Ethics: the rules of conduct recognized in respect to a particular class of human actions or a particular group, culture, etc.: medical ethics; Christian ethics.
Am I being ethical when I re-sell books on Amazon that clearly don't share my politics? If I no longer want a book, for whatever reason, and I decide I can re-sell it, should I? Is it wrong of me to foist my former fundamentalist outlook on those who still have that viewpoint?
What I'm talking about is the quandry I find myself in when I go to list books on Amazon with titles like this:
1. Christian Politics Rocking America
2. Turning the hearts of the fathers, by Ron Luce (with a contribution by Ted Haggard)
3. God Today
I mean, that #2 one is autographed by Ron Luce (not personalized).
What I'm thinking is that if I get a buck or two, why not? Then again, I surely don't want to add even a smidgen to the Tea Party group! While I don't agree with the conservative Fox-News watcher, I still have a Christian worldview in keeping with the mainstream church, and I want people to deepen their faith in a loving God of the Bible. Reading certain books can support or point to differences that each of us feel about various issues.
After all, I recently added "ads" to my blog, from which I gain a slight amount of cash when someone clicks on those ads. I found a way to omit the political ones that I found offensive (and contrary to my political position), and I hope that the ones that are selected to accompany my blog will interest some readers. Including ads on the blog seemed to make sense, but I don't want to contribute to anti-gay sentiment.
I don't have any books by EX---S, and if I did, I'd burn them, because it's wrong to pass their information to ANYONE. A few years ago I did re-sell some Focus on the Family stuff, when I cleaned out my stash of "books I'm never going to read." I don't even like stuff from most Christian bookstores (never did). I'm more into historical narratives, memoirs and biographies of long-dead pioneers, especially women and their stories.
Here's my call for this issue: I've tossed the Politics book in the trash can. I won't re-sell any book that spews hatred. But I don't mind making a little money on books I'm never going to pick up and read.
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