Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Most writers ardently oppose censorship, and are defenders of the U. S. Constitution's First Amendment, which allows for free speech.

However, should there be exceptions? For instance, should there be a ban on books which promote pedophillia? According to Amazon -- the Internet's largest book retailer -- the answer is a resounding NO! Read the AP article below, and let's see what YOU think!

(and thanks to FB Friend, Angela Nicky Wright for bringing this subject to my attention!)

NEW YORK -- is selling a self-published guide that offers advice to pedophiles, and that has generated outrage on the Internet and threats to boycott the retailer.

The availability of "The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child-lover's Code of Conduct" calls into question whether Amazon has any procedures -- or even an obligation -- to vet books before they are sold in its online stores. Amazon did not respond to multiple e-mail and phone messages.

The title is an electronic book available for Amazon's Kindle e-reader and the company's software for reading Kindle books on mobile phones and computers. Amazon allows authors to submit their works and shares revenue with them.

Amazon issues guidelines banning certain materials, including those deemed offensive. However, the company doesn't elaborate on what constitutes offensive content, saying simply that it is "probably what you would expect." Amazon also doesn't promise to remove or protect any one category of books.

The author of "The Pedophile's Guide," listed as Philip R. Greaves II, argues that pedophiles are misunderstood, as the word literally means to love a child. The author adds that it is only a crime to act on sexual impulses toward children, and offers advice that purportedly allows pedophiles to abide by the law.

Many users on Twitter called on Amazon to pull the book, and a few threatened to boycott the retailer until it does.

Child online safety advocacy group Enough is Enough says that Amazon should remove it. It says selling the book lends the impression that child abuse is normal.

Christopher Finan, president of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, said that Amazon has the right under the First Amendment to sell any book that is not child pornography or legally obscene.

End of AP story . . .

But here's how the author of the book, Peter R. Greaves 2nd, describes the book on the Amazon page.

"This is my attempt to make pedophile situations safer for those juveniles that find themselves involved in them, by establishing certian 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 sentences should they ever be caught. "

By the way . . . the misspellings and poor grammar usage should be attributed to Greaves.

And how is the book doing on Amazon? Well, it's only sold as an E-book, but it's currently in the top 100 list of books being downloaded to Kindle.

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