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It's the fact that one complaint can make a book unavailable for thousands of people that she objects to - the "heckler's vote" where one person makes so much noise that no-one else can hear. I can't stand the idea of poisoning children against modern civilisation.
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Educationalists and librarians are expecting a much more muted reaction when the book is published in the UK later this year. He is dismayed to hear that groups such as the Christian Institute and the Muslim Council of Britain have already spoken out against a research project to develop resources for primary schools to address issues of sexual equality, No Outsiders, which has been using And Tango Makes Three. However, Elizabeth Atkinson, one of the leaders of the No Outsiders project, believes there is "no need to focus" on the negative reception the book has received from some quarters.
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The reaction she's witnessed to the book has been universally positive. Even when local newspapers took copies of the book onto the street to try to find objectors, she says, people asked, "What's the problem with this? The children's author Melvin Burgess agrees that the media debate is being shaped by a "vocal minority who don't have a lot of actual clout. The media have a difficulty in reporting this stuff," he says.
There must be a cupboard full of [such groups] at the BBC - you never hear of them beyond the media debate. Although a media storm is a "slightly double-edged thing, because the publishers might be almost kind of keen on it," Burgess believes it's time to move on from these phoney debates.
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He wasn't expecting a negative reaction on anything like the scale that has happened in the US. With sales boosted after each challenge, however, he's confident the book will continue to find an audience on its merits. Despite a number of written personal attacks against the authors, Parnell and Richardson say they have enjoyed the process. They have no plans to write a sequel.
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