Amazon is Right

by Greg on November 11, 2010

Freedom of speech is important.

But that’s where the validity of their argument ends.

For those unaware of the story, allow me to briefly explain so that you can be in an equally incensed frame of mind.

Some sleazy scumbaggy excuse for a human being wrote a book entitled, “The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child-lover’s Code of Conduct”, and began marketing it on Amazon.com. When the online giant initially defended the presence of such a book on their network, this drew ire from, well, the world.

The book reportedly provided tips and insight for people interested in “amorous” (for lack of a more disgusting phrase) liaisons with children. The book’s author, who should be strung up by his misguided testes, defended the book saying that it carries with it a code of ethics for his pedophilia brethren.

“Penetration is out. You can’t do that with a child, but kissing and fondling I don’t think is that big of a problem,” he said. He went on to say, “True pedophiles love children and would never hurt them.”

Well, I have news for you, a$$hole (yeah, my first vulgarity, nothing else fits), there is more to “hurt” than physical pain. How about a lifetime of questions? Of feeling disgust? Of being afraid of intimacy? Of losing faith in humanity? What about the emotional pain brought on by the completely inappropriate touch of a person in a position of trust? Or, no worse, a stranger?

In the absurd product description, the author described the book as an attempt to make pedophile situations safer for the juveniles that find themselves involved in them, by establishing “rules” for adults to follow. Not that it needs to be said, but the juveniles who “find themselves involved” in these situations are downright petrified. No code of pedophilia ethics will comfort them.

He went on to say, “I hope to achieve this by appealing to the better nature of pedosexuals, with hope that their doing so will result in less hatred and perhaps lighter sentences should they ever be caught.”

Dream on, parasite.

When confronted with the demand for the removal of the book, Amazon said all the right flowery things about freedom of speech, America, and censorship. I get all that. But this isn’t a book extolling the virtues of Islam, defending homosexuality, or sharing opinions on why Christianity should be abolished. This a book that encourages and facilitates illegal behaviors that would cause irreparable harm to children on a global scale.

When a book of this nature is marketed on a platform like Amazon.com, it’s almost given a sense of legitimacy. Amazon.com sells everything from books to toasters. It’s an online powerhouse. To have an essential “Idiot’s Guide to Pedophilia” marketed under their flag creates a dangerous situation.

I’m familiar enough with online commerce to know that this blight on society wouldn’t have been given a merchant account to peddle this book on his own. ClickBank and other payment processing destinations for self-publishers wouldn’t have allowed him to sell such an item on their networks. Nor eBay.

So why did Amazon? I have to believe this book would have remained in the tepid depths of a hell-bound underground society had Amazon.com not provided the conduit to the mainstream marketplace.

I also think it’s pathetic that they hid behind a patriotic call to protect the 1st Amendment when asked to defend the existence of the book on their site.

The Freedom of Speech is a treasured and protected right in our country, but when this “free speech” crosses the line of legality, it needs to be silenced. If terrorists can be arrested and jailed for disseminating information on everything from creating a bomb to planning an attack, then why shouldn’t a sick and twisted admitted pedophile be stopped? Why should he be allowed to publish a “tips” guide and then profit from the impending illegal and morally reprehensible acts it inspires?

There’s more to this issue than censorship. There’s corporate morality, corporate ethics, and corporate responsibility at play. This kind of filth is not what our forefathers had in mind when weaving the very fabric of our country.

Amazon.com isn’t the last bastion of freedom here. It’s a corporation. A profit-seeking corporation. They have no obligation to protect the rights of the morally and legally corrupt. But they do have an obligation to protect the very public they serve and the children to whom they market books, toys, and games.

Companies make decisions every day about what they are and aren’t going to sell, and if Amazon.com were to pull this book purely from of a corporate stance, who would complain? The author? Other pedophiles? Who cares! Do you think for one minute the government or some private organization is going to protest the removal of this book in defense of the virtues and interpretation of the 1st Amendment?

Perhaps Veterans Day is the perfect day for Amazon.com to take notice. For the right to publish books that educates others on how to harm, molest, and exploit children is not what our brave men and women are fighting for. It’s not why millions of courageous men and women sacrificed their lives in the pursuit and protection of our freedom.

I’m told the book has recently been removed by Amazon.com but it shouldn’t end there. Amazon.com should withhold any fees, as per their policies, and provide a generous donation to the Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

Damage has been done and I am absolutely certain that a number of children are now at risk as pedophiles peruse and absorb the pages of his book. It frightens me that someone had the desire to write this. It frightens me more that he felt he was doing a service to society. And it absolutely terrifies me that people not only bought it, but learned from it.

