As one reader pointed out in a comment on my earlier post, Change.org has a petition to Amazon asking it not to carry books that advocate violence toward children—that is, corporeal punishment. I see this as an issue of imminent harm, which trumps free speech, and had no compunction about signing the petition. It asks Amazon to review its books and not carry ones that advocate beating children. The language seems reasonable:
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…
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