PETITION TO GOVERNOR HENRY TO STOP
We, the undersigned, urge the governor of Oklahoma, Brad Henry (D),
stop the manufacture and sale of "The Rod" by Slide's
Manufacturing Company of Eufaula, Oklahoma. The sole purpose of
"The Rod" is to whip babies and children.
Sales of "The Rod" encourage child abuse, and no
company should be making a profit from hurting children.
Petition started May 22, 2004 - Closed May 5, 2005
NOTE: Clyde and Twyla Bullock, who were responsible
for manufacturing, advertising, and selling "The Rod" to whip babies
and children, have decided to close their whip-making business, at
least for now. This petition is closed, unless it is discovered
that they have again started manufacturing, advertising, and/or selling
whips or other devices to beat babies and children.
We invite you to sign our other petition against devices that are still
being sold to whip babies and children, at this webpage: http://stoptherod.net
1. Stephen Lawrence, Arlington, MA, USA
"It's hard to believe that the sale of the these devices is
legal in this country. This should certainly be stopped."
2. Ramona Merlet, Orlando, FL, USA, Merlet Homeschool
3. Susan Lawrence, Arlington, MA, USA
"Please stop the manufacture and sale of these horrible
whips. It is absolutely appalling. Normal-thinking
individuals do not believe these whips are 'The means prescribed by
God.' I weep for the babies and children being whipped with 'The
Rod' and I believe Jesus does too!'"
4. Debbie Haskins, Denton, TX, USA
"As long as we as a society tolerate any kind of hitting of
children, for whatever reason, we will continue to have child abuse and
the ensuing injuries, disorders and deaths. Protecting children
on every level can only help to produce a kinder, wiser
society. When I am old, I hope our world will be led by
humans who have been nurtured and respected in their youths, not by
those who have been punished, hurt and filled with anger."
5. Jackie Holcombe, Morrisville, NC, USA, Homeschooling Mom of
Special Needs Child
"It would be nice if the manufacturer would also recall the
whips previously sold."
6. Cheryl McCoy, Round Rock, TX, USA
"This has got to be stopped."
7. Jennifer Riedy, Allentown, PA, USA
8. Tanya Wynne, Rosharon, TX, USA
"This is an instrument that if it was used on an animal it would
be animal cruelty, but this is now being allowed to be used on
defenseless children and it is considered a parent's right. How
sad that an animal has more rights than a child."
9. Dr. Teresa Whitehurst, Nashville, TN, USA
"You have a wonderful opportunity as Governor to be a friend of
children and an example for parents. We hope that you will take
action immediately to halt the manufacture of child-abuse weapons."
10. Norm Lee, Thatcher, AZ, USA, Parenting Without Punishing
"The beating of children is a vestige of our ugly history of
childrearing, one I myself suffered as a child in the Thirties.
Every stroke of that 'rod' will be paid for in the trauma suffered by
the child. Striking a child is a cowardly act, one that sentences
a child to lifetime suffering. Anyone in a position to prevent it
must do so. Please shut down the business of these misguided
people. Billions in taxes are already paying for the results, as
shown in crime, violence, broken families, mental health services, and
11. Karen Murray, Park City, UT, USA, Homeschooling Mom
12. Sue Murdock, Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA, mother
"I think it's sad that people believe they actually have to beat
their children into submission. I believe Jesus weeps every time
"The Rod" is used..."
13. Deirdre Chisholm Stephens, Portland, OR, USA
"It is hard to accept that in 2004 there are parents who still
believe violence is an acceptable part of raising children."
14. Jennifer Shaw, Olympia, WA, USA, mother
"The cycle of violence will never stop if people are advertising
and selling disgusting things such as "The Rod" and the ideas that go
15. Sarah Johnson, New York, NY, USA
"Barbaric and definitely NOT what Jesus would have used."
16. Crinna Burt, Corvallis, OR, USA, Mother of two
"This is not what Jesus intended for children."
17. Keith Lubell, New York, NY, USA, Parent
"'The Rod' helps to explain some of the bizaare pictures we are
seeing out of Abu Gharaib."
