(Nov. 10) - The trend on Twitter today was anger.
A group of Twitterati is upset at Amazon.com for selling a Kindle edition of a book called "The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure." With all of Twitter's 190-million-plus users as an audience, they let their feelings be known -- in 140 characters or less. "Dear @Amazon," said one microblogger, using a function that directs the message toward Amazon's own Twitter account, "Free speech doesn't include a written manual on how to exploit, molest and rape our children."
Amazon did not respond to a message from AOL News seeking comment. But in a statement to AOL's Tech Crunch, the retail giant said: " 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."
Twitter declined to comment in a message to AOL News.
The book's poorly-spelled page on the Amazon website says it aims to make "pedophile situations safer for those juveniles that find themselves involved in them, by establishing certian (sic) rules for these adults to follow." The Web page lists the publication date as Oct. 28, 2010, and the author as Phillip R. Greaves.
The description also says the author hopes the book will lead to "liter (sic) sentences" for pedophiles. http://www.aolnews.com/nation/article/pedophiles-guide-sparks-angry-criticism-of-amazon/19711138
Amazon defends 'Pedophile's Guide'
Another book protested in 2002 for advocating adult-child sex is still available on the site . Amazon.com By Helen A.S. Popkin
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."
Amazon issued a statement that will no doubt fuel the outraged comments multiplying on the "Pedophile's Guide" Amazon page.
"Amazon believes it is censorship not to sell certain books simply because we or others believe their message is objectionable," it reads. "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."
A customer review on the "Pedophile's Guide" Amazon page written by "Outraged Mother" reads, "The line of immorality is at best a zone with ill defined boundaries. Whatever. This crosses into the unsavory and shameful side of the zone. Take it down."
"There is a point when, even though a company has a no-censorship policy, that selling certain books is simply wrong," reads "Disgusting Abomination," another customer review.
"Not censoring is one thing, and I commend that, but choosing to sell this book on a site that accessed by millions of people (including children) daily is reprehensible. This is a disgusting choice you have made, Amazon. Whatever money you are making off this book can't be worth the ire you are receiving for selling it."
In 2002, Amazon.com cited the First Amendment as justification for offering another book that advocates adult-child sex, "Understanding Loved Boys and Boylovers," by David L. Riegel. Further, the paperback book is still available on the site.