Normally, I’m not one to be in favour of banning books, but sometimes you just have to give your head a shake.Amazon.com has decided to allow a book called The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child Lover’s Code of Conduct, written by Phillip R. Greaves.
When I first saw people tweeting about it on Twitter this morning, I thought it was a joke. There were links, but it was bringing me to a 404 page.
But I saw more and more tweets about it. And apparently, it isn’t a joke. It’s an electronic book (so it’s not available in stores), and it’s got some people really mad, with good reason.
According to the Seattle Times, the book has been on sale since just before Halloween.
“Amazon believes it is censorship not to sell certain books simply because we or others believe their message is objectionable,” the online retailer said in an e-mailed statement.
“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.”
Greaves argues in “The Pedophile’s Guide” 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.
The Toronto Sun says it may be illegal for Canadians to even download the book.
Criminal lawyer Jonathan Dawe said the book seems to be illegal under Canada’s Criminal Code, which outlaws any written material that advocates, or councils to commit, sex with a minor within its definition of child pornography.
And any Canadian who downloads the book could potentially be charged with possession, said the Toronto lawyer.
This is just stupid. I can understand Amazon’s decision to not want to ban the book, but I don’t understand how was it ever allowed in the first place. There are thousands of books that aren’t sold on Amazon, either because they’re not very good, too small a market, or whatever. At some point, someone approved this book to be sold on their web site.
In comparison, Chapters doesn’t have the book available, so someone made the right decision there.
Child abuse is one of those things that literally make me sick. A few years back, I was eating supper while watching the news, when a story came on about a child abuse ring being broken up. I had only two bites of my meal before the story, and couldn’t finish the rest. I almost threw up. It was disgusting.
So to allow a book about this to be sold on your web site, bad idea.
Quick final note: In the time it took me to write this, Amazon decided to haul the book. Which was a good decision. But an even better one would have been to not allow the book in the first place.