18. Kathleen Wolf, Arlington, MA, USA, RN
"Dear Gov. Henry, I do not live in your state but this rod is
being sold all over the country and is of great concern. Articles
in the magazine in which it is advertised (Home School Digest)
recommend the use of a rod for very, very young children. Here
are some direct quotes, 'It is much more effective to keep several rods
handy - one in every room - and be ready to administer one or two licks
within seconds of the transgression.' 'Those who wait until a
child is two or three to start spanking are definitely waiting too
long.' Please help to put a stop to this. Respectfully,
19. Adrianne Weremchuk, New York, NY, USA
"I'm shocked and appalled that it is legal to sell and use this
item to abuse children."
20. Cindy Bradbury, Fort Wayne, IN, USA, Christians for
21. Leila Yoder, Brunswick, GA, USA
"It is the duty of the state to protect all members of society,
including children, from violence and assault. The use of this
"rod" goes far beyond acceptable discipline or "spanking"--it is
assault, pure and simple."
22. Tom Johnson, Nashville, TN, USA, Parents and Teachers Against
Violence in Education (PTAVE)
"How does aplication of "The Rod" compare to scalding hot water
in terms of pain intensity? A medical doctor's opinion would be
23. Sarah Sheehan, Queensland, AUSTRALIA
24. Juliet Martinez, Chicago, IL, USA
"This is horrifying! I am sickened at the thought."
25. Donna Lomp, Newton, MA, USA, mother of two
"'The Rod' is barbaric. Child abuse is illegal.
Please stop it."
26. Debra Baker, Downington, PA, USA
"As a Christian and mother of eight children and a grandmother I
beg you to do what you can to end the making and marketing of a weapon
whose sole purpose is to beat young children. We are better than
27. Nadine Block, Columbus, OH, USA, Center for Effective
"Hitting small children with plastic whips is not only morally
abhorrent, it is dangerous to their physical safety. It's time to
get rid of them and to spend the time and effort helping parents with
effective, non-violent means of raising children to be caring,
responsible, and productive adults."
28. Thomas E. Sagendorf, Hamilton, IN, USA, Pastor
"Selling the Rod for adults to whip children is no different,
and no less harmful, than selling drugs to children."
29. Wade K. Meyer, Columbus, OH, USA, President, Orakem, Inc.
"With so many organizations, including the American Academy of
Pediatrics, opposed to corporal punishment, what will it take to
educate people? But, of course, Jesus came 2000 years ago and
showed us the way, and look how we still treat each other in this
30. Shannon Rizzo, Belmont, CA, USA
"The people who manufacture - and purchase these - should be
prosecuted for child abuse. There is no justification for this
product being in existence."
31. Adele Carson, Glendale, CA, USA
32. Linda Rosa, Loveland, CO, USA, RN
33. Andrea Bird, Waltham, MA, USA
"This represents child abuse, pure and simple. No company
should make a profit on children's pain."
34. Lindsey M. Ondrey Gruen, Dayton, OH, USA, Wright Patterson AFB
"I am appalled that this company would provide this product as a
"Christian" method of discipline. It is pure and simple child
abuse hiding behind misuse of Scripture. Hitting a child of any
age is horrendous and child abuse. If an adult were to hit
another adult with such an object, they would be arrested
immediately. Why is it that parents are being allowed to hit
their children with such things and have no repercussions? This
company has no morals and should stop production of such an object
35. Rosslyn Kooser, Baltimore, MD, USA, School psychologist
"Using any kind of whip, "rod", or other implement to physically
punish children in any way should be illegal in our civilized country."
36. Lisa Wilson, Lee's Summit, MO, USA
37. Brenda Eells, Lake Arrowhead, CA, USA
"I think the horror that is "The Rod" speaks for itself.
Please do everything in your power to see that a product made
specifically to hit infants and children is removed from the market."
38. Jake Terpstra, Grand Rapids, MI, USA
"If a child hits a child we call it aggression. If a child
hits an adult we call it hostility. If an adult hits an adult we
call it a crime. If an adult hits a child we call it
discipline. The word 'discipline' means 'to teach' and has the
same root as 'disciple.' Can you imagine Jesus hitting children?"
