Amazon sells book on ‘gays going to hell’

Stephen Gray February 6, 2012
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Amazon’s Kindle Store has sparked a backlash by offering a fundamentalist religious text which tells gay and trans people they are going to hell.

The book is one of 849 listed in Amazon’s Christian fundamentalist section.

The e-book‘s synopsis says: “LGBT Going To Hell is a small fundamentalist Christian book that seeks to tell the LGBT community that it is in sin and lives a lifestyle that is against God’s Holy Word the Bible.

“This is not a book to win friends but to call sinners to repentance.”

One American reviewer wrote: “There is no doubt that books like this are part of the reason why so many young LGBT people in USA commit suicide.”

Another wrote: “I have no idea if it is meant to be a serious work, or a satirical look at stereotypical christian attitudes, but either way, its mostly useless.”

The e-book, which costs 77p, begins by commenting on the world’s progress in medicine, science and technology, but condemns its fall into an “evil pit of violence, green, sexual immorality and paganism”. has approached Amazon for comment.

At the end of last year, Amazon pulled a calendar by ‘Christian cartoonist’ Joe King.

I’m Not Gay, I’m Just a Sissy: 12 Months of Sexual Confusion, included jokes about AIDS and effeminacy in gay men.

While some questioned whether the cartoons were genuine satire not designed to cause offence, King took to his own Facebook page to rant about the gays who complained adding that it was not the first time he had been banned.

He said: “Hoo-we! Hell hath no fury like a he/she scorned…”

He added that AIDS was an “elective disease” which would stop “the day guys quit sticking it to each other. And for the tragedy of women and children infected… THAT stops the day their gay husbands and fathers stop cheating on them. Anyone need MORE education, science or funding to understand THAT?”

In 2009, Amazon apologised after a cataloguing glitch meant many important gay works were mislabeled as ‘adult’ products.

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