Calls for child beatings book ban

Conservative MP Nadine Dorries has called for Amazon to stop selling a book that advocates beating children under a year old with paddles, rulers and implements fashioned from trees.

Author 'delighted' over calls to ban his parenting book

The author of a book that advocates beating children under a year old with paddles said he was "delighted" to discover a Tory MP was calling for it to be banned on Amazon's website.

Michael Pearl told BBC Radio 5 Live that if the book is removed from the retailer's website, he will "advertise it as 'the book banned in the UK'".

Conservative MP Nadine Dorries asked the Commons yesterday if Parliament could apply pressure on Amazon to remove To Train Up A Child.

Mr Pearl told the radio station: "I was delighted to hear that Parliament might ban my book, if they do, I will immediately advertise it as 'the book banned in the UK' and...we will end up selling another 100,000 books directly to the UK."

"The British defeated the Nazi's with planes and tanks and now they stoop to defeating ideas with censorship," he added.

Dorries: Parenting book 'advocates beating of children'

Conservative MP Nadine Dorries asked House of Commons leader Andrew Lansley to bring the issue of a book that "advocates the beating of children" to Parliament in a bid to pressurise Amazon into removing it from their website.

I'm rising to ask you if you can use your good office to apply pressure on an issue which has come to my attention in the last 24 hours.

It's regarding a book which is for sale on Amazon called To Train Up A Child by Michael and Debi Pearl. It actually advocates the beating of children under the age of 12 months using a switch.

The book recommends that switch be cut from a willow tree and be no longer than 12 inches in length and 8cm in diameter.

The book advocates the use of paddles, rulers and other means to beat children from four months onwards.

– Nadine Dorries, Conservative MP

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MP urges Amazon to ban parenting 'child beatings' book

Conservative MP Nadine Dorries has urged Amazon to remove a book that advocates beating children under a year old with paddles, rulers and implements fashioned from trees.

Tory MP Nadine Dorries has urged Amazon to ban the book To Train Up A Child. Credit: PA

The controversial book To Train Up A Child should be taken off the online retailer's website as it advocates child abuse, Ms Dorries said.

The book's authors, Debi and Michael Pearl, run their own No Greater Joy Christian ministry and Mr Pearl describes himself as a "pastor, missionary, and evangelist for over 40 years", according to his website.

Ms Dorries asked Commons leader Andrew Lansley to bring the issue to Parliament to apply pressure on Amazon to remove the book, first published in 1994, from sale.