RENEE ANTONELLI VALENTE : There must be a WTF section in our bookstores these days that I’m not aware of — somewhere between the Religion and Ethics aisles — for something like Amazon.com’s recent addition, The Pedophiles Guide to Love and Pleasure, to be allowed.
The ACLU and others insist “it is legally within their rights to sell it.” But how can groups that exist to protect our rights defend material designed to take another‘s away?
In a statement, Amazon said it believes “it is censorship not to sell certain books simply because we or others believe their message is objectionable.” And that while they “do not support or promote hatred or criminal acts,” they do, however, “support the right of every individual to make their own purchasing decisions.”Renee Antonelli Valente
Hang on a second here. Isn’t pedophilia a “criminal act’? Interestingly enough, Amazon had an out but didn‘t use it: Its own policy states that it has the right to refuse to publish certain content, yet it chose to accept this one.
What could possibly constitute a refusal if this doesn’t warrant one? “How to Commit The Perfect Murder for Dummies?”
The good news is: The world has been listening. The public responded en force, thanks to the viral-fast spread of its existence, which prompted Amazon, without explanation, to disable the link to the heinous work. Chalk one up for the good guys!
But don’t breathe too big a sigh of relief. For every one that is removed, there are 10 more to take its place, because apparently, in our skewed sense of humanitarianism, their rights to free speech supersedes our rights to protect those who may suffer harm because of it.
I could be wrong, but anything that aids and abets a crime is a crime in itself. Just ask all those in jail who were “just along for the ride” and they’ll tell you.
United States Code (U.S.C.) section two of title 18 states: “Whoever commits an offense against the United States or aids, abets, counsels, commands, induces or procures its commission, is punishable as a principal.“ I don’t know about you, but advising someone how to commit a crime and the steps they need to take to not get caught is “counsel” in my law book.
One could argue that the potential for harm is subjective — and to remove the book is just as ridiculous as if we no longer sold knives because someone may use it to harm someone else.
But believe me, if the Ginsu family started advertising that it “can cut through a can with ease and still slice through your victims with surgical precision” and then gave you a step-by-step tutorial on how to carve ‘em up, I suspect there’d be a problem there.
The fact remains that knives, in and of themselves, are not illegal. However, pedophilia is, and when you distribute of material supporting it, harm becomes a tangible reality.
Case in point: In 2009 the National Man Boy Love Association (NAMBLA), was sued for the murder of a 10-year-old boy committed by two of its members. The law suit states the men frequently consulted NAMBLA before and during the crime to gain “psychological comfort” for the act.
The ACLU dashed to the organization’s defense, claiming that the materials the men obtained were considered “protected speech under the Constitution.” ACLU attorneys insisted that the materials “simply do not advocate violation of the law,” arguing further that ”even if that were the case, speech is not deprived of the protection of the First Amendment simply because it advocates an unlawful act.”
So, my extreme leftist brethren, how subjective is the harm now?
To quote Oliver Wendell Holmes: “The right to swing my fist ends where the other man’s nose begins.”
Why isn’t the ACLU using its passion for freedom and human rights to fight against the laws that allow the mere existence of things such as that book, things that put people truly at risk? To maybe fight against the double standards in both politics and government, not create them? To fight against bigotry and prejudice — things that are true human rights violators?
I applaud an organization that so staunchly defends the right of free speech. I’m pretty outspoken myself (as if you didn’t know that already), and I’ve had more than my share of controversy surrounding my words. But in their frenzied quest to be the world’s police, the civil libertarians are giving deviants shelter in our precious ideals.
If the world doesn’t take a step back and really take a look at what we are putting our energy into defending, that aisle in the bookstore is just going to get worse. Just imagine:
The Jihadist’s Guide to Planes, Trains and Automobiles , 101 Ways to Evade Police and Prosecution , Bomb Making Made Easy .
Or how about: Castrate Your Man , by Lorena Bobbitt.
Not so funny when it’s your private parts, is it, buddy?