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If the allegations are true, then no decent person should buy anything from child-raping former Penn State football defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. That, however, doesn't

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Misguided Amazon Users Demand Removal of Jerry Sandusky's Book Touched

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If the allegations are true, then no decent person should buy anything from child-raping former Penn State football defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. That, however, doesn't mean people should go around banning his book.

That rule stands even if the book in question happens to have the unfortunate name of Touched: The Jerry Sandusky Story.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Amazon users are coming out of the woodwork right now demanding that the website remove the book from its listing because of the horrible scandal involving Sandusky, Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, school president Graham Spanier and an increasing number of other university officials.

For those who haven't followed this story, Sandusky was indicted by a grand jury on 40 counts of child molestation and sexual assault involving eight young boys over a 15-year time span. Paterno is said to have been informed about Sandusky being caught raping a child in the school's shower room, but only telling another college official and never following up on why the man was never arrested or at least thoroughly questioned.

Indeed several school officials are said to have helped facilitate the molestation by not telling police and not following through to make sure the behavior stopped.

As for Sandusky's book, the self-congratulating ego piece has been collecting dust at Amazon for a decade. In fact the book only had one review until the pedophilia scandal became public, and now there are some 40 reviews, all of them scathing and most of them about how Touched should have "touched" on how Mr. Sandusky more than "touched" several young boys.

Thus, it would seem that removing the book's listing is unnecessary, as no one was reading anyway.

Beside that, calling for the banning of any book, no matter how revolting its author is, is simply bad form. A shopper can still purchase Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf on Amazon, or O.J. Simpson's If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer, or Levi Johnston's Deer in the Headlights.

As terrible a human as Sandusky allegedly is, removing a book he wrote from circulation gives that book more credence than it deserves. A much more deserved fate for the tome would be to let it continue languishing on the path to obscurity.

 
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