Lego bible too racy for Sam's Club
By DANIEL TERDIMAN - CNET
Added: Sun, 27 Nov 2011 20:22:20 UTC
Through his hit Web site and three popular books, Smith has spread the gospel of "The Brick Testament." But now, because of what it says are concerns about "mature content," Sam's Club, one of the nation's largest retailers, has banned in-store sales of the fourth book in the series, "The Brick Bible."
On his Web site, Smith's Brick Testament contains a series of interpretations of sexually suggestive passages of the Bible, but in the latest book version, those sections were removed.
"I have just been informed that Sam's Club is pulling 'The Brick Bible' from the shelves of all of their retail locations nationwide due to the complaints of a handful of people that it is vulgar and violent," Smith wrote on his Facebook page on Monday. "This despite the book containing only straightforward illustrations of Bible stories using direct quotes from scripture."
In response to a request for comment from CNET, a Sam's Club spokesperson said, "We offered the print version only of 'The Brick Bible' in our clubs....Sam's Club received numerous concerns from our members and parents about the mature content in what is perceived as a children's book. Accordingly, Sam's Club made a business decision to discontinue sales." The company also responded to a series of pro-"Brick Bible" posts on its own Facebook page with similar language.
In an e-mail interview, Smith said that he had found out about the Sam's Club ban from his publisher who told him that, essentially, "the book was pulled after an unspecified small number of complaints had been made by Sam's Club customers that the book is vulgar and violent, and that the author is an atheist."
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