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Until an inquiry by WorldNetDaily yesterday, American retail giant Wal-Mart – known for promotion of family values – sold a book on its website published by the country’s most visible advocate of pedophilia.
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WalMart.com’s NAMBLA book
But after WorldNetDaily sought comment, WalMart.com spokeswoman Cynthia Lin said the company is taking the book off its website.
“Given that we have 500,000 books on the site, on occasion there may be a book that is inappropriate that we haven’t seen,” she said.
Lin did not elaborate on the company’s screening process but said, “This is one, unfortunately, that we did carry that was inappropriate.”
In 1999, after protests, Amazon.com pulled the same title from its website.
Walmart.com said on the web page for the 124-page book – described by NAMBLA as “a compilation of essays on the nature of man/boy love” – that it was out of stock but normally can be shipped out in one business day.
Another pedophile title on Wal-Mart’s site is “Enchanted Boy,” published by Gay Men’s Press.
As WorldNetDaily reported one year ago, Riegel’s book says men who become involved in sexual relationships with boys “are sincere, concerned, loving human beings who simply have – and were probably born with – a sexual orientation that is neither understood nor accepted by most others.”
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Amazon.com sells “boy lovers” book
Amazon defended its sale of Riegel’s book, but said it dropped “Varieties of Man/Boy Love” because of its graphic images. The Seattle-based Internet retailer, insisting it did not censor what it sold, said Riegel’s book was not a “how to.”
A story yesterday by Britain’s Sky News, however, cited a child protection advocate who was angered by the book’s potential impact.
“We know that sex offenders often look to justify their behavior, and any book that seeks to minimize the distressing and long term impact on children is unacceptable,” she said, according to Sky News.
WalMart.com Inc. was established in January 2000 in California’s Silicon Valley. It has a separate board of directors from Arkansas-based Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., but said at the launch the company was expected to “further complement efforts to attract offline customers to the Internet via the trusted Wal-Mart brand.”
Rob Walton, chairman of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Lee Scott, vice-chairman and chief operating officer of Wal-Mart, had a majority interest in Walmart.com when it was founded.