Refuse to carry books which advocate the physical abuse of children.
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Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO
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Refuse to carry books which advocate the physical abuse of children.

    1. Petition by

      George Holden

      Dallas, TX

Currently there are several books available to buy on Amazon (both .com and .co.uk) that advocate, endorse and advise on parenting methods that involve the physical abuse of children. Examples of titles include To Train Up A Child, by Michael and Debi Pearl; Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp; and Don't Make Me Count to Three by Ginger Plowman.

Such books, and others like them, promote behaviour which is abusive of children. All of the above books advocate the use of a rod and other implements on children under one.

Such behaviour is abusive to children, and it is also 'offensive', which is contrary to Amazon's Content Guidelines.

It may well also be illegal, as it seems to go far beyond the 'reasonable chastisement' currently sanctioned by law in the UK, (where this petition originated) and in many US States. Not only is beating on a regular basis with a rod likely to leave a mark, which is illegal in the UK, it is also likely to amount to inhuman or degrading treatment, which is a breach of human rights.

We wish Amazon to urgently review their decision to stock any book or other product which advises the physical abuse of children.

To read more go to: http://mamamule.blogspot.com/2011/08/amazon-we-find-child-abuse-offensive.html

FOR AN UP TO DATE LIST OF 'NOTABLE SIGNATORIES', including leading experts in Children's Rights, Psychology, Child Development, and Religious Child Maltreatment, please see: http://mamamule.blogspot.com/2011/11/amazon-petition-look-whos-signing.html

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    News

    1. Reached 100,000 signatures
    2. Fox News further covers the story:

      Milli Hill
      Petition Organizer

      More coverage and mention of this petition and its support from leading child advocates across the world.

    3. Prof George Holden talks to Fox4News about this petition

      Milli Hill
      Petition Organizer

      Psychology Professor George Holden, a leading expert in families, child corporal punishment, and founding member of the U.S Alliance to End the Hitting of Children, talks to Fox4News about To Train up a Child and why he has signed this petition.

    4. The Petition now calls for a Total Boycott

      Milli Hill
      Petition Organizer

      Due to the lack of response from Amazon to this petition, we are now asking signatories to boycott Amazon until further notice.

    5. Reached 10,000 signatures
    6. Shouldn't We All Be Free To Buy Whatever Books We Like...?

      Milli Hill
      Petition Organizer

      Issues around censorship and freedom of speech explored by the petition organiser:

    7. Reached 9,000 signatures
    8. The Child Rights International Network Lend Support to this Campaign!

      Milli Hill
      Petition Organizer

      CRIN's inspiration is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which it uses to bring children's rights to the top of the international agenda. CRIN presses for rights, not charity, and advocates for a genuine systemic shift in how governments and societies view children. More than 2,100 organisations in 150 countries rely on CRIN's publications, research and information.

    9. Leading Experts, Thinkers and Campaigners Sign This Petition!

      Milli Hill
      Petition Organizer

      For a list of High Profile Supporters, click on the link...

    10. Reached 7,000 signatures
    11. Latest Blog Post from Petition Creator, The Mule

      Milli Hill
      Petition Organizer

      This post includes my response to the petition's week in the news, plus the very latest statement from To Train up a Child authors, Michael and Debi Pearl.

    12. With Thanks to Pamela Luca

      Milli Hill
      Petition Organizer

      Pamela Luca has been running a petition with a similar aim, to ask Amazon not to stock To Train Up A Child, via this site, change.org. She had already raised over 250 signatures, so I contacted her yesterday to ask how she would feel about 'merging' our petitions. Pamela responded immediately and was happy to help. She has now closed her petition after informing all her signatories to sign here instead.
      Pamela began her petition because she is adopted and felt moved by the stories of other adopted children who have died, and in which the advice in To Train up a Child has been implicated.
      She felt it was a 'personal duty' to act.
      I am extremely grateful to her for supporting this petition in this way.

    13. Lisa Belkin: Huffington Post: Can Adoption Lead to Child Abuse?

      Milli Hill
      Petition Organizer

      Another great article from the Huffington Post which links to this petition.

    14. Reached 6,000 signatures
    15. Huffington Post: Frank Schaeffer: Religion and Child Abuse

      Milli Hill
      Petition Organizer

      The best of a crop of articles sparked by the New York Times feature. All articles are generating debate on this important subject and driving people to sign this petition.

    16. Reached 5,000 signatures
    17. Yahoo.com Article: Pastor's Corporal Punishment Advice Scrutinized

      Milli Hill
      Petition Organizer

      as with the New York Times, this article contains a link to this petition and is currently on the front page of yahoo.com

    18. Reached 4,000 signatures
    19. Preaching Virtue of Spanking, Even as Deaths Fuel Debate

      Milli Hill
      Petition Organizer

      This story in the New York Times includes a link to this petition.

    20. Reached 2,500 signatures
    21. The Amazon Petition can now be followed on Facebook and Twitter

      Milli Hill
      Petition Organizer

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    22. Reached 2,000 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Rebecca Prieur SEARS, MI
      • 8 months ago

      I am a Mother and Grandmother...

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    • Rachele Reynolds MOUNT HUTTON, AUSTRALIA
      • 8 months ago

      Children should be loved...and this is NOT love.

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    • Therese Hunkin PAGO PAGO, AS
      • 8 months ago

      Because Amazon books reach millions of people. It's time to gain understanding of proper methods of guiding children.

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    • Stefanie Mousseau CHICAGO, IL
      • 8 months ago

      ARE YOU SERIOUS? SELLING A CHILD ABUSE BOOK? I NEED TO BELIEVE YOU WILL PULL THIS IMMEDIATELY OR I FOR ONE WILL CANCEL MY MEMBERSHIP WITH PRIME AND LIVE WITHOUT AMAZON AT ALL AND TELL EVERYONE I KNOW.

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    • RObert Wilson PITTSBURGH, PA
      • 8 months ago

      Raising child in an intentional environment of fear is inconsistent with any credible Christian Parenting approach....

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