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    Publishing Company Under Fire for Putting Warning Label on Constitution
    By Diane Macedo

    Published June 09, 2010
    | FOXNews.com

    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is under fire after putting warning labels on copies of the U.S. Constitution, Declaration of Independence and other historical documents.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.

    "By putting on the warning, you’re making controversial something that’s not controversial: our Constitution, our Declaration of Independence," he said.

    Amazon customers appear to agree. Almost all of the reviews discussing the disclaimer end with the same thought: don't buy from this publisher.
    Now where would this end, exactly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    Now where would this end, exactly?

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    I would say with a Bible that had all gender references removed, but they've already done that. :D

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    Whata bunch of crack smoking hippies!
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    Offend? Really? What's offensive is the stance these people are taking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by warpig View Post
    Offend? Really? What's offensive is the stance these people are taking.
    You're okay with a warning label on the constitution?
    Stand up for what is right, even if you have to stand alone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoliCon View Post
    You're okay with a warning label on the constitution?
    He was being sarcastic. Have you read any of his posts? :p
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    He was being sarcastic. Have you read any of his posts? :p
    If he's being sarcastic - someone should introduce him to the [/sarcasm] tag
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoliCon View Post
    If he's being sarcastic - someone should introduce him to the [/sarcasm] tag
    I didn't have any problems decoding it. ;)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    I didn't have any problems decoding it. ;)
    I don't trust noobs. Need I remind you about noobs who pretended to be conservatives that ended up being liars?
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoliCon View Post
    I don't trust noobs. Need I remind you about noobs who pretended to be conservatives that ended up being liars?
    No, you don't. However, I'm okay with taking a 'handsome is as handsome does" approach. :p
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