The internet has been abuzz about the Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure: A Child Lover's Code of Conduct. Written by Coloradan Philip R. Greaves, 47, the self-published e-book was discovered by Amazon visitors who promptly started an effort to remove the book from the website.
Amazon defended its sale of the book in a statement to AOL's Tech Crunch:
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.
However, as of today, the book is no longer available on Amazon. A forum discussing the book, however, is still available here, where the topics range from "Why Amazon is Right" to "I am a child lover!" While some argue that Greaves's right to free speech should be protected at all costs, others note that the book could be putting children at risk by encouraging pedophilia.
Greaves, for his part, denies that his book poses a risk to children. In an interview with 9News, Greaves said "The child's pleasure and happiness come first. The child should never be asked to do anything that would be stressful to it." Discussing the book with ABC News, Greaves said he wrote the book to "establish guidelines" so that "when they [pedophiles] develop relationships, they use certain principles."
In fact, the outrage over this book's publication far exceeds the actual interest in the book. Greaves told the Smoking Gun that he has only sold one copy of the book. In the interview, Greaves also admitted to mental health issues, including a "mental collapse" that resulted in hospitalization.
What do you think? Is it okay to censor material because we disagree with its content? Does Greaves's book go too far and put children in danger? Should the book be available for sale?