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Subject: Am I a bad person?
Date Posted: 2/24/2008 11:24 PM ET
Member Since: 1/15/2005
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Ok, I've never posted to the forums before, but had to get this off my chest.

My local library isn't big enough to have a monthly sale, so they put all of their excess and donated books on a shelf in the back. They are really cheap, usually a $1 or less and lots of books for 10 or 25 cents.

Awhile back I picked up a few religious books and listed them. Half of them were wishlisted and went right away, the rest have filtered out steadily. So  now, I pick them up regulary and list them. The problem is, some of them are really bad..how to refute evolution..stuff like that.

Is it wrong to post books that you don't agree with? Sometimes I feel weird about using credits that I got for really over the top religious book to get my weekly fix of "Best of Men's Erotica 4"  LOL

Am I a hypocrite or should I just not worry about it and swap away?

thanks for listening..



Date Posted: 2/25/2008 6:01 AM ET
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nope not bad... just found a way to make easy credits.... I do it at the store too... we have a very conservative religious base in the town, so James Dobson and the like sell good... what do I get in return?... food on the table and the cozy mysteries and the hot historical romances those folks turn their noses up to :) 

Date Posted: 2/25/2008 8:23 AM ET
Member Since: 12/19/2005
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Sometimes I feel weird about using credits that I got for really over the top religious book to get my weekly fix of "Best of Men's Erotica 4"

Personally, I consider that cosmic justice.

People requesting those books will get them from someone else if they don't get them from you.  It's not like you were going to change any minds by keeping that particular book out of their hands.  So I say keep doing it.

Date Posted: 2/25/2008 9:19 AM ET
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Date Posted: 2/25/2008 10:58 AM ET
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I agree with Kari!

I sort of like that you would turn around and take those credits and get some erotica! :)

Date Posted: 2/25/2008 12:47 PM ET
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You stated,  "some of them are really bad".   Apparently some of the religious books were not "really bad" and were OK.  I doubt you have a problem trading the OK religious books for the erotica.  In order to trade the really "bad" books you need to justify your behavior by telling yourself that it only means that you can get more of the books you enjoy and there really isn't anything wrong with it - everyone else does it. 

Anytime you need to justify your behavior you know you are doing something that goes against your own moral code.  When you need to convince yourself something is OK, you are on the wrong path.  You lose a piece of yourself everytime you need to justify your actions. 

My advice would be to stop trading the books you have labelled "bad".    Keep in mind that someone else's "bad": list might include gay books.......we all have our own list of "bad", those things that just FEEL right or wrong.  

Don't compromise your own integrity and don't bend it to fit someone else's standards. 

How do you feel about this scenario?  I've been trading gay books and some of them are really bad...... they even explain how to refute Leviticus.  But by trading these gay books I get more of the mysteries I love to read.   What would you tell this person?



L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 2/26/2008 8:07 PM ET
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Brian, it's a decision you have to make on a book-by-book basis.  If I were to encounter a book that was blatantly anti-gay or racist, I wouldn't buy it or post it.  That's where I draw my line.

Date Posted: 2/26/2008 10:11 PM ET
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I swapped a book I got for free from my campus' bible club called "7 Days or Millions of Years?".  I also pick up the wishlisted Ann Coulter books when I can get them for a dollar.  People will indulge in what they want. 

Date Posted: 2/28/2008 1:24 AM ET
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And yet another thing to consider - if people are getting them from you here, then they're not buying them new and supporting the authors or publishers!

Date Posted: 3/1/2008 9:04 PM ET
Member Since: 12/9/2007
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I'd trade them myself.  I have wondered the same thing about a fiction book that demonized the gay rights movement.  What I did was list it and put one or two stars by it.  I want the credits.  Not that I've gotten a single book in the mail yet, but it's my fault b/c I don't have almost anything listed.

Date Posted: 3/2/2008 10:02 AM ET
Member Since: 2/22/2007
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Is it wrong to post books that you don't agree with? Sometimes I feel weird about using credits that I got for really over the top religious book to get my weekly fix of "Best of Men's Erotica 4" 


Ah ha ha, that is awesome. I agree, that's cosmic balance.   :  )