"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." That's the official corporate stance on censorship listed on Amazon.com's website. However, the world's largest online book retailer waffled on Monday first pulling, then reinstating, then pulling again a controversial book on pedophilia that had become an overnight bestseller. Most would find the $4.97 USD book, The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure (link is likely broken), morally reprehensible. The book slipped by Amazon's watchful eye under its new self-publishing system. The book features disturbing details like how to make condoms from rubber gloves and poorly structured philosophical rants in defense of the abusive and illegal practice. When tech bloggers first took notice, the book was sitting in 158,221st place on Amazon.com's e-book sales list -- in other words it had sold virtually no copies. Despite its utter lack of sales many sites outraged called for a boycott of Amazon.com. Their campaign had quite the opposite effect, propelling the book upwards to eventually reach #65 on Amazon.com's best-selling list of e-books, with sales jumping an incredible (and disturbing) 101,000 percent. That led Amazon.com, after initially defending the book, to finally pull it late Monday for the first time. It appears that the book's brief reappearance may have been due to the site not having pulled the book properly from all of its many data centers. The book is the work of Phillip Greaves II, a 42-year-old unemployed manic-depressive who resides in Pueblo, Colo. Mr. Greaves claims the book is based on his childhood sexual experiences and that he is not a pedophile. Some of his contents indicate that he may have written the book as a publicity stunt. He told ABC News in an interview, "I can see where they would come to that kind of conclusion and to a certain extent I wanted that kind of notoriety to effect the book. ... I wanted it to effect sales." The decision to pull the book, no matter how disgusting it was, is a controversial one as it represents Amazon.com being forced to seemingly violate its own censorship code. Amazon.com currently publishes a number of other titles that seem to advocate or defend illegal, violent, and immoral acts. Among those is the $14.85 title I Am the Market: How to Smuggle Cocaine by the Ton, in Five Easy Lessons, penned by Luca Rastello a convicted drug smuggler. Another controversial work is Mein Kampf Adolf Hitler's book advocating racial murder and genocide, which is available for $2.99. The site has not yet released an official comment revealing why it pulled the book after initially defending it. A group on Facebook advocating a boycott of Amazon.com until it pulled the book is at 9,500+ "likes" as of Tuesday morning.
quote: Right. I seriously doubt Rush Limbaugh is a pedo.\
quote: Exactly. You don't even know who Greaves is.... Pathetic.
quote: 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.
quote: very good argument that social censorship (that which is done outside the realm of government) is just as, if not more, evil than government censorship
quote: Amazon is just a marketplace and can't screen the content of all the books they sell for objectionable material.
quote: Amazon should have the right to sell what ever it wants
quote: the author has a right to publish the book
quote: If we truly believe that the content of this book is detrimental to society then we don't buy it, don't give it publicity to heighten its profile, and let it fade in obscurity.
quote: I don't remember reading anywhere in the Bible that it's a sin to copulate with what is today considered a minor. I'm sure that Solomon had a few dozen wives/concubines whom we'd consider under age today.
quote: Exodus 21:20-21 And if a man smite his servant, or his maid, with a rod, and he die under his hand; he shall be surely punished. Notwithstanding, if he continue a day or two, he shall not be punished: for he is his money.
quote: the Bible discusses beating guidelines
quote: 21 but they are not to be punished if the slave recovers after a day or two, since the slave is their property.
quote: 21"If, however, he survives a day or two, no vengeance shall be taken; for he is his property.
quote: when the lines are so blurred that we are willingly buying and selling books that promote sexual abuse of children for the sake of freedom...scary.
quote: Moses was asked to build the ARK
quote: The only one that does is forgery by Ceasar(Josephus). (Secular history agrees with me)
quote: forgery by Ceasar(Josephus)
quote: neither one is real(David nor Jesus)
quote: Are you suggesting Tolkien was unable to distinguish myth from reality?
quote: The Bible is real, in part, because it claims to be real. ~ backs that claim. Greek mythology claims ... what? to be mythology.
quote: The God of Islam is not the same as the Christian God. Haven't seen too many Christians beheading reporters lately
quote: Because I make an absolute claim that Jesus is the Christ and the Son of God, does not make me a terrorist.
quote: The reality is, since woman is (also) made in the image of God ~~
quote: I can create my own religion & God and claim it so.
quote: Greek "mythology" was their religion and is the basis for Christianity.
quote: Both are single God mythologies that preach a loving God who still orders his believes to kill.
quote: Who is right, you or Muhammad that lives down the street from you?
quote: There are Christians out there that would love it to be law to kill Pagans.
quote: And uh, the USA invaded Iraq because of what.... oh yeah, fake intel.
quote: Theres more... but I think that's enough.
quote: I've investigated a lot of counter-claims and the preponderance of the evidence still weighs in favor of it, the Bible, being the truth.
quote: Look, if the Bible isn't true, if isn't real and it's all a hoax, let me out. I don't need any more battles to fight, as it were. I don't need it. I want the truth, and even then I don't want the truth except being prompted (graciously) by a 'higher authority'. The truth is defensible, it's a good friend, and everything else is just fake and worthless.
quote: The Bible is real, in part, because it claims to be real. Extra-Biblical historians, archaeology, etc., backs that claim. Greek mythology claims ... what? to be mythology.
quote: So is statement was in response to your quote as to what is real.
quote: that we can break some of this exclusive exposer.
quote: Second, that Psalm was by King David...which was a sinner. Just because it was written in the Bible, doesn't mean God approved, accepted or condoned that behavior.
quote: This is a new low even for you Mick
quote: This is a new low even for you Main stream media
quote: What about Westboro Baptist? Why is the liberal media so negative against them if they're anti-censorship?
quote: Why is he never supporting the KKK's right to sell books advising how best to lynch blacks for example?Can you point to any KKK books on Amazon Mick? Oh, I bet they're, wait for it, censored.What about Westboro Baptist? Why is the liberal media so negative against them if they're anti-censorship?And lets not forget Mick recently used the Left code word for censorship, "hate groups", in a post about facebook. proving again he supports censorship by the left.And why does Mick NEVER complain about Canadas left wing "hate speech" laws that punish even mild speaking against homosexuality?
quote: ...left wing causes like pedophilia?
quote: left wing causes like pedophilia?
quote: Remember the sting where the ACLU was caught giving advice on how to run an underage prostitution ring while avoiding paying tax on the income.
quote: ACLU does not defend paedophilia or child pornography. What they defend is freedom of assembly.
quote: something as worthwhile as liberalism
quote: Failure at it's finest