Petition to Amazon about books advocating child abuse


Why Evolution Is True

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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  1. I saw the original posting on ‘Why Evolution is True’ regarding this and other books. I find it amazing to note that Amazon is completely ignoring it’s own site policy, in particular the last line:

    Offensive Products

    Listings for items that Amazon deems offensive are prohibited on Amazon.com. Amazon reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of listings on its site, and remove any listing at any time.

    Reminder: all listings and products must comply with all laws and regulations.

    I have emailed Jeff Bezos personally and his exec team, several times giving all the relevant information and links to show that by selling this book and others of it’s ilk, they are in fact breaking the law in the UK.

    The law in the UK states quite clearly that you can smack a child with an open hand only, the use of an implement of any kind is illegal.

    Now for those who write or sell or pass on the book to others there is this law.

    The relevant statute law is section 8 Accessories and Abettors Act 1861 as amended by Schedule 12 Criminal Law Act 1977 which provides as follows: ‘whosoever shall aid, abet, counsel or procure the commission of any indictable offence whether the same be an offence at common law or by virtue of any act passed or to be passed shall be liable to be tried, indicted and punished as a principal offender’.

    The petition for me is not about silencing people’s rights to freedom of speech, it’s about obeying the laws of the country in which I live, namely England. By continuing to sell the books above Amazon is breaking the laws of this country.

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