This is too important for me not to mention.
The book states: "Give 10 licks at a time, more if the child resists. Be careful about using it in front of others — even at church; nosy neighbors might call social workers."
This is literally a how-to manual on how to abuse and beat your children.
OH MY GOD. Okay stop scrolling and look at me. My mother actually used this book. I am a victim of this piece of literary evil, and let me tell you, it has left me with some seriously deep scars. It got to the point that my brother and I couldn’t even laugh. Laughter was considered “foolishness” and we would literally be struck ten times for it if she heard it. Let me reiterate that.
We could not enjoy ourselves or even be happy without being beaten.
One of the “Christian” cult families introduced this to her and yes, it is basically condoning serious child abuse. I actually personally believe in corporal punishment and let me tell you, THIS IS NOT CORPORAL PUNISHMENT. It is heavy abuse and it’s evil, evil, evil. I’m going to go sign that petition, and so help me, if you know of someone using this book, call Child Protective services immediately. The children of that cult family are now actually being rehabilitated because they grew up like robots. It’s a sick fucking book, okay? Sick. Let’s get this thing banned before it ruins anymore lives.
I am the way I am today because of this hideous thing. I cry every time someone even gently reprimands me. I’m afraid of cutting up in public because I think someone is going to hit me. Worst of all: It taught me to tolerate abuse, that I deserved abuse, and that if someone abused me, I was clearly in the wrong. I can’t possibly begin to tell you how dangerous it has been for me. Thanks to people around me who were raised right, I am only now starting to learn to stand up for myself and that, no, I am not an idiot who deserves verbal, physical, emotional, or mental abuse. I am not just a child who will forever be subject to her power-hungry mother.
Most of all… Children are not animals. And really, who the fuck even treats an animal like that??? Please, if you reblog one thing from me, please let it be this. I don’t want anyone else to go through what I did.
What even is this? Signed signed signed!
I am not sure why this has not been slapped down for being illegal. It is shockingly bad, I have been reading the stories linked to it.
I saw this and I got sick to my stomach. How can ANY book claim to uphold Biblical principals and promote the beating and abuse of children?!
What the Bible DOES say about parenting:
"So, in everything, do unto others as you have them do unto you. This sums up the Law and the prophets." Matt 7:12
"Fathers do not exasperate your children. Instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord." Ephesians 6:12
"Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged." Colossians 3:21
"But we are gentle among you, like mother caring for her little children." 1 Thessalonians 2:7
"Be completely humble and gentle, be patient, bearing with one another in love." Ephesians 4:12
"Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently…" Galatians 6:1a
Jesus himself asked: “What do you prefer? Should I come to you with a whip, or in love and with a gentle spirit?” 1Cor 4:21
Disciple is to TEACH. To train by instruction and practice. How is hitting your child practicing or teaching desirable behaviors?
Lastly, the ‘rod’ in the old testament verses, is not in reference to a beating switch. The rod, or “shebet” is a walking stick, used by the head of family. It was used by shepherds to guide their sheep along. The verse that people use to justify hitting their children is “Do not withhold discipline from a child, if you punish him with the rod, he will not die. Punish him with the rod and save his soul from death.” Proverbs 23:12
How much sadness we would avoid if people understood what they were reading! Loosely summarized, this verse means that the parents should not spare teaching and disciplining their children, that sometimes its hard and annoying, but they will be fine. The rod symbolizes their authority as parents, not a beating stick!
As a mom, and a Christian, it makes my stomach churn to see parents justify abusing their children with the Bible. Stop, and actually read and research what it says. If you hold no credit to the Bible, then luckily for you, there are thousands and thousands of child development experts that have concluded that any physical harm to a child is permanently damaging.
If you want to read more, check out. “Positive Discipline” by Jane Nelson or “Parenting with Love and Logic” by Jim Fay.
I don’t usually re-blog this kind of thing but this is really bad. Please read the comments, especially the one from the person who was subject to the “teachings” of this manual of child abuse, and SIGN the petition!
This is disgusting.
I’ve already reblogged and signed the petition, but I’ll reblog it every day that it signs up on my dash. I didn’t grow up under the direct influence of this book, but it was well loved within the sub-culture I grew up in. :/
“I don’t want to talk about those things. I see the worst in people. I don’t need to look past seeing them to get all I need. I’ve built my hatreds up over the years, little by little, Henry… to have you here gives me a second breath. I can’t keep doing this on my own with these… people.”
-Daniel Plainview, “There Will Be Blood”