There's a pedophilia guide for sale on Amazon.
Today, many, many people heard about it. And many, many people complained to Amazon, Amazon responded by refusing to pull the book and stating that they believe that to refuse to sell material they feel is objectionable is censorship.
And therefore the book stays available on Amazon.
Call absolute bullshit. To claim "censorship" is nothing but a cop-out.
Amazon is not a government body.
Amazon is not telling anyone what they can and cannot say.
Amazon flatters itself by saying it is capable of censoring anything at all.
Amazon is simply a vehicle between the creator (writer/publisher/whatever) of a book, and the reader of the book. It is a method for the book to reach the reader.
For Amazon to not carry that book, or any book, is not censorship.
Censorship is when you are told that you cannot express your opinion, or you will face consequences.
By not selling a specific book, Amazon is not saying the book cannot be written, that the opinions stated therein must not be stated. That would be censoring it. By refusing to carry a book, it's not suppressing anyone's freedom of speech. The book would be available elsewhere, after all.
By refusing to carry it, Amazon would, however, be saying we don't allow our services to be used as the stage to peddle evil. It would be taking a stand. It would be drawing a line in the sand of what kind of company it wants to be - a company with a moral code, or a company without one.
Instead, Amazon is holding its nose and hiding behind a claim of not wanting to "censor" a book to avoid taking a stand against pedophilia.
Censorship my ass.
Here's the reality.
This is a how-to manual for pedophiles. For people who sexually abuse children.
And it's easily available on Amazon.com for the low low price of $4.79.
For $4.79, Amazon is selling its soul. And it's a guarantee: By this book being available, children will directly, directly be harmed.
I realize this will hurt me more than it hurts Amazon, but I have no other alternative. I cannot support a company with no moral code. I cannot support a company that cannot take a stand and see how horribly wrong it is to say it's ok for anyone to use our service to offer up anything, anything at all, for sale.
I am terminating my affiliate relationship with Amazon, removing all my Amazon affiliate ads and will not be purchasing from Amazon again.
Because fundamentally, a company that thinks it's A-OK to profit from the sales of how-to guides for pedophiles is not a company that will be getting my money.