39. LaVonne Carlson, Ph.D./University of Minnesota, Minneapolis,
"Disgusting! A country that promotes family values and
nonviolence will not censor organizations that sell instruments of
torture of little children."
40. Jesse Wilson, Palo Alto, CA, USA, Senior Executive Management
"'Spare the rod, and spare the child,' please. The
beatings within my family have only split the family apart over the
years. Treat others as you would have them treat you."
41. MaryBeth West, Modesto, CA, USA, educator
"I'm saddened and amazed that this is acceptable to so many
people. Please shut down this company."
42. James C. Talbot, Granada Hills, CA, USA, Child Advocate
"The majority of chld abuse cases involving physical injury to
children occur duing acts of physical punishment...ESPECIALLY when
weapons are implemented to strike children. (By legal definition,
any object becomes a weapon when used to strike another.)"
43. Rachel Johnson, Kansas City, MO, USA, Author
"There are no words to describe the horror and sickness I feel
about 'The Rod.' There is no call EVER to whip a baby."
44. Al Crowell, San Francisco, CA, USA, Christians for Nonviolent
"If this isn't illegal it should be. California law makes
it illegal to hit a child with anything but the open hand. Even
spanking is so old fashioned and dangerous. Any state or country
that allows this form of child torture and
calling it loving is completely going in the wrong direction. We
have so many more effective and respectful ways of setting limits for
45. Doyle Weaver, Dallas, TX, USA, Citizens Against Corporal
"I still believe there may be a law against this sick, sadistic,
money making, evil market of hurting childrens' body and spirit in
order to cross the palms of the abusive peddlers with cash. If no
law is on the books, we need to file in court on the grounds of child
abuse and the promotion of child pornography. It is almost like
these whipping freaks are standing on the church house steps saying,
'Give me money for this tool to put stripes and bruises on the butts,
back and legs of your children and tell them that the pain or agony
they feel is "love."' Sick, sick. Maybe the real God will
chase them away as Jesus did when he found salesmen and peddlers using
the church for their deeds. One thing I know for sure and that is
that I would not want to be in their shoes when they stand before God
on Judgement Day. They need to fall on their knees and repent
before it is too late."
46. Lorena Bowen, Dallas, TX, USA
"We should report anyone we know who has used this rod to the
Child Protective Services. Why would any normal human being pay
money for something to hit a child with? They must already be in
an abusive state of mind when they order it. We must convince
Child Protective Services that the very act of paying money for
something to hit a child with is enough to warrant an
investigation. If CPS refuses to investigate, we must hold them
responsible when children are injured with this weapon."
47. Heather A. Rodriguez, Seattle, WA, USA
"1) The very idea of selling child abuse in a "cute little
package" is disgusting to me. 2) Saying it is the way of God is
only adding insult to injury. Spare the rod in the real context
of the bible is not talking about something to beat your children
with!!! It is a reference to guidance (often illustrated by the
Shepherd's Crook) which is used for herding and guiding sheep or
nudging them in the right direction. NOT BEATING THEM!!!!
3) Parents are their childrens' first role models; hitting teaches
hitting; children can't think like adults therefore can't understand
48. Sharon McDonald, Hueytown, AL, USA
"I am honestly speechless that such an item is available."
49. Robert McDonald, Hueytown, AL, USA
50. Nancy vonBargen, Norman, OK, USA
51. Jan Hunt, Sunriver, OR, USA, Natural Child Project
"All children behave as well as they are treated, and deserve to
learn compassion by example."
52. Sophia Sayigh, Arlington, MA, USA
53. Madeleine Y. Gomez, Ph.D., Evanston, IL, USA, President,
" Used against an adult, this would qualify as a deadly weapon -
children deserve the same rights to protection from violence as are
afforded the rest of us."
54. Janet OBrien, Evanston, IL, USA, Administrator, PsycHealth,
"This is not what Jesus would want!"
55. Claudette T. Silas, Maple Grove, MN, USA
"This kind of treatment is outrageous!"