Amazon, I’m thrilled that you pulled the item, but devastated that it took so long for the decision to wind through your legal channels. Had I been an Amazon.com employee with the power to delete the book from your inventory of available titles, I would have done so. Had I been fired for the act, I would have exited with my head held high, knowing I had acted in the best interest of innocent children, and not the bottom line.

Do the right thing.

Just pulling the book isn’t enough at this point.


Update: What now?
– I’m now told that Amazon hasn’t officially removed it from sale…only pulled it for a re-review. If they allow this to be sold then I’m done with them and any subsidiary, sponsor, or co-marketing partner. What kind of person would be able to review that book and approve it? They have the right to reject products. They are a corporation, not the sponsors of our Constitution. We’ll see if they side with children or profits soon enough.

– Check out http://www.milehimama.com/2010/11/10/amazon-fail/
Great post, awesome resources, and she keeps it updated.

http://www.jessicagottlieb.com/2010/11/amazonfail-and-the-sale-of-pedophilia-guidebooks/
Jessica rocks and she has a few short but powerful posts on the topic. I’m probably too verbose to a fault. 🙂

– Read this post about Amazon pulling down the book. Too late, but still, let’s hope it’s the beginning of their apology.

– Visit PhD in Parenting as she also has a very well written post and opinion on the topic.

Awesome article by Style Inc. on the subject – I wish I’d written every word. 🙂

A look at how Amazon.com is selective when it comes to their staunch opposition to censorship and their commitment to the protection of the 1st Amendment. Which is it, Amazon? A must-read. Big thanks to @MedaBlog for the above two links.

– Support the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
I’m hoping Amazon.com does the same. It’s the absolute least they can do after exposing countless children to the teachings of this miscreant.

– Tweet, share, and embrace the call for Amazon to act responsibly and do what they can to reverse the damage. If not for PR reasons, then for decency.

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Rachel November 11, 2010 at 5:21 am

Well said. I read another article yesterday that quoted the book as offering things to use instead of condoms to fit those under 13 years old but still protect them from STD's.

My question, if this book was not about penetration or intercourse, why the need for makeshift condoms for children?

Everything about this makes me sick to my stomach. And while removing the book was a step in the right direction, it is not enough!

Lisa @ Crazy Adventu November 11, 2010 at 5:25 am

A-f@cking-men

Rachel November 11, 2010 at 5:32 am

EXACTLY — just pulling the book (after nearly 24 hours of claiming "freedom of speech") isn't enough. Amazon needs to acknowledge THEY were in the wrong … wrong for allowing it to be disseminated through their site … wrong from not pulling it after the first complaint … wrong for not recognizing their is a "line" and they crossed it.

I read many posts about this — including Jessica Gottleib's and that of a blogger who PURCHASED the book to verify if it really was a "how to" or not.

Each time, I've been left sickened by the fact that this really did happen. This man really wrote a "How-To" manual — in all it's sickening, gut-wrenching, depraved 'glory.'

I hope the FBI is on this guy — there is NO way to written such a book without having committed the acts described in it.

As for me and Amazon — I'm still not planning on using it for any shopping. I will not support this company, even though they "pulled it," until they have issued a formal apology and done something more to "make up" for this sick line they crossed.

My Christmas shopping will be a "buy local/buy from artisans/make it myself" kind of year.

Mr. Blonde November 11, 2010 at 5:33 am

You said it all, Greg. I have nothing to add. Thanks for writing this.

Kim @ What's Th November 11, 2010 at 5:37 am

I couldn't have said it better myself.

Hanan November 11, 2010 at 5:41 am

I couldn't agree more!

karen November 11, 2010 at 5:46 am

I just recently became aware of this situation and can't believe a publisher even published such a thing. Never mind that Amazon had the nerve to market it. I wrote a novel and can't even get anyone to read it. What do I have to do? Write a book about women pedophiles?

William November 11, 2010 at 5:47 am

Freedom of speech means that people can speak out against the government. They are free to express themselves with out the government interfereing. However, yelling fire in a crowded theater is against the law. So should a book promoting something that is illegal.

Milehimama November 11, 2010 at 6:14 am

I don't think Amazon handled this well, including the removal of the book. I've contacted Amazon several times by phone and by email today asking for an official statement, a written position, and asking if the book removal is permanent or temporary.

