BUT THEN... I came across a very good article discussing the controversy quite fairly in my opinion, as it made many valid points that did cross my mind when I first learned about it. I consider myself to have a strong moral background, so my first instinct is to get rid of it. The fact that pedophilia is illegal only supports that instinct more, and I do sincerely hope that someone finds a way to bring the law down on the author of that book. But it is good to remember that companies like Amazon do not operate from a basis in morality, but from a business-oriented perspective.
As a life-long bookworm, it is easy for me to completely and vehemently oppose censorship of literature in theory, but when it comes to practicing what I preach, questions start popping up that I don't know how to answer. History demonstrates what happens when censorship becomes louder than free speech, and many books have been written about the topic, Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 being a perfect example. And yet, in humanity's quest to control the uncontrollable, literature is often the first to suffer. The United States of America was originally founded on the principles of Christianity, but it has strayed far and wide since then, with the current president openly mocking Christianity. The law was once based on morality, but with a lack of morality the laws become fluid and unstable, subject to those with power and money, instead of "by the people and for the people." So if literature and booksellers are subject to the laws of the governing body, how are the "bad" books weeded out from the acceptable books? And what if the laws change, are those banned books re-released to the public, with a formal apology from the government attached to each copy? (I don't think so.) And of course they must read the books in question before banning them, or are books taken before the Supreme Court and put on trial with so much sensationalism? The domino effect is quite scary when I ponder it.
What should be happening is adults living moral lives for the next generation to emulate, including reading and writing the literature that would fit into a moral life. The amoral literature would not need to be banned as it would simply be forgotten from a lack of attention. The reality is that government has stopped trusting the people it governs to make moral and law-abiding decisions, so the people have stopped trusting the government to listen to them.