56. Robin Bruscato, Chicago, IL, USA, New Bridge International
"Shocking! Please find my support to ban this instrument
of torture of children."
57. Dorothy M. Neddermeyer, PhD, Phoenix, AZ, USA, Executive
"Thank you for having the courage to speak against this
deplorable product. It is a known fact that hitting a child
causes damage to mind, body and spirit."
58. Kristi Hanson, Elgin, IL, USA
59. Pat LaCocque, Milwaukee, WI, USA, Greenfield School
"This is barbaric. We must teach peaceful, non-violent
resolution of problems. The "ROD" encourages a barbaric way of
dealing with children's behavior."
60. Francine Mojica, Evanston, IL, USA
61. Susan Wendelborg, Evanston, IL, USA, Case Manager, PsycHealth
"Please take the only appropriate action and ban this product."
62. Ernest Zambrano, Evanston, IL, USA, Comptroller/PsycHealth,
"It is very disturbing that in our society there are people who
believe that violently hitting a child is acceptable. Please stop
the manufacture of 'The Rod.'"
63. Israel Centron, Evanston, IL, USA, PsycHealth, Ltd.
64. Shivan Mehta, Evanston, IL, USA, Provider Relations,
65. Seth Ebeling, Fort Eustis, VA, USA, US Army
"The rod is sick, stop hurting children and start loving them!"
66. Daniel M. Potter, MS, Chicago, IL, USA, President, Potter
Center for Development
"This is absolutely outrageous."
67. Jennifer Simmons, Springville, UT, USA
"What a sick and disgusting tool of abuse. Used against
adults, the user would be prosecuted. Jesus would never NEVER hit
a child (or an adult, for that matter).
68. Katie M. Jones, Chicago, IL, USA, Coldwell Banker Residential
"I cannot believe such an item is being produced in this day and
69. Dr. Charles L. Kyle, Chicago, IL, USA, Principal, H.B. Stowe
Fine and Performing Academy
"I strongly oppose any form of corporal punishment or violence
70. Ren Allen, Pensacola, FL, USA, LIFE unschooling support group
"No matter what your religious or spiritual beliefs, it ought to
be appalling to all of us that children are treated as lesser
beings. Hitting of any kind needs to END today!"
71. Melanie Walenciak, Tulsa, OK, USA
"That someone has actually figured a way to profit from the
beating of a child.... well, it just breaks my heart. We cannot
let this continue. This is not the way the biblical rod was used!"
72. Doris N. Ayala, LFI, Chicago, IL, USA
"It would be wise for people to begin to consider the effects of
child abuse on our children. Using the rod is definitely a form
of child abuse."
73. Milva DcDonald, Medford, MA, USA
74. Christina Croft, Clearwater, FL, USA, Youth Director
"Is this thing for real? I just can't imagine the abusive
parent that would use such a horrible thing."
75. Carol Visser, Martin, MI, USA, Resource Families of Michigan
"I have fostered children for 21 years without having to resort
to corporal punishment. Psalm 23 states "thy rod and thy staff,
they comfort me" - referring to being led and guided by God's rod and
staff - not beaten by them."
76. Lisa-Marie Parsons, USA
77. Jordan Riak, Alamo, CA, USA, Executive Director, Parents and
Teachers Against Violence in Education
"I see no difference whatsoever between those who produce,
promote and distribute instruments of child torture and those who
produce, promote and distribute child pornography."
78. Christie Smith, Garner, NC, USA
"No child, or even DOG for that matter, should be subjected to
this kind of treatment!"
79. Cheryl Shoults, Arden, NC, USA
"'Training' is for dogs. Actually, dogs get better
treatment in this country than many children. It is time for us
to treat human children with dignity and respect. Please obtain a
list of everyone who has bought this implement of torture and have them
investigated for child abuse. Then arrest the manufacturers for
aiding and abetting the crimes."
80. Steve Coe, Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA
"This is despicable. If you hit an adult with such a
weapon (which is what this is) you would be charged with assault.
Anyone using this device on a child must be psychologically damaged."
