I wish that I was more surprised by this. Amazon published a handbook for pedophiles as an eBook. It caused an uproar on the social networks; there is a call for a boycott. Amazon’s response was to defend publishing the book on the grounds of freedom of speech.
FYI it does seem that they have, at least for now, pulled the book from their site.
Anyway here is the story from MSNBC:
“NEW YORK — Amazon is selling a self-published book defending pedophiles, sparking discussions about the retailer’s obligation to vet items before they are sold in its online stores, and threats of boycott from Amazon customers if the book is not removed.
The book, ” The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child-lover’s Code of Conduct” by Philip R. Greaves II, offers advice to pedophiles afraid of becoming the center of retaliation. It is an electronic book available for Amazon.com Inc.’s Kindle e-reader.
The author’s description (misspellings included) reads:
“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.” Read the rest here.
Sigh. But what do we expect when Planned Parenthood actively promotes sex to young children through our public education system.
Now I am not, generally speaking, for censorship. But there has to be limits to what is acceptable free speech. The problem is that we no longer agree on a minimum standard of what is acceptable. Protecting child predators must come before the right to publish.
This is a direct result of a culture that denies objective truth. When there is no truth, when there is no right and wrong, everything becomes acceptable. Common sense goes out the window. Common sense is not very common any more.
The good news is that the majority of people can still see that there is something wrong with promoting pedophilia.
But I have been convinced, for a very long time, that the only reason why sex with children hasn’t begun to become acceptable is because of the sex scandals in the Catholic Church. How would it be possible to condemn the Church?
God does indeed bring good out of great evil.
I find no words to express my feelings for this situation. I’m glad that there was a boycott. Money speaks. The damage that is done to a child is unimaginable and permanent. The selfishness of the perpetrator is beyond comprehension. Then to think I am called to love the person who caused the damage is the greatest challenge and burden. It is easy to feel hatred. Oh my, get thee to confession LeAnn.
I know how you feel. But we are called to pray for our enemies. It is not, to say the least, easy.
Interesting take on things here. When I worked for a social services organization a few years past, the biggest troublemaker in the place was the church deacon–he liked to make sure everyone knew that about him, as it helped to give him some credibility, I suppose. Turns out he was molesting the people in service. As for schools promoting sex…I think it is probably more likely that they are trying to prevent unwanted pregnancies, for those who will have sex anyway, and ruin their lives by being saddled with children they are not prepared to care for…and their children probably end up being abused…but who cares about that, right?
Thank you for visiting. I will be responding to your comments in a blog post. But as a Catholic, I can never see children as burdens. I believe in the sanctity of human life. Every human person is unique and unrepeatable; every human life is a gift from God.
People are more important than things, or money, or success. Of course we have a Christian calling to help anyone who is abused or marginalized.
There are, in fact, countless unsung heroes who work to help those in need every day.
God bless you.
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I think that we will find that pedophilia is a sexual orientation and not a fetish. The difference is that it is not treatable, it is hardwired into the makeup of individuals. There is not much of a jump from accepting homosexuality to accepting polygamy to pedophilia. It seems as though our culture believes that “if a person can’t help their feelings, then it’s okay.”
It’s not okay. So many sexual sins that are based on feelings and wants are not okay. Adultery, rape, molestation, etc. are just plain wrong. Just because these sins may, on occasion, become socially acceptable or even desirable, doesn’t mean that they cease to be wrong.
I pray that our culture continues to disapprove of the practice of sex with children.