I am an avid Amazon.com shopper. I get freebies from there and buy ALL my books from there -- and being a homeschooler, with 5 children, living books make up the bulk of our classroom. However, it came to my attention yesterday that Amazon.com was/is selling a book targeted at pedophiles on how to molest children.
Many, many people have contacted Amazon, including Fox News and other news reporters, but to no avail. Amazon has stood behind the decision to keep the book up for sale with this defense:
"Amazon believes it is censorship not to sell certain books simply because we or others believe their message is objectionable," the company said in a written statement. "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."
If you are so compelled, please take action. Amazon has clearly defined their position and it is not for the protection of children. Actions speak louder than words and, unfortunately, this is not the only incident. As a result, I will be removing all my business from Amazon.com. I cannot in good faith, with 5 children, buy from a company who SHOWS their support for such criminal action by hiding behind the first amendment.
We are not talking religion or politics (technically). We are talking about the protection of our children from sexual predators - this book only helps the predators subdue children more.
Here are some things you can do to help make a difference:
- Write to Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezo's firstname.lastname@example.org
- Choose not to purchase from Amazon.com
- Do not link to them or affiliate with them
- Tweet about it using #amazonfail (raise awareness)
- Write a post about it
- Share it on your Facebook page (and link it to a news story)
This is not my ideal post, but children are something I am passionate about and someone needs to defend them.
As of now, it appears the book has been removed, but I don't believe that is the case. After seeing the book (which is a Kindle version) on their site yesterday, I clicked through my history today to find the title (link dead) and the picture is no longer the book cover, but a photo of "The Bill of Rights" with the 1st Amendment.