81. Laurie A. Couture, M.Ed., Exeter, NH, USA, ChildAdvocate.org
"Corporal punishment is barbaric, draconian and the antithesis
to Jesus' teachings of love and non-violence. Anyone who calls
themselves non-violent, yet assaults chilren under the guise of
'discipline' is a hypocrite."
82. Don Fisher, Carson, WA, USA
83. Ann Lahrson Fisher, Carson, WA, USA
"All children deserve loving guidance and patient direction, not
84. Kay Brick, Redmond, WA, USA, Concerned Parent
"If we want society to become less violent, we must start with
our youngest members."
85. Donna Skiba, RN, Westchester, IL, USA
"Jesus teaches love not torture. We must stop violence in
our homes first then peace in the world will follow."
86. James Berkery, Berkeley Heights, NJ, USA, CIO
"I thought this product was a joke. There are plenty of
sick people in the world many of which, if not 'all' were abused.
Brad Henry - if your state allows such a device to be sold you are as
culpable as the manufacturer, distributer and advertisers that are
selling such an idiotic device."
87. Maria Simmons, Plantation, FL, USA
88. Pamela Miller, Frederick, MD, USA, Parent devoted to
"To date, no evidence has been discovered that suggests children
benefit from corporal punishment. Mountains of evidence exists,
however, indicating that corporal punishment hurts children and all of
society. Many people don't believe the research. Why?
People used to believe the earth was flat and cigarettes weren't
harmful too. Research is our best tool so believe it."
89. Margaret Goldstein, Jacksonville, FL, USA
"'The Rod' has nothing to do with sensible child rearing.
It is an instrument of cruelty and must be banned. Any parent
using 'The Rod' should be arrested on the spot, and I don't care if
they have 'Reverend' preceding their name."
90. Karla Smith, M.A., Alamo, CA, USA, Educational therapist
"It's a shame that this petition is even necessary. Shame
on those who made it so."
91. Mary L. Burke, RN, BSN, LBSW, Lisbon, IA, USA
"Allowing this company to continue to produce and market these
archaic torture devices is comopletely untenable. Frightening as
it is that there is enough of a market for them to even begin to stay
in business, it is even more frightening that it is sanctioned by
law. Would we tolerate it if it were advertised in order to train
our dogs? Our wives? NONSENSE."
92. Jim Sutton, Hemlock, NY, USA, On The Road Youth Ministry
93. & 94. Angel Lee and Glen Lee, AK, USA
"Jesus wouldn't hit a child; why would anyone else?"
95. Santash Kulkarni, WE, Pune, Maharashtra, INDIA
"Immediate steps are needed to stop such manufacturing companies
who promote child abuse. I am surprised how Govt. is silent on
this. I suggest that people should gather and arrange a Rally to
the Slide's works/governor's office to make an appeal to the
owner/governor to stop this manufacturing immediately."
96. Alicia Gauthier, Saint Clair, MI, USA
"Anyone who allows this product to be sold, used, or even
legal--they may as well be abusing children themselves. It's time
to put a stop to this!"
97. Anthony Neal Schneider, Sr., Universal City, TX, USA, Father
of 2 of God's Miracles in the Circle of Life
98. Hal Albert Smith, Danville, PA, USA, BS Economics Bloomsburg
"Please do not allow hitting babies with vicious objects."
99. Robin Grille, Sydney, NSW, AUSTRALIA, Psychologist
"I am totally disgusted. How dare these people sell this
instrument of torture. They are making money from child abuse."
100. Alice Sheehan, Boca Raton, FL, USA, Mom
"I think it's deplorable. Children are our future.
What right does anyone have to strike another person's child? My
son was hit by his music teacher and I'm still trying to get justice
for him. That teacher still works at the school and now my kids
have to go to a new school. It's not right for anyone to hit our
101. Herve Colas, Evreux, FRANCE, Nospank.org regular reader
"Disgusting, cruel, sadistical, stupid, IQ = 0... This is
what this weapon makes me think about the ones who sell it and the ones
who use it."
