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Ways to make a difference

LJ-SEC: (ORIGINALLY POSTED BY [info]crazyjane13)

Like many people, I suspect, I've been following [info]dogemperor's DailyKos essays on aspects of Dominionist life with equal parts horror, nausea and outrage.

After today's essay on Dominionist child abuse and (urgh) "Purity Balls", I started following a bunch of links and found Stop the Rod, a Christian site that is actively trying to raise awareness about the terrible things going on in Dominionist homes under the name of "Christian discipline".

One thing they asked visitors to the site to do was to read quotes from some of the more infamous books by Dominionist "child training" authors, and write reviews on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. This seemed like a fine idea to me, especially after reading over 100 quotes that pretty much confirmed everything that's already been said about these dangerous lunatics, so off I trotted to Amazon and wrote my own reviews.

There are a few people who have done this, it seems. The trick is getting the tone right and not letting the (entirely justifiable) anger swamp the review. What disturbed me, though, were the number of positive reviews from people extolling the virtues of authors who advocate sleep deprivation, beating, humiliation and all sorts of torture as a good way to bring up kids.

So here's my suggestion - go take a look at Stop the Rod and read the quotes and excerpts. Or go to Amazon and use the "look inside" on people like Lisa Whelcel, James Dobson and their ilk. Then write a review that spells out for anyone browsing exactly how dangerous it is.

Yes, it's a small thing, and there's no way to know how effective it will be. But it seems to me that - as informed, concerned people who are truly scared and disgusted by what's going on - we can make a real point here. And if it puts one person off buying the book and giving those psychos any more royalties, it's worth it.

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