I can’t believe monsters like this exist.

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Three kids have what?
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“Larry and Carri Williams received the maximum prison sentences allowable under the law after being found guilty of beating and starving their adopted daughter Hana to death. The methods they used to “discipline” their daughter were advocated in the controversial Christian book [To Train Up a Child].”

You have got to be fucking kidding me. People are reading some book that tells them to beat and starve their children as a form of “discipline”, and kids are dying because of it? Is this article even real?!

“The couple is the third set of parents to be found guilty of killing their children by following the teachings of the book, which is commonly given out in churches and sent for free to military families. Many other parents have been found guilty of child abuse and torture for following the advice of the Pearls, and it is unknown how many other children’s deaths could be tied to the books.”

I can’t … I can’t even …
I can’t wrap my head around this.
I can’t believe that three children have already died, and this book is still being passed around toted as Christian garbage. How anyone can advocate such a horrible form of “discipline” is just … It’s …

These people are fucking monsters. Plain and simple: they are monsters. It doesn’t take much to read this article and think, “Okay, this is just plain wrong.”

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Gee, what an adorable cover for a book that’s been killing children.

As of today, Michael and Debi Pearl, the creators of this awful book, are making an estimated $1.7 goddamn million a year selling this trash. What the flying crap is that?! I mean, look at the shit that’s in this fucking book, guys. Just look at it.

Some of the discipline techniques the Pearls teach include:

  • Using plastic tubing to beat children, since it hurts a lot but leaves fewer marks to alert authorities
  • Wearing the plastic tubing around the parent’s neck as a constant reminder to obey
  • “Swatting” babies as young as six months old with instruments such as “a 12-inch willowy branch,” thinner plastic tubing or a wooden spoon
  • “Blanket training” babies by hitting them with an instrument if they try to crawl off a blanket on the floor
  • Beating older children with rulers, paddles, belts and larger tree branches
  • “Training” children with pain before they even disobey, in order to teach total obedience
  • Giving cold water baths, putting children outside in cold weather and withholding meals as discipline
  • Hosing off children who have potty training accidents
  • Inflicting punishment until a child is “without breath to complain.”

The fact that people are making money off of this backwater crap just blows my goddamn mind. The fact that children have already died because of the teachings in this book is crazy. Really, society? Really?

I’m not one for censorship, usually. In fact, I’m sure I’ve written several posts on the subject here on my blog. But when it comes to something like this, I mean … What is there to think twice about?

Amazon is selling these books. And I get it — it’s totally legal to sell trash. But to me, just the idea that Amazon is putting money into the pockets of these monsters is absolutely sickening. I am appalled. I am disgusted. I am moved to write an entire fucking blog post on this thing (admittedly, with several parts of it scraped from the Examiner article mentioned earlier). And I am urged to tell all of you, my wonderful readers, to please, please, sign this goddamn petition.

Here. Click this thing. Sign it.

What does it do? It politely asks Amazon to please take this garbage off of their shelves. Scroll down through the loads of signatures already attached to the petition and you’ll see just how many people are as outraged by this as I am (and hopefully as outraged by it as you now are). We get it. Amazon isn’t a bad company, blah blah blah. But this isn’t about that. It’s about the advocation of child abuse. It’s about putting a stop to funding these terrible ideas. It’s about being a decent human being.

Sign the petition.
Spread awareness of the article.
Post about it on your Facebook page.
Tweet it.
Google+ it.

Just … Spread the word. Spread the word in any way that you can. Spread the word that this sort of shit is not tolerated. Not be me, and definitely not by you. And hopefully, by raising awareness about the Pearls and their awful books, we can start to bring about change.

- Cheri

  • Banzi

    As an adoptee, it pains me….

  • Aaron

    Very disturbing. Thanks for letting me know about this. I enjoy your blog, which, by the way, you don’t update often enough. It’s like you’re busy or something. Sheesh.