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.
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.