102. Magen Smalley, St. Clair, MI, USA
"Child abuse is wrong!"
103. Brent Turville, Port Stanley, Ontario, CANADA
"A ROD TO BEAT CHILDREN!! When did child abuse become
legal?? If you beat a cat or dog with this THING you would go to
JAIL. Also, you can't beat inmates in a jail with this horrible
104. Lynne H. Schultz, Gainesville, FL, USA, Earthward
"If you have to use a weapon, it's no longer "spanking" as most
people understand the term. The Rod IS a weapon made specifically
for beating children in order to cause physical pain.
Unfortunately, the children who would be most harmed by this product do
not have the power to complain, and abusive parents almost never report
their own abuse."
105. Robert Dentan, Buffalo, NY, USA, Professor, State University of NY
"I've spent my life studying the behavior this sort of
'discipline' produces. You get very timid and/or very violent
adults, prone to authoritarian and antidemocratic politics--and often
to child and spousal abuse. The last tendency comes because,
whatever you say to the kids, they all learn that it's Do we want to
teach it's OK for a large person who believes in his/her own
righteousness to hurt a small one, badly? That's a bad lesson for
citizens, and is a legitimate matter for the state to concern itself
with. For which there are many more effective alternatives."
106. Laura Sheppard, San Diego, CA, USA
107. Casimiro Gauthier, Clermont, France
"I know what many american people think of France, but still, in
my country, this 'Rod' would be a national scandal and most likely
prohibited. And I don't think our kids are less
well-balanced. There's a huge difference between education and
child abuse. 'The Rod' belongs to the second category."
108. Alex Cooke, Davis, CA, USA
"I find it hugely offensive to my Christian faith that 'The Rod'
is being sold with reference to the Bible."
109. Roy Jacobs, Swatara Tw., Steelton, PA, USA
"Dear Governor Henry,
Word of your progressive ways have reached far around the country, even
here in Pennsylvania. I realize that in a society of free
enterprise, the role of government is llimited. However there are
times when government should take a stand, especially when it involves
the welfare of children. Using 'rods' on children is abuse, and
government must fight abuse. Our nation became upset over the
mistreating of prisonersin Iraq, who are our enemies. So I can't
imagine the American people accepting 'rods' for children's
behinds. Please do what you can to stop this craziness. As
a Christian, I am apalled at the way the Bible is being used to promote
110. James W. Prescott, Ph.D., Lansing, NY, USA, Institute of
111. Lorrie L. Shenenberger, Leola, PA, USA, Lancaster County
"This is sickening and it must be stopped!!"
112. Crystal Blackwell, Covington, GA, USA
"This is horrible! We should take up child abuse charges
against the schools that use this and the parents that condone it!"
113. Sean Blackwell, Conyers, GA, USA
"This should be considered promotion of child abuse.
'Spare the rod, spoil the child', much like many passages of the Bible,
is METAPHOR. It means that a child without discipline will not
grow to accept responsibility, not to actually use a rod for
114. R. Morrow, Pocatello, ID, USA
"I looked this up on urbanlegends.com before coming to this site
-- I can't believe that someone would manufacture, advertise and sell
such a thing. This is absolutely disgusting."
115. Amanda Gauthier-Parker, Bakersfield, CA, USA
"It breaks my heart that there are parents who believe the God
of Love wants them to physically hurt their children. Whatever
their religious intentions, this is still child abuse."
116. Fran Morris, Oklahoma City, OK, USA, Oklahomans Opposed to
"What an embarrassment to Oklahoma to be seen around the world
as a place that supports such disgraceful behavior toward children."
117. Katrina Flaws, Murphy, NC, USA, mother of two
"This is an absurd attempt at selfish parenting - this really
makes me sick to my stomach to think about - some people shouldn't be
blessed with children."
118. & 119. Kelly and David Pollard, GA, USA
120. Chris Henden, Luton, Beds, ENGLAND, Psychotherapist
"Hard to be brief on this one, but one thought is to ask how
much love and respect would an adult feel if a child were to attach
them with 'The Rod.' Also it seems bizarre that anybody could
believe that violating another being could be a good thing. I
would love to engage with anybody who has this viewpoint. But the
reality is that this is something that is re-enacted down generations
without due thought and reflection."
