Putting the obvious moron joke aside for one second, and lest you not be convinced that the author of this book advocates violence toward children, please watch Michael Pearl, the author of the above book in action.
Hideous. So, I guess this puts all his talk in the media last week about how a switch is just a quick spank and not a beating into perspective. And shows him to be a liar.
It would appear that Amazon have removed the paperback edition from their site. This is a start. But I feel the item should be removed in all formats. And I hope, based on the above video evidence, we’re all clear here – Michael Pearl DOES advocate violence towards children, and looks like he’s revelling in the attention.
Nadine Dorries MP asked House of Commons leader Andrew Lansley to bring the issue of a book that “advocates the beating of children” to Parliament, and hope to persuade Amazon to remove it from their website.
But Pearl is clearly revelling in this. This quote for example…
“I was delighted to hear that Parliament might ban my book, if they do, I will immediately advertise it as ‘the book banned in the UK’ and…we will end up selling another 100,000 books directly to the UK.”
…is plainly delusional. How, can a book sell more if it’s banned from sale? How can you sell something that can’t be sold? That would be illegal and it makes NO sense. Besides, Parliament is NOT banning anything. People, and lots of them, are asking retailers to withdraw this book from sale. This is not banning. I think the video shows Michael Pearl to be a dangerous, arrogant, posturing bully and not someone who’s parenting skills I would ever look to for guidance, or someone who’s views on parenting should be sold by some of the biggest companies in the world.
Banning this book is not the issue and never has been, despite how the media reported this last week. I was interviewed by two radio stations and both wanted to talk about banning the book and both wanted to turn this into a debate on smacking children. I reminded them the issue was about persuading responsible retailers to withdraw from stock an irresponsible book. It was not about banning a book. And I will continue to do this because while Amazon are no longer selling the paperback edition they ARE still selling the Kindle edition, so their measures are half-hearted as the content is the same. Why withdraw one and not the other? Riddle me that.
So Amazon, and Apple, and other online retailers, I urge you remove this item from sale, fully, and then Michael Pearl and his abhorrent views advocating violence towards children will hopefully disappear, with no oxygen to fan the flames of his despicable rhetoric. I hope the media who are giving him a mouthpiece, and Amazon and Apple and other retailers who are selling this book and reaping the profits, remember that this is about the protection and safeguarding of children, and nothing else. Any book that advocates violence towards babies, encourages hitting 4 month old children with sticks, under whichever form of theological camouflage, is immoral and offensive.
I’m looking to email people within Amazon directly this week, and hope to get a response explaining their veiwpoint. So watch this space. And if you know someone in Amazon or Apple who I can contact directly, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m including some links to things I’ve seen in the press about this and my original posts to Amazon and Apple. If you’ve seen anything else then please let me know in the comments section.
Thanks for all your help with this issue. Getting it withdrawn from sale in one form is a start and we ALL did this. And if you wish to help continue with this campaign then please copy and paste the following into your tweet box and tweet and RT the heck out of it.
Dear @amazon & @jeffblackburn please REMOVE from sale in ALL FORMATS ‘To Train Up A Child.’
Please RT if you agree.
Many thanks for your help and if you do have any further links to media pieces, or any advice as to how we can continue with this, then please let me know.