Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers. ~Charles W. Eliot

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Outraged at Amazon

Have you heard this - The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child-lover's Code of Conduct by Philip R. Greaves II, which offers advice to pedophiles, is available on Amazon for the Kindle? Wait, there's more. Amazon issued the following statement: "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." Who fell asleep at the wheel?! How can anybody have been comfortable crossing this line? For Amazon to fall on the "censorship" argument here is a travesty. Refusal to offer something for sale is NOT censorship - it's a moral business decision! Booksellers have the right to choose which books they are willing to sell! Save the censorship argument for the amazing children's books (those that push the envelope and help real kids deal with real issues) that misguided folks feel compelled to pull off shelves because of bad language or harsh subject matter. Doesn't selling this book make Amazon an accessory to criminal behavior? A person may not financially profit from their criminal act and it seems safe to assume that the author of the piece of trash at the core of this controversy is a pedophile; ergo, by making the book available for purchase, Amazon is making the attainment of profit possible and, as such, is an accessory. Amazon must also get a percentage of the profits from sales of the book, which would mean that the accessory is also financially profiting from the crime. Unbelievable! This is facilitation of a crime - this has nothing to do with banned books or purchasing decisions. I wonder what my author and publisher friends think of all this. Consider the following books that have been banned in parts of this country over the years that truly deserve attention and protection from censorship:



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