wherein it bravely defends the right of free speech against the plan of a city councilman and some women's groups to adopt a law allowing women to sue pornographers for violating their civil rights. The editorial reads in part:

"… we deny that one person may infringe on another's First Amendment rights simply because she (or he) dislikes something that has been written,… printed or produced… The Bill of Rights makes no exception for bad taste…

Smut peddlers must enjoy the same freedom as Noble Prize winners."

Prima Facie agrees with the courageous Los Angeles Herald Examiner. So, whereas it is agreed among Holocaust cultists that Butz's Hoax of the Twentieth Century is indecent and obscene, and whereas the Herald Examiner regularly runs advertisements for dirty movies, the paper should have no objection to publishing advertisements for the Butz book.

To that point, I am making myself the local agent representing Butz's Hoax, and I will submit my display ad to the Herald Examiner as soon as possible. In the unlikely event that the courageous daily refuses the ad on some grounds other than obscenity, I will ask that those grounds be explained to me, and report to you next month what I am told they are.

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Author(s): Bradley R. Smith
Title: Butz Book Banned in South Africa, Germany and Canada – The United States Next?
Sources: Prima Facie, no. 1, October 1984, p. 8
Published: 1984-10-01
First posted on CODOH: July 7, 2012, 7 p.m.
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