For all the attention of the loonies on all sides

Justifying the title of his new book, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ, the author Philip Pullman rams into the “ban wagon”:

“No one has the right to live without being shocked.

“No one has the right to spend their lives without being offended.

“Nobody has to read this book. Nobody has to pick it up. Nobody has to open it. If they have to open it and read it, they don’t have to like it. And if you read it and dislike it, you don’t have to remain silent about it. You can write to me, you can write to the publisher, you can write to the papers, you can write your own book, you can do all those things but there your rights stop.

“No one has the right to stop the writing of this book. No one has the right to stop it being published, sold or bought or read.”

Link via T.A. Abhinandan/ Nanopolitan