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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

What’s A Bunga?

posted by on March 5 at 10:28 AM

Via ABC News comes word of Abunga, a Christian counterpart to Amazon dot com, because “The largest online book and media marketplaces today are also among the largest sellers of pornography and illicit materials in the world.”

With the dual slogans: Empowering Decency and Your Family Bookstore, Abunga sells books, but it also bans books deemed offensive by popular customer vote:

* Internal Filter We remove broad classifications of illicit materials by the information classifications set by the publisher. Currently, over 65,000 books are eliminated from our available inventory to protect your family.

* Individual Customer Block - On any search, any Abunga customer member can click the block button and that particular book will never show up as an offering on their account.

* Community Block Abunga records your blocks and if a number of customers block the same product, Abunga will remove it from their offering.

Removed books currently include The Golden Compass. Dan’s book Skipping Toward Gomorrah is still (currently) available, though.

If that wasn’t enough, 5% of all book purchases go toward the Faith Action group of the purchasers’ choice.

The first thing that people want to cry in this case is ‘censorship,’ which is, of course, idiotic. It’s not censorship to ban a book from a private business. But it is bad business. I think that, if Abunga takes off with the Christian fundies, it’ll become a purified Christian bookstore where people take, Wikipedia-editor-like, to the virtual shelves to extinguish all sin. But enough Christians read trashy fiction—Tom Clancy, John Grisham even (gasp!) Stephen King—that once those books are banned for not being pious enough, they’ll stop shopping there. It’s a self-defeating business plan.

But I am totally sick of hearing about how the American Family needs protection, like it’s some fragile orchid that needs delicate handling. People, as always, are fucking like horny minks, and there’s no sign of that stopping anytime soon. Can we motherfucking relax about the fate of the American Family, please? The children are going to grow up, same as always, and some of them are going to be messed up but most of them are going to be okay and the American Family, Gawblessit, will persevere. Amen.

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I just blocked all books with the word "Bible" in the title. I just don't want my family reading that filth.

Posted by JC | March 5, 2008 10:33 AM

Yes, the fundies agree that all people are incorrigible horny minks. They call it original sin. That's why they can't relax about it.

Posted by elenchos | March 5, 2008 10:41 AM

so they're selling to a demographic you're not a part of. big deal. if parents don't want their kids reading "bad" books, that's their perogative. and if kids insist, they can get those books from the library anyway.

Posted by ri | March 5, 2008 10:41 AM

If the fundies were being honest they would come out of the parenthetical closet to admit that when they say, "The American Family" they really mean, "The White, Christian, Conservative American Family"

Posted by michael strangeways | March 5, 2008 10:46 AM

I forgot the parenthesis: "The (White, Christian, Conservative)American Family"

now that sorta makes sense...

Posted by michael strangeways | March 5, 2008 10:48 AM

I don't know what it means, but I'm guessing Abunga will not be cowed.

Thank you.

Posted by Levislade | March 5, 2008 10:51 AM

"Now offering less selection than ever before! Choose from our constantly shrinking list of titles!"

Posted by flamingbanjo | March 5, 2008 10:52 AM

"Now offering less selection than ever before! Choose from our constantly shrinking list of titles!"

Posted by flamingbanjo | March 5, 2008 10:52 AM

This reminds me of that Christian version of wikipedia. These loons just don't quit.

Posted by kid icarus | March 5, 2008 10:57 AM

Love it! Christians are apparently so weak-willed that if they even SEE a "questionable" book offered for sale, they will have no choice but to purchase it. Thank you Abunga for helping Christians avoid making any decisions for themselves in their book purchases.

Posted by stan | March 5, 2008 10:58 AM

The thing that continues to disturb me about this sort of thing is that it allows these extreme Christians (or, for that matter, any cultural/social group) to play the victims over and over again and I am genuinely worried that this could generate a critical mass of cultural sympathy and appeasement.

Posted by Chris B | March 5, 2008 11:13 AM

I guess I haven't been paying attention. Where do you find the porn on Amazon?

Posted by angel | March 5, 2008 11:26 AM
Posted by umvue | March 5, 2008 11:30 AM

Maybe version 2.0 will include a way to burn books by proxy.

Posted by Clint | March 5, 2008 11:51 AM

What is this, hate on Christians day?

Posted by Katelyn | March 5, 2008 11:52 AM

More like Hate on Ignorance day. Or Hate on Those Who Want to Make Personal Decisions for Everyone Else Day.

Posted by PJ | March 5, 2008 11:55 AM

I'm just waiting for when they start banning each others' "blasphemous literature"; for example, when the Southern Baptists band together and start banning books approved by the Fundamentalist Presbyterians or the Disciples of Christ, or the Pentacostals, or - well, you get the picture.

Because, you just KNOW it's bound to happen sooner or later.

Posted by COMTE | March 5, 2008 11:56 AM

@ 4&5, you forgot to mention southern. I'm so (not) proud to from the city where it started, lovely Knoxville, Tennessee... abunga appeals to all the southern baptists there.

Posted by annfran | March 5, 2008 12:00 PM

Are they serious? You can get porn on Amazon? How come no one told me?

Posted by Hernandez | March 5, 2008 12:15 PM

Well, since the Christian Fundie/Talibani types practice "I Hate Fags Day" EVERYDAY OF THE GAWDAMNED WEEK, I'm really NOT going to weep for them...

Posted by michael strangeways | March 5, 2008 12:16 PM

Amazon sells porn?

Posted by Dougsf | March 5, 2008 12:42 PM

Tropic of Cancer is still available... you'd think they would've killed that before the site went up.

Posted by cmad | March 5, 2008 1:01 PM

oh, and the correct answer to the question posted as the headline:

A suffix to the the root word, "Cow"

Posted by michael strangeways | March 5, 2008 1:08 PM

the ad banners on the sides of slog are now all for christian singles sites (because of the last couple of posts). apparently, there are thousands of them in my city.

Posted by infrequent | March 5, 2008 1:58 PM

Awesome! Let's all try to get Dan's books banned!!! How do we do it? It is always more fun to read books that are banned. hehe. And has porn??? do they sell condoms and lube too? or dildos? vibrators perchance?

Posted by Kristin | March 5, 2008 2:28 PM

Kristin, you might enjoy knowing that yes, they almost certainly do sell all of those things. At least, I can verify that they did at one point in time sell a dildo in the shape of a fist.

Posted by Chris in Tampa | March 5, 2008 8:05 PM

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