Spare the Rod; Spoil the Child: Christian Sanctioned Child Abuse, Or Good Parenting?


Man, look…

I don’t think you can get a proper ass whipping unless Jesus is involved in there somewhere. Either you’re getting your ass whipped because you broke some make believe psuedo-religious rule like being caught with nail polish on because “its a sin”; or you broke a regular rule that you knew you shouldn’t have; or maybe you’re behaving like some type of homo by crying or behaving too ‘girly’; or you could just be getting beat because you need to be beat because you’re evil and you need to learn.

That is the tenent of the Bible isn’t it?

You’re all fucked up and deserve whatever abuse that happens to you because you didn’t love God enough for him to treat you well.

The logic goes that if you’ll just do as “HE” tells you to do, no matter how retarded and unrealistic HIS ‘rules’ are. If you are smart and obey him you’ll get to hang out at the big happy buffet table in Neverneverland aka Heaven once your dead and if you are real lucky you’ll get to suffer a lot on Earth….so you can party even hard-er in Heaven. It’s an exchange program of some sorts.

Swap out God and replace it with Dad and you’ve got yourself a person who feels justified in handing out punishment for any indiscretion real or imagined.


Whatever the reason, my point is that the many people who are familiar with the church are also familiar with the routine beatings and mental abuse that goes along with living a life in the exalted love and light of Jesus.

Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz of Paradise, California, are accused of murdering their 7-year-old adopted daughter during a “discipline session.” The couple is also charged with the torture of their 11-year-old adopted daughter and cruelty to a child for signs of bruising discovered on their 10-year-old biological son.

The parents allegedly used a 15 inch length of plastic tubing used for plumbing to beat the children, a practice recommended in the book “To Train Up a Child” by Michael and Debi Pearl of “No Greater Joy Ministries.”

Debi and Michael Pearl

The book “To Train Up a Child” is the newest vehicle to spread this disgusting and ignorant treatment of children. It’s a best seller and also published in many languages and distributed all around the world.

Yup, these home schooling hillbillies with no formal education between the two of them are the Oprah Winfrey of ‘real’ Christian parenting and their teachings may have contributed to the death of a little Black girl who was beatten to death for mispronouncing a word.

When her and her siblings were adopted from an orphanage in Liberia I bet this wasn’t the life they had envisioned. Her White foster parents beat her to the point where her body resembled the injuries of someone found in an avalanche or earthquake.

Yeah, she had that many bruises.

The girls, Lydia and Zariah, were adopted from a Liberian orphanage three years ago along with a baby sister.  The couple’s six biological children reported that they had been beaten with the same plumbing supplies but none to the extent of the two girls, who were allegedly “disciplined” for hours at a time.  The other children reportedly told investigators the parents blamed the 11-year-old for “being a bad influence” on her younger siblings.

Eleven year-old Zariah is listed in critical condition at the Sacramento children’s hospital, suffering from kidney failure and other injuries. She is undergoing dialysis treatment in hopes it will help her organs recover.

I would like to sit here and tell you that this is a singular instance of crazy Christian child abuse but it’s not. A quick Google search found this little gem on the Landover Baptist Church site; here are a few pointers taken from a ‘true Christian approach’ to parenting.

3. Find a comfortable place to sit and ask your child to come over and have a seat on your lap. Act as if there is nothing amiss. We suggest that you smile or wink at your child. If it is your daughter, say “Come on over here and sit on daddy’s lap, sweet heart. I want to talk to my little angel for a minute.” If it is your son, we suggest you say,“Hey there, sonny – how’s Dad’s little quarterback? Come on over here and sit on my lap for a minute and let’s talk about Jesus.”

4. As soon as you have the child on your lap, clench his hands so that he cannot move.  Immediately flip the child over so that his stomach is across your knees. If the child struggles, give him a good whack across the back of his head and tell him to shut up. Whisper in his ear, “You’re going to get a whole lot worse from Jesus, you rebellious, hateful, little sissy!”

I’m of the belief that it takes a certain type of mental deficiency to follow religion anyway. It doesn’t take a long stretch for a person of questionable mental capacity to spin themselves into a self justifying tyrant.

I’m actually not being fair by blaming this on Christ because religious justified child abuse is present among most religious beliefs. Islam is very tolerant of physical abuse because like the Bible, the Koran implies permission to do so is neatly tucked away in the pages by the men who wrote it.

This country is also split on how and when religious beliefs supersede the child’s right to protection under the US constitution. If a child becomes ill and their parents choose to do nothing more than pray for them and the child dies, are the parents protected because they followed their religious beliefs?

The answer might shock you but since I was raised in the church none of this shocks me. Now that you look at it, monolithic religions and the people that follow them aren’t as wholesome, moral and innocent as was first implied.

Space the rod; spoil the child, indeed. Stop by the Facebook page of the author to see what he has to say about your nerve to question their child rearing methods.