I wasn't going to write about this issue, but haven't been able to get it out of my head since this morning's internet ramble with breakfast. I stumbled on a blog that linked to this site ironically called "No Greater Joy". The site amongst other things, advocates for physical discipline of children as the biblically mandated parental role. Specifically, it mentions using flexible piping and "switches" as implements on children even under one year of age. It is promoted as a means of training children, to defeat their will. It disturbed me, as it obviously has many other bloggers out there – eg Benediction blogs on. It hit the media in the UK recently in response to their books being made available. You can read one of the media releases here. It saddens me deeply to see the Bible used in this way, and unfortunately the broader Christian body is so readily tarred with the same brush. There is no escaping the fact that children need firm, clear and consistent boundaries to grow. But they do not need physical abuse, and using the bible to justify dominating children through using switches and bits of plastic piping is abhorrent.