Remove the book "To Train Up a Child" by Michael and Debi Pearl
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Remove the book "To Train Up a Child" by Michael and Debi Pearl

    1. Amie Salter
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      Amie Salter

      Malibu, CA

This book is atrocious. It has been linked to the deaths of three children, Lydia Schatz, Hana Williams and Sean Paddock. This book teaches "discipline" in the form of child abuse, neglect and torture. As a long time customer of Amazon, I was shocked to see that this is sold through their company. No one should advocate that a child should be whipped or spanked into submission as this book does. 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."

 As you can see from this article, this book has been linked with these deaths.

Why would anyone support this kind of parenting? Why isn't someone doing something about it? Please join me in this fight. Amazon please remove this horrible book immediately.


if you have not read the book and would like more insight on the terrible teachings, please view this video:

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    1. Let's keep this going!

      Amie Salter
      Petition Organizer

      Many people have reached out to us and joined our Facebook group "One Million Hands" help garner more support for this petition. We NEED your help to get this book removed from Amazon! Our petition has been featured in several news articles, see one here:

      We need our supporters to reach out to Amazon. We have over 115,000 signatures and if every single person emailed Amazon that would SURELY get their attention. Please take a moment out of your day to reach out to Amazon and share your opinion about this book and why Amazon should remove it. (AMZN) Spanked For Christian Parenting Book 'To Train Up A Child,' Which Critics Say Teaches Child Abuse

      nid:1521432]] Parents and child-safety advocates have a message for Amazon: Spare the rod, save the children. Thousands of petitioners are calling on Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) to remove a controversial pro-spanking book they say has been linked to the deaths of at least three children.

    2. Reached 100,000 signatures
    3. Books don't kill children, parents do.

      Amie Salter
      Petition Organizer

      Many people have opposed this petition, writing me messages asking me to remove my petition, following the idea that this book doesn't kill children, parents do. While many of us can probably agree that this book itself does not hold direct blame for the deaths of children, I think we can all agree that the writers hold some responsibility. I read a very moving article recently from a mother who used to follow the Pearls' teachings. You can read it here:

      The author states, "We were looking for confirmation that some part of this system worked."

      While this book does not directly kill children, it takes the accountability away, offering reassurance that hitting children into obedience is a valid form of parenting.

      Corpses Don't Rebel: A former follower of Michael Pearl's "To Train Up A Child" reacts to the death of Hana Williams

      Trigger Warning: This article contains graphic descriptions of infant and child abuse. httpv:// This piece was submitted by No Longer Quivering member, "ExPearlSwine" - who understandably wishes to share her story anonymously. The death toll from parents following Michael and Debi Pearl's teachings continues to mount.

    4. Ignore the ad!

      Amie Salter
      Petition Organizer

      Oops! I had no idea an ad for amazon would show up in the news feed if I included the websites URL. That wasn't my intention to promote their site in a positive way!

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      Amie Salter
      Petition Organizer

      Our petition was promoted by a supporter in New York and we couldn't be more grateful! If you support this fight, please consider promoting this petition. We will keep you informed on all communications between the petition organizers and, which so far have been futile. But we won't give up! Online Shopping for Electronics, Apparel, Computers, Books, DVDs & more

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    6. Reached 75,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Zayaan Noorani ARNHEM, NETHERLANDS
      • about 11 hours ago

      The content of this book (and probably more of Pearl's books) is absolutely disgusting.

      • about 23 hours ago

      I was physically abused as a child, and it left me with deep emotional scars. So the fact that this incredibly harmful, twisted book of archaic child rearing is actually on sale at makes my blood boil.

      • 1 day ago

      The people who wrote this book are horrific! There's enough evil in the world without this nonsense!

      • 1 day ago

      this is a book that should be banned totally. The author should be prosecuted and jailed. Disgusted, appalled, horrified....don't do enough to explain my feelings.

    • Taylor Arceneaux ELLICOTT, MD
      • 2 days ago

      This is something that can't be overlooked.


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