In 1977, Dobson wrote a book called Dare To Discipline, whose purpose was, essentially, to get parents to beat their children.
In his book Dobson glorified a sadomasochistic/spiritual ritual of “discipline.” He said he wanted to stop a “liberal” trend in America that was moving away from the godly thrashing of infants. He wanted to help “restore” America to God and the good old days of child hitting. This fit in well with the notion of God as retribution-in-chief that evangelicals endorse.
A Terrifying Trend
This is a terrifying trend. Perhaps with the prosecution of the parents who on September 29 were charged with homicide by abuse after the death of their child, the cruel logic behind this discipline will be brought to light.
I hope so. As someone who was brought up in the Church of England, I have to question how these child disciplinarians can be called “religious.”
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