Why sell it? WHY publish it!? WHY WRITE IT AT ALL!?
Amazon.com Inc. is selling a self-published guide that offers advice to pedophiles, and that has generated outrage on the Internet and threats to boycott the retailer. The reason? Because refusal to list the item is ‘censorship’. Yes, You read that right. They are protecting the advocacy of pedophilia.
“They’re accusing me of wanting to hurt children. They’re accusing me of encouraging pedophilia and all these other things. But that’s not why I wrote the book,” the 47-year-old from Pueblo, Colo., said.
The book, which went on sale Oct. 28 and costs $4.79 to download, has sparked a wave of criticism online, with customers taking to Twitter and elsewhere to ask Amazon to remove the book from its online store and others calling for a total boycott of the company until it does.
I am seriously considering the permanent closure of my account and a-stores if Amazon fail to do the decent thing and remove this trash from its list. There is no excuse for the abuse of children sexual or otherwise. This is WHY we have the age of consent. No normal adult should ever feel sexual attraction toward a child, and should certainly not act upon it. With all the scandal we have seen within the catholic church covering for paedophiles, the last thing we should be enabling is anyone profiteering from a crime. It is bad enough that lawyers have made millions from the suffering of thousands, but this is beyond what any rational individual should tolerate. I have been busily sending out texts and emails to friends and family, alerting them to Amazon’s disgraceful business conduct, and asking them not to buy from Amazon (especially from any of our wish-lists) until the product has gone for good. Of course I respect, people’s right of purchasing choice but the point of the boycott is not to stifle our individual choices. It is to raise awareness and provide people with the facts so that they are ABLE to make ethical purchasing choices.
“Amazon believes it is censorship not to sell certain books simply because we or others believe their message is objectionable. Amazon does not support or promote hatred or criminal acts, however, we do support the right of every individual to make their own purchasing decisions,” the company said.
As a mother I am sickened by the profligate way they have shamelessly marketed this manual of child sex abuse. I, along with all reasonable adults, have a social duty to protect all children from people like the author. This duty includes the refusal to patronise establishments, or buy from companies which invest in, or sell, material such as this. Amazon issues guidelines banning certain materials, including those deemed offensive. However, the company doesn’t elaborate on what constitutes offensive content, saying simply that it is “probably what you would expect.” Amazon also doesn’t promise to remove or protect any one category of books.
“Christopher Finan, president of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression. He said that Amazon has the right under the First Amendment to sell any book that is not child pornography or legally obscene. Finan said Greaves’ book doesn’t amount to either because it does not include illustrations.”
Pardon? Illustrations, is all it takes to qualify as obscene? I will, for now, assume that Mr Finan does NOT have children of his own to worry about. Regardless of whether or not you do have children, it does not take a rocket scientist to read a description. It is bad enough that there are middle-aged men who find the idea of marrying children under the age of 10, based on the words of 1500 year old hate and misogyny filled drivel (Yes, the Qur’an), perfectly acceptable, but we certainly should not be producing or condoning a western version of our own.
“We actually think this is the right attitude. This book is hardly the only horrifying thing Amazon offers — there are plenty of books written by Holocaust deniers and other hate mongers available on the Kindle or in physical form. We see no reason for Amazon to have an editorial policy.”
So Business Insider support their decision. Holocaust denial might be disgusting as well as deluded, considering the vast body of evidence and eye-witness accounts, but we know they are wrong and THEY are not supporting the sexual abuse of minors who are not prepared to deal with sexual predators. Philip R. Greaves II, argues that pedophiles are misunderstood, as the word literally means to love a child. The author insists that it is only a crime to act on sexual impulses toward children, and offers advice that purportedly allows pedophiles to abide by the law. I love my son, more than life itself, but that does not mean I have inappropriate inclinations toward him. Pedophilia (or paedophilia) is a psychological disorder in which an adult or older adolescent experiences a sexual preference for prepubescent children (World Health Organization, Section F65.4:). What Mr Greaves is describing is something else altogether and anyone who has these ‘impulses’ should be avoiding ANY and ALL contact with children and seeking immediate psychiatric help. There is no excuse to peddle a book, moralising and rationalising this despicable act.
In the days since its launch, he said, he had sold just one copy.
“It hasn’t increased sales; it just has a lot of negative responses coming in,” he said.
This isn’t the first time Amazon has sold material that promotes illegal activity. It is currently accepting pre-orders for the hardcover version of “I Am the Market: How to Smuggle Cocaine by the Ton, in Five Easy Lessons” by Luca Rastello. In 2002, the United States Justice Foundation, a conservative group, threatened to sue Amazon for selling “Understanding Loved Boys and Boylovers.” That title is still available through Amazon. In 2009, Amazon stopped selling “RapeLay,” a first-person video game in which the protagonist stalks and then rapes a mother and her daughters, after it was widely condemned in the media and by various interest groups. When ‘free-speech’ is used to protect people and works such as these, it ceases being free-speech and becomes a joke, especially when those who decry the writer’s and seller’s actions as morally repugnant are merely dismissed as hysterical and reactionary.