The customer service people didn't know (no one had informed them they took the book down) and PR hasn't gotten back to me yet. They pulled the listing without a word – no apology, no explanation of why they changed their position, and are still treating their customers so disrespectfully by acting like this never happened.

Annie @ PhD in Paren November 11, 2010 at 6:21 am

Great post Greg.

Sarah November 11, 2010 at 6:41 am

I agree with every single thing you wrote in this post. It could not have been said better. I hope Amazon realizes what they have done.

Lou Lange November 11, 2010 at 6:41 am

Read your post via a tweet from momdot.com…

I do applaud Amazon's action in pulling this point, but the question we all need to ask is – Who's next? Are people now going to scour Amazon and other web site to find material they find offensive?

My hope is that my fear will be unfounded, but I can see this turning into a "cyber-book burning" situation in a short period of time.

Telling Dad November 11, 2010 at 6:45 am

Lou, this isn't about book burning due to philosophical differences or countering opinions on politics, sexuality, or religion. This is plain illegal. So, you know what? I actually DO hope people scour Amazon and other websites for illegal materials. Offensive is one thing, but supporting, teaching, and advocating child molestation isn't as simple as a difference in beliefs. I can handle being offended by someone's stance. What I can't handle are guides on how to perform unspeakably heinous illegal acts on the innocent.

Heather November 11, 2010 at 6:51 am

I'm so glad they pulled this trash down, I'm debating on pulling their advertising from my blog… I'm going to give them a little time to sort this out… but if there isn't some formal apology I'm done with them too! This has been a major step in the wrong direction.

So you know… I think amazon publishes any e-book submitted to them without prejudice and without moderation, you could probably write an e-book "A guide for dummies: How to hack amazon" and it would take them forever to even notice it. (I'm 95% sure that this is the case, I don't remember where I got this information prior to this "mishap")

The author should be thrown under the jail, and the people who bought the book put on a watch list, and I agree amazon should withhold ALL earnings of any type that came from this book sales, and should make a donation to the center for missing and exploited children, or another fine organization that deals with helping children who were/are abused.

This is terrible and I can't believe they ever even tried to take a stand on freedom of speech over this book. Corporate greed? I dunno but if there was ever anything I'd want to take a stand on and say NO! Freedom of speech we should allow this to be published… this is DEFINITELY NOT it.

Momma Cupcake November 11, 2010 at 6:52 am

Greg..thank you from not only the bottom of my heart but my whole heart. I am one of those victims. I was shaking and crying I was so upset. So thank you from those who didn't have a voice…from those not protected…from those who still can't speak about it. The agony never goes away…it stays with you forever.

Big hugs for you my friend.

Sky November 11, 2010 at 7:13 am

As a librarian, I fight for books every single day, this one however, crossed the line. Amazon should have had the balls to pull the book immediately, they didn't. Epic fail.

I buy a lot on Amazon.com, college textbooks, 98% of Christmas presents, and tons of crap throughout the year. Now, I'm done with them. I don't care that they pulled the book now, too little – too late.

Goes to show, Amazon doesn't care about children, they don't care about parents protecting their children. Freedom of Speech? Their full of crap. They will never get another dollar of mine.

Nina@ the one fantas November 11, 2010 at 7:15 am

how you keep such a calm head is beyond me. thank you for writing this, it needed to be said.

Jennifer November 11, 2010 at 7:30 am

This sickens me to the core. You made a very good comparison to terrorist publishing instructions to make a bomb. My husband didn't spend two years deployed to protect someone's right to publish bomb making instructions and he certainly did not do it to protect this garbage either.

I hope this shines a light on this idiot's admitted pedophilia and the police do so more investigation.

I'm really disappointed in the lack of responsibility and common sense from Amazon.com. I understand economic times are tough and every dollar counts but come on! This is one dollar they should have passed on.

Sheri November 11, 2010 at 7:33 am

Thank you for writing this Greg. Very well worded.

Mary November 11, 2010 at 7:42 am

This makes me sick to my stomach. Has anyone thought to question the author? I mean — usually an "expert" on a subject writes a book. This guy is obviously a pedophile. Why are the authorities not all over this? Why is this not front page news? Ugh.

Lisa from Life with November 11, 2010 at 7:49 am

i couldn't have said it better myself! the thought disgusts me and the fact that the book got published is totally beyond me!

