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On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars

Publisher puts warning to parents on U.S. Constitution

A small publisher that specializes in reprinting classics believes the U.S. Constitution should come with a warning. Since 2008, Wilder Publishing has published this caution in its version of America’s founding document:

“This book is a product of its time and does not reflect the same values as it would if it were written today. Parents 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.”

The warning stirred up a firestorm of protest about a year ago on the Internet – with appalled readers calling for a boycott. The company maintained absolute silence – which it continues.


The company also offers the warning on its version of the Federalist Papers, Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, Teddy Roosevelt’s The Rough Riders and Benjamin Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Almanack.

The company sells the books on, which displays the front cover and page 3 with the controversial disclaimer – for which Wilder offers no apology … or comment.

The company’s website provides no  phone number or physical address. It is in the business of “publishing print-on-demand books (mostly self-help and public domain reprints).”


“Print-on-demand books” means that such companies run off their books one at a time whenever they get an order. Technology has revolutionized the publishing business these days. Whereas in years past, it was seldom economical to print fewer than 1,000 books, it’s now feasible to do books one at a time. Basically, the books run off on a high-tech computer printer that also prints an attractive color cover and even binds the book so that it looks like a regular paperback.

Amazon also offers Wilder’s electronic Kindle version of the books.

Although warning labels are usually posted to protect a company from potential lawsuits, constitutional attorney Noel Francisco says such a disclaimer has no legal benefit. Francisco says it is more likely to have the opposite effect: people refusing to buy a book because they are offended by the disclaimer.

“By putting on the warning,” said Francisco, “you’re making controversial something that’s not controversial.”

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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment truthislight

    Warning on the Consitution. I think we should put a warning lable on our government (at least that would make sense). We are becoming America, the home of the bumbling idiots.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Chuck

    Nothing wrong with that note at the front. It simply encourages parents to discuss the constitution (or the other works mentioned) with their children. Never a bad thing. And part of that discussion very logically should include a discussion of how things have changed, good and bad, since it was written.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Lynn Murrhee

    Yes, these books and the Constitution was written by our Founding Fathers, when everyone believed that we will equal. And We were FOUNDED AND BELIVED IN GOD THE FATHER. Maybe others who have come to our shores should look at what it means to be an AMERICAN and quit trying to change our Constitution to fit their needs.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Lori Jorstad

    I pray that we as a nation will come back to our roots…change is NOT always good. Our great nation was founded on God…I agree with Lynn Murrhee…STOP trying to change our constitution to suit your needs. We have no disipline anymore…as soon as we’re offended by something it’s suppose to be changed.Our fore fathers and ancestors made this the GREAT nation we have today.They died to keep us free and fought for the very rights we have. Stop being disrespectful and be honorable. I don’t always agree with everything in my life but changing the RULES doesn’t make it right.We must unite and stand by the founding fathers…PLEASE…let us show other nations just how great our country is…not how discontent and spoiled we are !!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Abambagibus

    The cosmically beneficent spirit of liberalism intractably opines that its home base, the US of A, is defective in the muck of its foundation, whose founding light has appropriately been darkened by the intelligent shadow of modernity. Any product appertaining to the apparent goodness of such a foundation must therefore be shadowed with the label of historical perversion. And conservative preservations to the contrary are to be countered by appeals to a truth whose intelligence is measured by the belief of the aforementioned spirit.
    Caveat emptor hoc dolo emptus. Ab Ambagibus.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Fred Sayin

    The author of this book is claiming he can frind out what other people believe. Don’t cheat answers at bottom.
    1. T or F There are more Protestants than Catholics in the USA.
    2 Fred believes both documents are just old pieces of paper and should be thrown in the trash.
    3. Without the Declaration first there would be no Constitution.
    4. Fred believes in abortion.
    5. Freedom of Worship and Freedom of Religion mean the same.
    6. Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts would be illegal under Freedom of Worship.

    Answers- Need 4 to pass
    1.T 2.F 3. T 4. F 5. F 6. T

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