Thank you so much for the information on this site about religion and discipline. As a Christian mother it is important for me to raise my children with biblical principles. However, I have never felt that God wants me to spank my children and I have always interpreted the rod as a tool to be used for guidance and instruction, not a weapon.
There is a big push in my church to read and follow the parenting book, "To train up a child." I read the book and became outraged that people could follow this guide to child abuse. I have lost friendships in my church for openly not supporting this. This past Sunday the senior pastor of my church made an announcement about a seminar this author had and many people in our church attended, including some pastors and elders. I can not believe how many otherwise intelligent people are being brainwashed by this.
I am printing the information on your site (www.stophitting.org), enough copies for everyone in my church who is endorsing this book. I am looking for another church that does not advocate child abuse. This will be my last Sunday at my current church. (I am committed to teaching Sunday School.)