Ken Tucci

I’m curious as to why someone would write a book to help pedophiles and why on earth would a store sell the book?  I doubt I’m the only one who sees this as disturbing.  What is the matter with people?  – Katie, Gardner

Katie is talking about Amazon’s decision to sell a self published book for the Kindle called “The Pedophile’s Guide To Love and Pleasure.”  At first Amazon defended its’ decision saying dropping the book would be “censorship”  and that the company “support(s) the right of every individual to make their own purchasing decisions.”  But after stories like ours, and many, many complaints, Amazon changed its’ corporate mind and stopped selling the book.

Free speech arguments were also made in support of making the book available.  Other things people might find objectionable are protected speech like burning an American flag.  Is this the same?  Marylou Sudders, the president and CEO of the Mass. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children makes a distincition, arguing, “I want to be really clear.  Pedophilia is nothing more than sexual crimes agains children.”  And free speech is not absolute.  The Supreme Court famously ruled that yelling fire in a crowded movie theatre was not protected speech.

What do you think?  Did Amazon make the right decision?  Should people be able to make their own decisions about whether to buy it or not?  Where do you draw the line?

Comments (4)
  1. The Rose says:

    Abortion is a crime against children too. I don’t see any difference, so why ban a book? Everyone runs to the constitution when it suits their needs, and also when it doesn’t. I think it’s time to rewrite it because it’s hardly recognizable any longer.

  2. Cynic says:

    Is there something going on here that I don’t understand?I make a comment,It doesn’t appear so I make it again and the notice comes up “You Have Already Said That”…..I hope the answer is not so obvious that I get kicked out of Mensa.

  3. The Rose says:

    That happened to me a couple of times too. Don’t know why, they’re probably still working the bugs out of the new site. Sometimes it took several attempts to finally post a comment.

  4. EMC says:

    When it comes to free speech, I’m willing to trust our collective sense of common decency to know what is intrinsically evil, destructive to others, and lacking in any positive redeemable value to society
    Ban the damn book. The only ones who will miss it are the pedophiles , the author and his publisher.

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