So here's my one post/thoughts on the matter, in case anybody cares...
I don't know how common books 'like' this one are (how to get away with murder, how to build/conceal a bomb, how to do any other widely accepted wrong/evil/disgusting act, etc. etc.). The notion of the entire premise of the book is disgusting, vile, and stomach twisting. The fact that there exist people capable of the thoughts that I imagine are depicted in this book or any book of this nature is troubling. As somebody who has worked with children my entire life, from counseling to teaching, it makes me sad, and terrifies me of my future as a parent. The subject matter is some of the touchiest that exists; even people who are widely considered 'sickos' by society in general are largely disgusted by child predators, with perfectly good reason. The aforementioned is what drives a lot of people, I imagine, to want the book thrown at this guy, and for him to be bludgeoned by it. When you think about this with your heart, that, I feel, is a completely reasonable conclusion to draw. I mean, as a teacher, what if this book were 'How to Shoot Up Your School and Get Away With It (Hypothetically)'? I wonder how I'd feel? I wonder if such a book already exists?
All that said, I keep thinking back to the people who find Playboy indecent in the same vein that they would consider this book indecent. There are people who find nudity just as vile as this; and we're talking about polar ends of the spectrum here; let us not forget the entire array that exists between the two -- from rape to murder to torture to terror, so on and so forth. I'm no law guru by any stretch of the imagination, but I do find it interesting that there is only one state in the union that possesses laws being violated as described in this case. As disgusted as I am by the entire scenario, I'm not sure if decency laws that should or shouldn't exist were violated as has been argued, or that this man should be able to express himself freely in this fashion as others have argued.
The most interesting point I've gathered in reading through here came from Mookie (go figure) citing the potential endangerment of others from this book. I keep coming back to that. Weighing the acts of actual child molesters and predators With vs. Without the existence of this book is a trivial act, since some will argue that they would do it anyway, while others would argue the contrary that this book would provide them with ideas, strategies, even suggestions for some who would otherwise not partake. God knows this isn't all as black and white as some have attempted to outline it to be here (and if you're going to argue that it is, you're simply ignoring information contrary to your own argument).
The book disgusts and troubles me. But I'm not sure if I'm placing the onus on the author or the potential predators who would be reading/using it. I'm also not sure, if I were to place the onus on the author, exactly what other similarly written 'how to' books I would give green lights to vs. where I would draw the line.
Alright, I'll zip up now and you all can go back to pissing.