You may have noticed the "Why Not Train A Child" button on the side of my blog. If not, let me draw your attention to it now and to the issue it represents. The book To Train Up A Child, written by Micheal Pearl is, simply put, a child abuse manual. In the book, he tells parents to use a plumbing supply line to beat their children into submission, starting as young as 6 months old, and claims that this is Biblical advise. Several children have died as a result of their parents following the methods in this book. I could go on, but thanks to the work of Linda at Why Not Train A Child, I can just send you there where many bloggers have covered the book in depth.
Please take the time to read the information on her site, if you are not already familiar with this book. Then if you are outraged, there is something you can do! Here is the facebook page of the petition to Amazon asking them to stop selling this book. Here is the petition itself. And the blog of the woman who started the petition. The purpose of the petition is to pressure Amazon to stop selling the book (and other similar books), so that it will not be so readily available to parents who are desperately seeking godly answers and might fall into this very ungodly trap. Hopefully, it will also encourage them to look into WHY they can't find the book easily, and perhaps they will stumble across better information in the process.
You may find that there are some people who do not support the book, but also don't support the petition. They believe that this is censorship and that free speech should apply to anything, even the promotion of child abuse. And they are right! The government has NO place censoring this book. This petition, however, is asking a PRIVATE business to stop selling it, because it violates the business's own policy of what they will carry. This is Amazon customers informing Amazon of their demands. It's no different than a customer speaking with the owner of a local bookstore about their choice to carry a book that is dangerous and reprehensible.
Please sign the petition! And please spread the word via your blog or facebook page!