Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Amazon et al promise to purge filth from the world...

Retailer Amazon has removed several abuse-themed e-books from its Kindle Store after a report highlighted titles depicting rape, incest and bestiality.

So... I wonder if they'll go after this book?

Genesis 4:16-17

And Cain went out from the face of the Lord, and dwelt as a fugitive on the earth, at the east side of Eden. And Cain knew his wife, and she conceived, and brought forth Henoch: and he built a city, and called the name thereof by the name of his son Henoch. -

Genesis 20:12-13

 Howbeit, otherwise also she is truly my sister, the daughter of my father, and not the daughter of my mother, and I took her to wife. And after God brought me out of my father’s house, I said to her: Thou shalt do me this kindness: In every place, to which we shall come, thou shalt say that I am thy brother.

Genesis 11:26-29

And Thare lived seventy years, and begot Abram, and Nachor, and Aran. And these are the generations of Thare: Thare begot Abram, Nachor, and Aran. And Aran begot Lot. And Aran died before Thare his father, in the land of his nativity in Ur of the Chaldees. And Abram and Nachor married wives: the name of Abram’s wife was Sarai: and the name of Nachor’s wife, Melcha, the daughter of Aran, father of Melcha, and father of Jescha. -

Genesis 19:31-36

And the elder said to the younger Our father is old, and there is no man left on the earth, to come in unto us after the manner of the whole earth. Come, let us make him drunk with wine, and let us lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father. And they made their father drink wine that night: and the elder went in and lay with her father: but he perceived not neither when his daughter lay down, nor when she rose up.

And the next day the elder said to the younger: Behold I lay last night with my father, let us make him drink wine also to night, and thou shalt lie with him, that we may save seed of our father. They made their father drink wine that night also, and the younger daughter went in, and lay with him: and neither then did he perceive when she lay down, nor when she rose up. So the two daughters of Lot were with child by their father.

Exodus 6:19-20

 The sons of Merari: Moholi and Musi. These are the kindreds of Levi by their families. 20 And Amram took to wife Jochabed his aunt by the father’s side: and she bore him Aaron and Moses. And the years of Amram’s life were a hundred and thirty-seven.

II Kings 13:12-14

And Thamar came to the house of Amnon her brother: but he was laid down: and she took meal and tempered it: and dissolving it in his sight she made little messes. And taking what she had boiled, she poured it out, and set it before him, but he would not eat: and Amnon said: Put out all persons from me.

And when they had put all persons out, Amnon said to Thamar: Bring the mess into the chamber, that I may eat at thy hand. And when she had presented him the meat, he took hold of her, and said: Come lie with me, my sister. She answered him: Do not so, my brother, do not force me: for no such thing must be done in Israel. Do not thou this folly. But he would not hearken to her prayers, but being stronger overpowered her and lay with her.


Didn't think so.

The fact is literature is jam-packed with stuff that we wouldn't want done in real life. Horrific murders are par for the course in most popular books, and yet the readers haven't yet turned into a horde of psychopaths.

In our thoughts, we can be free to do anything at all, no matter how appalling - because it doesn't hurt anyone, and harming someone should be the basis of moral laws.

If no harm is done, don't worry about it; a thought is not a deed.

Only a few companies control most of the ebooks in the world, and thanks to the fact they lease, not sell, they can recall those books and erase them with impunity.

They won't act against something like the Bible -  they wouldn't dare - but if they can censor perfectly legal books like this, you can be damn sure they can do the same with other books, perhaps a little too critical of a sponsor or a government they like.

Can another publisher be found, one with better free speech policies? Or is the stranglehold on ebooks they hold too strong?

Time will tell, and there's a heavy price if we get it wrong.

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