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>Kathy Griffin Isn’t the Only One to Drag Jesus into It

>And at least she was funny. Last month, we got a letter from a woman who decided she wanted to cancel her subscription to the Magazine because of Patty Campbell’s report on the word fuck, Susan Patron’s account of the little scrotum that could (and did) and our then upcoming special issue on gender, the one you, ahrmmm, should be holding in your hands. Fine. Let her go join those subscribers who left when I presumed to give some advice to the First Lady. (Incidentally, young Jenna’s book has some good things going for it; see my review in our November issue.)

But then. But. Then. We sent this disgruntled former subscriber a refund for the balance of her subscription, and apparently we mistakenly mailed her two checks or something, and Margaret, our business manager, asked her to send one back. All she had to do was stick it in an envelope or, hell, say “Suck it, Horn Book,” and cash it but NOOOOOO. “I received your message on Wednesday and am happy to return the check that was written in error. As a follower of Jesus Christ, I cannot take from Horn Book what is not due me. It would not be honoring to my savior, and so here is the check.”

I think I’ll use it to buy her a Mass.

Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. Andy Laties says:

    >Take THAT, Roger. And THAT! And THAT! Now, are you STILL proud of yourself for publishing those nasty articles? Well, take THAT!!

  2. >How about sending her a nice thank you note for returning the check and adding, just under your signature, “Matt. 6:1-6”


  3. >All right, yes, she sounds as though she might have the letter more than the spirt of the thing. But… eh… does this really warrant a public airing? I feel a little like this post is trying to goad readers into coming out and making fun of the annoying kid in the class, you know?

  4. >I can’t wait for the Jenna Bush Book! Oh, and she has another- With her Mother- Coming in The Spring! God Bless Harpercollins!
    (And the Horn Book,too)

  5. >I must agree with anonymous number 3, and wonder, would you have posted this if the subscriber had been Hindu? Buddhist? Muslim? Jewish? Or do those religions warrant more consideration?


  6. Roger Sutton says:

    >This post may be intemperate (like that’s never happened before) but my irritation came not from the fact that the subscriber was a Christian (as am I) but from her completely gratuitous mention of that fact. Had we published something that she objected to on religious grounds that would have made sense, but, as it was, she was implying that any Horn Book discussion of scrotums or sexuality or censorship were an attack on her religion, which they aren’t. I was also bothered by the arrogance of her assumption of the moral high ground, that a Christian would of course do the right thing in returning the money, as if a Jew or Muslim or Buddhist wouldn’t. Similar moral preening on the part of any of the latter would be met by me with the same attitude.

  7. >Well, I have been hearing the praises of this publication, and upon the recommendation of my fabulous local librarian, I logged on to check you guys out. She couldn’t say enough about the quality of the articles, and the professionalism she appreciated therin.

    I must say this blog post came as a bit of a shock.

    I guess I will simply read the periodical at the library instead. This blog is a little too personal for me. I guess that is what blogs are, anyway.

    Megan Krejci

  8. >Mr. Sutton, I see your point about the moral high ground. Thank you for the clarification. One of the reasons I enjoy this blog is that you are always willing to explain.

    But you are wrong about Kathy Griffith. She is never funny.


  9. Roger Sutton says:

    >I go back and forth on KG. Gotta be in the right mood.

  10. >I think she was simply admitting that without Christianity, she wouldn’t be able to perform the simple acts of basic decency that some of us manage to do without reference to religion. I admire her humility.

  11. >Your incessant ridiculing of Christians grows old. Can your satisfy this hunger of yours by publicly badgering someone else for a while? Cat lovers? Left-handed people?

  12. >Also, note that the sinistrals get plenty of grief already.

  13. Roger Sutton says:

    >I am a left-handed Christian so please don’t make me start with the self-hate! Cats, however . . . but yes, let’s move on.

  14. >The utter humorlessness of the “religious” folk is what always gets to me. I bet Jesus was a lot more fun to hang with.

  15. >Me too! I’ll take water into wine any day! Man, I really do love that guy.

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