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Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Gold Hill, OR - It was a cold, wet January afternoon along the banks of the Rogue River in southern Oregon, just perfect for what self-described Tea Party activist Trapper Christian called a "good, old-fashioned book burning." What he threw onto the fire was not a book your grandmother would recognize however, but an electronic reading device called a Kindle, and he was not alone.

Joining him via the Internet were two friends and fellow Tea Party Book Club members, Roger Rodomontade of Orem, Utah, and Marco Bozio of Roseburg, Oregon, who simultaneously threw their ebooks onto bonfires at their respective locations, and then shared photos of them burning online through a social networking site.

Though there are many thousands of book titles available to ebook readers, the ire of these men was directed at one in particular, Rudy Can't Fail by W. Dipper, which was recently added to the online Kindle bookstore.

"I enjoyed my ebook at first," Trapper said, "but then I came across Rudy Can't Fail. Now I'm a patriot and I love this country, and this book began to give me impure thoughts about it. It actually started to make me physically sick."

Trapper contacted his Tea Party Book Club friends and found out they too were having disturbing thoughts because of the book. "That's when I knew it wasn't just me, and we needed to do something about it, and I knew just what that was."

Trapper says he and his friends burned their ebooks to protest not only the book Rudy Can't Fail, but other "profane and upsetting" content online publishers are now making readily available. "There is literally no one paying attention to this," Marco said. "It's just gotten totally out of hand. I mean little kids have access to this stuff."

Specifically, they are calling on Amazon, which owns the Kindle bookstore, to stop selling Rudy Can't Fail immediately. "We really believe this book is a danger to our nation and Amazon needs to take this threat seriously, and then move on from there." Trapper said.

No spokesperson for the online retail giant was available for comment as of this writing

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