sacrosanct

1. extremely sacred or inviolable: a sacrosanct chamber in the temple.
2.not to be entered or trespassed upon: She considered her home office sacrosanct.
3.above or beyond criticism, change, or interference: a manuscript deemed sacrosanct.

a person’s right to write a book. a child’s right not to be sexually molested. i hold these things to be sacrosanct. i think they are at the basic core of what makes america great. so. have you heard about the Amazon pedophile book bruhaha yet?

here’s how i understand it. guy writes/self-publishes some awful book (normally, i hate when people talk about things they won’t read/check out themselves, but honestly, i don’t want to go even looking for this thing on Amazon. I’m not going to give this guy any more credence/hits on his page) about pedophilia called “The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure.” yeah. fucked up. Amazon has his book on their website(1), allowing it to be available for sale.

the internets have exploded with people freaked out, wondering why Amazon would ever do such a thing, given the subject matter(2). i don’t have kids, but i don’t think it matters. pedophilia is terrible. whether it’s an incident with a stranger, or sexual abuse from a neighbor or a relative (much more likely to occur than anything else), everyone agrees that it’s horrible and wrong. i’m most certainly no advocate of books about pedophilia (3).

but i *do* have a problem with censorship. no one is making anyone read, much less buy this book. or the anarchist’s cookbook. or the quran or the bible or glenn beck’s book (he MUST have one, right?). in fact, no one is making anyone read or buy any of these books. and trying to ban or burn them is not going to make them go away. it only makes them stronger.

it’s a strange paradox. words hold incredible power. they have deep meaning and are important vehicles for change, inspiration and expression. having the freedom to express ourselves through the power of speech and print is one of the things that makes this country so amazing and the envy of many people around the world. it was so important to the founding fathers, that they made it the first amendment to the constitution, to ensure that at least the government would never have the right to take it away from us. they knew that the ability to speak and write freely was essential to a true democracy.

yet, words are just that. words. words in a book are not the actions themselves. reading about a girl doing drugs doesn’t constitute a criminal act. reading about someone struggling with their homosexuality does not make the reader gay. writing a fiction novel about a serial killer does not indicate the novelist is thinking of killing a bunch of people and should be headed off to prison. my larger point is this: pedophiles do not need books to learn how to molest children. they aren’t going to read a book and think, “oh, i think i’m going to try having sex with a kid.” they have either been molested as kids or they have something pathologically wrong with them. this book isn’t creating pedophiles.

i’m always afraid about out and out censorship. it’s a slippery slope. of course, this book’s subject matter is awful. the anarchist’s cookbook could be said to be a book destined for nothing but bad things. but what about a lesbian’s guide to sex? what about a book that talks about re-programming homosexuals (4)? what about something on scientology? something about creationism? something on prostitution? growing marijuana? all of these things could be seen to be terribly offensive by groups of people who could make a decent case that they are harmful to some groups of people and should cease to exist or should not be sold or put in libraries, etc. and i just think it gets worse from there.

i don’t want there to be some guide to pedophiles. but more importantly, i don’t want there to be the overarching idea that we can censor things that we find objectionable, even if they are incredibly so.

(1) apparently, they have succumbed to the pressure and taken the book off their website.

(2) honestly, the thing that i have the biggest problem with, is that they would censor anything at all — like, say a bunch of gay and lesbian books. they say it was a “glitch,” but something tells me that’s some sort of bullshit.

(3) however, we do know there *are* plenty of people who have read/watched lolita, right? that’s just ONE book that addresses this subject that people may have heard of that people don’t necessarily seem to have such a big problem with Amazon selling.

(4) i think the idea that you can or should re-program homosexuals is insane.

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4 thoughts on “sacrosanct

  1. Once again the point is missed my liberal friend. Sure it’s horrible, but the issue isn’t whether or not it can be written or sold, it’s all about whether or not people have through their buying power to not support Amazon. I have a Kindle and someone saw me reading it on the train. They also had one and he said “if they don’t take that book down this goes in the garbage and I won’t buy another thing from Amazon”. That’s the issue in a nutshell.

  2. i understand. i guess this is more of a persuasive piece to those people. like .. let them put that up there if they want. let it be put in a library. it’s not more stuff we have to be scared of, it’s less.

  3. Here’s the thing. Let’s say some store sells something that is offensive to minorities. The minorities boycott the store and everyone says ‘good for them”. Why is it when conservatives do the same it is viewed as censorship or bad? People I think miss the point of free speech. If I am a Coke exec I can say Coke sucks buy Pepsi and I will get fired. Free speech only encompasses legal action. I can say what I want and not get put in jail, it doesn’t mean my company can’t fire me or a store has to carry my product.

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