In late October of 2010, Amazon.com began selling an e-book for Kindle, “The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child-lover’s Code of Conduct,” by Philip R. Greaves II. Boycotts were threatened when news spread online November 10 that the book was being sold on Amazon. By the morning of November 11, it appeared that Amazon had removed the book; their website has a notice: “We’re sorry. The Web address you entered is not a functioning page on our site” [sic].
Concerned Women for America (CWA) is glad that Amazon made the decision to pull this book from their list of offerings for sale — if they did indeed pull it.
However, as Sky News Online reported, Amazon’s statement before making the book’s webpage unavailable was unrepentant and made it clear that the book would remain for sale on Amazon.com.
“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.”
Amazon is a business and, as such, may choose which books it does and does not want to sell. Not offering a specific book is not censorship, it is a business decision; they make such judgments on dozens of books a week.
While Amazon’s decision may be bad for business, it also may be illegal.
By the “Miller Test,” established in the United States Supreme Court decision in Miller v. California in 1973, this material seems to qualify as “obscene.” The Miller Test determines if something is obscene if the material meets these three criteria:
(a) whether “the average person, applying contemporary community standards” would find that the work, taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest,
(b) whether the work depicts or describes, in a patently offensive way, sexual conduct specifically defined by the applicable state law; and
(c) whether the work, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.
Point (a): Does your community find pedophilia acceptable? Point (b): Having sex with children is illegal. Point (c): A self-published book giving guidance on how to lessen your chance of being caught as a pedophile lacks serious value — except to pedophiles trying to evade the law.
Check, check and check — looks like obscenity to me.
So, if Amazon wishes to sell obscenity, thereby aiding and abetting in the distribution of illegal material, they should announce that outright and not hide behind a dubious claim of censorship. And, the Department of Justice should investigate.
FoxNews.com quotes some of the author’s description of his book. “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.”
Note to Mr. Greaves: Children do not “find themselves involved” in pedophilia and in need of ways to make it “safer.” Pedophilia harms children every time it happens! When children are sexually exploited, they are tricked, coerced, or threatened into having sex with adults. Further, pedophiles do not have “better natures,” they have a warped sense of right and wrong, and they should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.
As the Christmas season approaches and children are making their wish lists, parents should be checking the lists and deciding if they wish to buy their children’s gifts from a retailer that promotes books on how pedophiles can rape children while lessening their chance of being caught. You know the old Christmas adage about tallying up who has been naughty, and who has been nice. What about Amazon? You decide.
Amazon’s business decision should lean towards catering to the bigger market (i.e. people who find pedophilia to be sick, disgusting, and destructive). But, when or if Amazon feels that it best serves their business to aid and abet people who get their sexual kicks molesting children and wreaking life-long damage upon those precious children, then they should face predictable consequences from the majority of their customers — decent people, many of them parents.
When Amazon offers a book, they make a business choice, in this case, promoting illegal material versus following the law. When Americans buy a book, they should choose retailers who promote decency, not deviancy.