Shop with Me Mama November 11, 2010 at 7:50 am

I was absolutely SICKENED when I saw that "book" on sale. What the hell was Amazon thinking when they allowed such filth and crap like that on their site? I will forever feel differently about Amazon. As for the piece of $hit that wrote that "book"? You are disgusting and need your nether regions CHOPPED OFF. End of story…

Shop with Me Mama November 11, 2010 at 7:51 am

Also wanted to say GREAT post Greg 🙂

Larissa November 11, 2010 at 8:11 am

Great post, just reading about the book makes me sick.

Tanya Dennis November 11, 2010 at 9:06 am

I don't even know where to start with a comment. I have been completely incensed since hearing of this "book"s publication. It's sick, to say the least. I agree with all you've said here. Something, though, that few seem to notice is the contradictory purpose of this book. It's a criminal suggesting that if criminals like him only had a "code of ethics" to follow, they could injure fewer with their crimes. Don't they already have a code of ethics to follow? They're called LAWS. If these men can't follow the stated laws, what makes this guy think they'll follow his little code of ethics? This just shows how mentally warped these people are.

The worst part of all this: I bet the guy made a fortune with all the publicity this caused. God save us all!

wheels209 November 11, 2010 at 9:27 am

Hi Greg,

Amazon has dropped the ball many times but this is unforgivable. I completely agree with you. In fact this is one of the best post you have ever written. I am proud to call you a friend. Give my best to Heather.

Take care,

wheels209

Nichol November 11, 2010 at 9:29 am

I'm so behind on all this but this is sickening…I can't add anything yousaid it all.

Alison November 11, 2010 at 9:55 am

I totally agree with everything that you have said. It pretty much disgusts me that Amazon let that go through!

Greta November 11, 2010 at 9:56 am

Everyone should know that Amazon has pulled it down temporarily to do a "re-review." I believe in freedom of speech, and sure they can offer the book for sale, but I have the freedom to never shop there again, and I have shopped there A LOT.

If they do start selling the book again, I think that we should all side with the children who these people will use this book with. It's sad that we even have to be talking about this. First amendment doesn't mean you can't have morals.

Telling Dad November 11, 2010 at 10:01 am

Greta, I agree wholeheartedly. If they allow this to be sold after their "re-review", I'm done with them, and there are plenty of merchants willing to take their place.

Sisterlisa November 11, 2010 at 10:03 am

I recently discovered a company that gives a portion of all their proceeds to help exploited children. They have an affiliate program for bloggers. TavernDirect.com Perhaps helping to motivate people to support companies like this will help. And their product is awesome.

Mandy November 11, 2010 at 12:04 pm

I am all for free speech, but I also believe that common decency HAS to come into play at some point. A book on how to molest and prey on innocent children most certainly does NOT fall under free speech and anyone (or company) that can sleep comfortably at night knowing they contribute to perpetuating this is just disgusting.

Marcelo Gonzales November 11, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Only people of a sick mind will ever write something sick. They only think of themselves and will hide under the guise of anything like what you call "freedom of speech and expression" just so to justify themselves. Anyone who condones the same is also sick and think of their own profit. They do not think of others and have no regard of God nor their conscience.

It doesn't mean that since you have the freedom of speech that you can say anything to anyone even to the detriment of what you say to other people.

James Poling November 11, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Thanks for the link to my post. It was great to see how so many people coming together were able to make a difference in one day.

one cluttered brain November 11, 2010 at 6:36 pm

Thank you for writing this! Right on.

Geez. Some people.

Jack November 12, 2010 at 7:24 am

There is no excuse for this- none.

Melinda November 12, 2010 at 10:56 am

I too was disgusted that they allowed it to be for sale in the first place. I have been a loyal customer for years and will never purchase from them again. I'm cancelling my affiliate account and taking down all the links this weekend. First and foremost should be corporate values and ethics. No one is forcing them to sell the book and they make plenty of $ without selling this type of garbage.

Vanessa @ Boat Lette November 12, 2010 at 11:11 am

Nice. Thank You for posting article like this.

Heather November 15, 2010 at 8:06 am

Yeah, I just wrote about this earlier. I still can't really see spending money there. It's really just terrible that they would defend such lecherous ramblings.

Kimberly Kinrade November 17, 2010 at 6:19 pm

COULD NOT agree with you more.

Check out my efforts, including a filed report with the FBI
http://bit.ly/dxnbci "A Pedophile's Guide to…WTF?"
http://bit.ly/bc9JYu "The Power of the Tweeple"

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