Archive for category Legislating Morality
I have a set posting schedule that I admit I don’t always live up to. Every two days you should be able to count on me for a new post. Sometimes I even post in between those days. This is the first time in the short history of my blog that I have thought something important enough to post twice in one day. I hope this doesn’t take any attention away from my first post today Carizza but… I actually feel like a real blogger. I heard a story on the news, I researched it further and got to writing to make what feels like the deadline for the morning edition. So it sounds corny. What can I say, it doesn’t take much to get me excited. That being said, read on.
Pedophilia and Amazon.com
Phillips Greaves is an author, an e-author. Recently he published and e-book that sold over 100 copies on Amazon.com. Pretty good for a self published author, I guess.
Amazon.com has recently stopped selling the e-book. The link is no longer available. Why would a business like Amazon pull a product and thus loos potential revenue related to the sale of said item? The reason is simple. Public outcry and Christmas shopping season!
What’s all the hubbub? Phillips Greaves, is the author of The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure. Greaves claims not to be a pedophile and only wrote the book to make children safer. His e-book doesn’t promote the act of penetrative sex but does suggest that fondling is alright. Touching you niece or nephew because you love them and want to give them a hug is very different from stealing away somewhere and fondling their private parts.
Fondling is not alright and fondling is the word most often associated with sexual contact. Touching and fondling in today’s society are two words that no longer mean the same thing. Initially Amazon was not going to pull the book because they said it was censorship. Two anti Amazon Facebook pages later and thousands of complaints and even a boycott so close to the season of Christ, errr, I mean Commercialism, and now Amazon has changed its tune.
Amazon’s official policy states that pornography, offensive material and titles which may lead to illegal activity are prohibited. If that is their official policy then pulling a book off their inventory is not censorship at all, they are just adhering to their own policy. Makes you wonder if the sale of the book in the first place was allowed by someone who might be an advocate for the content of the book.
Amazon is not new to controversy but what company these days isn’t. In 2002 Amazon.com fought against the censorship of another pedophile book, Understanding Loved Boys and Boylovers (which is still for sale on Amazon). People simply should not be allowed to profit from the sale of items pro (some illegal act) in my opinion. I realize not everyone will agree with that and they will believe this is still censorship and both books and even worse should be allowed to be purchased. Maybe they should be allowed to be purchased, but it doesn’t mean businesses with a conscience should have to sell it.
Fret not though authors of trash like this. As society continues to degenerate pedophilia and even marriage between adults and children might become legal. Not in my lifetime I hope. Thank you Amazon.com for doing in my opinion the right thing, even though as I suspect, for the wrong reason.
- Book defending pedophilia for sale on Amazon (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Pedophilia book sparks Amazon outcry (cnn.com)
- Amazon Selling Book Defending Pedophilia, Guide For Pedophiles (huffingtonpost.com)
Over the years my behavior has gotten me into loads of trouble usually with my parents. Even more my mouth has gotten me into trouble so I usually keep my mouth shut when not invited to speak. Yesterday April had a follow up dentist appointment and I went with her. In the waiting room in a dentist office is most definitely a place to keep to myself. This couple had two very cute children and the kids spoke to me first. I passed the time playing and joking around with them.
Finally April was called in and about ten minutes later the two children were called in simultaneously. The mother took them back and that left just the father, myself and a teenager. I told the man he was lucky to have such a wonderful family. How we got from that to discussing politics and morality, I don’t know but we did. The man made it a point to let me know he was a liberal democrat and that from his perspective on one has the right to tell him how to live his life.
I should have just listened and made it a one sided conversation, but I asked him if he meant there should be no rules, no laws at all? He went further into his beliefs and told me he was a humanist. He believed himself to be the master of his domain and the god of his existence. Believe me, the man said so much more, but what struck me was when he told me he had the right to decide what was moral. He and only he, had the right to determine what was right and what was wrong.
I was half listening to him and half trying to order my thoughts for a question. He was all over the place with his rhetoric. From Christians to Muslims to Republicans to the Tea Party and George Bush. Somehow he even managed to throw Tony Dungy in the mix. Finally when he took a breath, I asked him if I had the same right to think the way he did. “Most certainly!”, was his response.
I thought of something clever to say because I didn’t agree with his thinking even though I agree that he has the right to think what he wants. Before I could respond, the teenage girl interjected herself into the conversation. “So you wouldn’t have a problem if this man decided he had the right to kill your wife and kids when they are finished getting their teeth cleaned”, she asked.
The man turned to the maybe 16 or 17 year old girl and with a look of indignation said in a very course tone, “Of course I would have a problem if this guy (me) touched my family in any way!”
The girl asked, “But you freely admit if he wanted to do it, as the master of his own world, he has the right — and if he had the right lawyer, judge and jury that thought as you do, he might get off without any sort of punishment.” Believe me, what she said was far more eloquent than I worded it.
The man rolled his eyes, crossed his legs and rustled through the stack of magazines and didn’t speak another word. I moved closer to the young lady. I learned her name was Nicole and she was a sophomore at the high school. I shook her hand and thanked her for ending a conversation I didn’t want to be in anyway. She told me she had written a paper on legislating morality. She had been told by her teacher that you cannot legislate morality. She said, “Abortion, rape, theft and murder are all moral issues and were all legislated. Then she left me with a quote. I forgot the exact quote but thanks to the library and the book she used to do some of her research, The Family Under Siege, I found it.
She said our founding fathers built morality into our Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. I told her I had a blog and asked if she minded if I blogged about this conversation. Obviously she didn’t mind and obviously I didn’t tell her the name of the blog. What do you think about all this. April just laughed and reminded me to keep my mouth shut next time.
Morality is the only thing you can legislate. That’s what legislation is. It is the codification in law of some particular moral concern — generally so that the immorality of a few is not forcibly inflicted on the rest of us.
~ Dr. D. James Kennedy
Galen Sterling-Smith from KVGess’ Blog will be guest blogging on November 6, 2010. Galen is Jelisa’s husband. She was a guest blogger earlier this year and I thought it would be a great idea, since both had blogs, to have Galen guest post as well. He agreed and we will be able to read his post in one week. In the meantime, stop by Galen’s site and check it out.