Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Amazon and Pedophilia

My father once told me that I was "the biggest crusader since Eisenhower," and I guess there's some truth to that. The number of issues which have led me to crusade is small, but I have conducted the crusades wholeheartedly.

On occasion this has led to bigger and better things and on occasion my punishment has been severe and enduring, but we are who we are and if examination seems to show that change would be for the worse then I guess we're stuck with ourselves.

Most of you - not that there are hordes of you - have not known that among my various endeavors I sell books and other items on Amazon.

My first crusade since 1991 has arrived, and the message is this: boycott Amazon.com.

Why? Amazon is hosting the sale of a Kindle book, "The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure," about which the author writes:

This is my attempt to make pedophile situations safer for those juveniles that find themselves involved in them, by establishing certian (sic) rules for these adults to follow. 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 liter (sic) sentences should they ever be caught.
Of all possible crimes, child molestation must be one of the lowest, and a site that assists in the propagation of "rules" for pedophilia and lobbying for lighter sentences for convicted pedophiles is not a site for me.

I have this evening contacted Amazon with the following written message:
On your site I am seller mostly-oldstuff. I am writing to inform you that I have changed my status to "on vacation" while I await your action regarding the Kindle book "The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure."

My intention is to wait for some short period of time, certainly less than a month, and if I find that you are still making this book available then you and I will be quits. This applies to both selling and buying.

No response is required. If you feel compelled to respond then please do not insult me with "freedom of speech" claims. That concept is what allows the author to publish and sell his material but does not require any of us to sell or buy it.

Cordially,
To my readers I would say only the trite but appropriate "Let your conscience be your guide." Amazon has many competitors.

4 comments:

Lorraine said...

So tell me why wasn't the author of the book arrested? Yes Amazon should be fined also! If it's a crime to be a pedophile it's a crime to learn how to be a "better" one.

BrokenDownProgrammer said...

Hi Lorraine,

Well, I'm afraid it's not illegal. Not many topics come under that category. People have even published instructions for making an atomic bomb.

The issue with Amazon was not about legality, but about morality.

Apparently enough buyers and sellers put Amazon on notice that it caused the book to be pulled.

One for our side.

Lorraine said...

But making a bomb and molesting children are two different things! Owning child pornography is also illegal and morally wrong! Instructions in child porn are the same morally wrong thing. That author should be investigated to see what he has stored away on his computer and bookcases. he belongs in the same prison for life as all other pedophiles.

BrokenDownProgrammer said...

Alas, it's an abuse of the right to freedom of speech.

Yes, making a bomb and molesting a child are two different things, but talking - or in this case writing - about such matters, is yet a third thing, and not prosecutable except by public disapproval.