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May 2008
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An interesting resource or two found over weekend browsing...

Interesting note the first:

Apparently we aren't the only ones who are working on a "translation dictionary" for Avengelical-speak (aka the redefinition of common terms that occurs in dominionist groups and coercive religious groups affiliated with dominionism)...

http://www.religioustolerance.org/evan_dic.htm actually has a list of some of the more common terms and redefinitions used in dominionist groups.

Needless to say, it's far from complete, but is helpful (and our efforts may well be helpful to them as well, as religioustolerance.org has generally been unfriendly to dominionists).

Fun with a particular method of punishment in the Southeast US which is now being promoted (along with "chastening rods"): hot-saucing of kids...

http://www.religioustolerance.org/spankin9.htm
http://blog.au.org/2004/08/suffer_the_litt.html
http://www.woai.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=94B7E7A8-E623-41F1-A610-5C67640DDACC
http://www.klas-tv.com/Global/story.asp?S=2221106&nav=168XQFcF
http://www.nospank.net/n-m97r.htm
http://www.nospank.net/n-m92r.htm
http://i.abcnews.com/GMA/story?id=127608&page=1
http://www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=2&aid=70097
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A52899-2004Aug9.html
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A52909-2004Aug9.html
http://www.jesusonthefamily.org/TAKE%20ACTION.htm (from a Christian website condemning the practice)
http://www.suite101.com/discussion.cfm/3784/108802

Yes, they're literally putting hot-sauce in kids' mouths--kids as young as three, and for things like sassing or cursing. (I actually remember a very similar practice in my youth, only with the use of banana peppers. I think it may have backfired in my case, as I'm quite the chilihead now (mmm, habaneros), but not too fun when you're a kid at any rate.)

Tabasco, it should be noted, Officially Does Not Approve At All:

Tabasco is the proprietary name of a single brand of sauce, made by the McIlhenny Co. of Avery Island, La. The owners of the company condemn the use of their products for child discipline. In an interview, company president Paul McIlhenny called the practice "strange and scary" and "abusive."


At least the DelMarVa area seems to agree with the makers of Tabasco that the practice is abusive:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A52909-2004Aug9.html

(Yes, "hot tongue" on your kids will at the least prompt an investigation by child welfare services in Virginia, Maryland and DC.)

"Creative Correction" provides long lists of scriptural passages that, in Whelchel's view, justify a variety of disciplinary practices.

There's other oddities in this little dominionist childrearing guide:

For example, she quotes the Book of Proverbs -- "The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but a perverse tongue will be cut out" -- and follows with this suggestion: "A short pinch by a clothespin on the tongue can discourage foul language."


Sadly, this sort of childrearing advice is very common in dominionist communities :P

It should be noted that one of the major promoters of "hot saucing" as noted above is James Dobson, as in the fellow who runs Focus on the Family--who has also, as an aside, a href="http://www.nospank.net/n-n84r.htm">promoted the use</a> of "chastening rods" on kids as young as 18 months old, and who actually documented the blatant beating of his family dog as an example of how children's spirits should be broken.

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