MORAL HIGH GROUND: It’s seems very unlikely that Amazon’s decision-makers would knowingly choose to carry products and materials which facilitate or provide instruction for illegal activities; it is more likely that these were “self-published” materials which do not generally require a review before acceptance into the online store. Whatever the case, Amazon is setting an Awesome Precedent , leading by example and putting the health and safety of children ahead of bottom-line profits.
DECISIVE ACTION: After initially defending its right to sell pro-pedophilia material from its online stores, Amazon decided to remove at least two of the items that were previously for sale: “The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child-Lover’s Code of Conduct” and “Understanding Loved Boys and Boylovers.”
CENSORSHIP ARGUMENT: The online mega-store originally defended its position by stating that it ”believes it is censorship not to sell certain books simply because we or others believe their message is objectionable,” and that “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.”
IN DEFENSE OF DECENCY: The pages that originally led to the material now return error messages.
S O C i A L L Y S P E A K I N G
The Blaze: “Pulling this book is not censorship. The author has the right to write his despicable book and Amazon, from a purely business standpoint, has the right to sell whatever they like, but just because you CAN doesn’t mean you SHOULD. From a moral high ground, and taking into consideration the criminality of the subject matter, Amazon is wrong to allow this self-published monstrosity to remain on their “shelves,” and by pulling it they are not censoring the author, they are just deciding as a free entity that they will not promote it or profit from it.” – Sobriquet
CNN: “I can totally relate. It has been about 40 years of suffering for me. Not a day goes by that leaves me with any sort of peace. I am too alive to be dead and too dead to be alive. Pedophilia tore my soul apart, my heart apart and my mind apart. I am and will always be scarred for life. I was just a small child. I did nothing wrong, yet I live with the torment of reliving the horror everyday. It is a curse no human being should have to endure, especially a child.” – maryjburns
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