Like many of you, I appreciate having freedom of speech. I may not agree with the thoughts and opinions of others who share this freedom, but I’m thankful to have it. But where do we draw the line exactly? Amazon is currently dodging bullets surrounding the self published “pro” pedophilia book that has been available for purchase on their site since October, 2011. Why did removing it take so long? That’s a question many are asking.
In my research, I learned (via CNN) that another similarly themed book put Amazon in the hot seat. In November 2010, Amazon removed The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: A Child-Lover’s Code of Conduct from their site. When questioned, an Amazon spokes person told BusinessInsiders.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.”
Before you decide for yourself, maybe you should read a portion of the description for Age of Consent:
“Are you soon to set off travelling the world? The single most important law that you can know in alien nations is the age of consent. It may be 16 in your current state or country of residence, but having sex with a 16 year old in some countries could result in many years in jail. In some countries it is even illegal to have sex outside of marriage, with severe consequences if you are caught doing so!
On the flipside, there are many countries on this planet where the age of consent is as low as 12 or 13, whilst one country has no age limit whatsoever! Before travelling, whether you are going as a backpacker, for business purposes, or as a sex tourist, you need to invest in this comprehensive guide to the age of consent laws in every country in the world! It will keep your fun legal!”
And there you have it. Is it censorship? Do you agree or disagree with Amazon removing these two books? Share your thoughts and opinions below.