121. Elizabeth Baer, Baltimore, MD, USA, homeschooling mom
"This ad is the reason I won't subscribe to Home School Digest."
122. Madeline Rains, Mansfield, GA, USA
"I find it horrifying that one can hit a child and expect their
child not to be violent themselves; not to mention using a torture
device on a child!"
123. Samantha Paquette, St. Clair, MI, USA
124. Lisa Olschewske, Cartersville, GA, USA
"HMM the shepherds used the 'rod' to guide their sheep....not
beat them with it. They loved their sheep. As we LOVE our
125. Laura Smith, Arlington, MA, USA, parent and psychotherapist
"I belive God wants us to use our intellect and our love for our
children to find more creative and effective ways of setting limits
with our children than methods which inspire anger and set a poor
example of how to manage disagreements."
126. Helen Megennis, Amawalk, NY, USA
127. Randy Cox, LCSW, Little Rock, AR, USA, Director NeverHitAChild.org
128. Doug Brown, Arlington, VA, USA
"As a Child Protective Services' professional I see the physical
and emotional injuries inflicted on children by use of such
weapons. As a Christian I cringe at the thought of this being
advertised as consistent with God's will for our children. Thank
you for your vocal disapproval of this, and may I hope the local United
Methodist Chruch, which has recently recommended the refrainment of
corporal punishment, gets involved in this cause."
129. Kay Russell Lauffer, Hendersonville, NC, USA
"This brings tears to my eyes as a grandmother of 6 beautiful
130. Ronald Goldman, Brookline, MA, USA
131. Chuck Culbane, Buffalo, NY, USA, Western New York Peace Center
"Fear and punishment are not instruments of instruction, but of
destruction, destruction of trust and communication. Anna Freud
said the roots of aggression can be found in violations of trust.
To beat children may produce obedience in the short term, but at the
cost of love and care in the long term. Children often adopt
their parents' actions and philosophies. Teach the little ones
patience and kindness, not harshness bordering on brutality. We
should have learned that lesson by now."
132. J. Valentino, Ft. Hood, TX, USA
"I think the rod is an appalling and horrible thing to use on a
child and then to use God's will as a justifiable reason to use it!"
133. Michelle Eurgatis, Melbourne, FL, USA
134. Jennifer Malicher, New Providence, NJ, USA
135. Nicholas Tornaritis, Groton, MA, USA
136. Jeff Idelson, Walnut Creek, CA, USA, Psychotherapist/College
"'Christians' and other advocates of biblical references to
'disciplining' children conveniently ignore other biblical commands,
such as killing disrespectful children, selling daughters, owning
slaves, and so forth. Dysfunction is dysfunction, no matter how
it is accessorized or referenced biblically."
137. Sondra McCoy, Covington, GA, USA
"This has the potential to injure children of all ages."
138. Tanya James, Summerville, SC, USA, Mother
139. Nancy Collins, Arlington, MA, USA
140. Christina Garner, Atlanta, GA, USA
"This is disgusting!!!"
141. Lillian Jones, Sebastopol, CA, USA
"I cannot even manage to reduce my feelings on this matter into
mere words - it's self evident that such a device should not be legal."
142. Susan J. Lee, Psy.D., Arlington, MA, USA, Clinical psychologist
"Child abuse damages the spirit of children even more than their
bodies and can require a lifetime of work to heal. If we can
prevent the damage, we will build a healthier world."
143. Dr. Carolyn Newberger, Boston, MA, USA, Children's Hospital
"There is now ample evidence that hitting children teaches them
the lesson that hitting others is acceptable, with the consequence that
children that receive corporal punishment are more likely to be violent
against others. Please don't enable the use of an instrument that
is used for hitting children. Thank you, Dr. Carolyn Newberger"
144. Shannon Barney, Tulsa, OK, USA
145. Jami Mclean, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
"What a disgusting concept. :( "
146. Kathryn Elder, Oxford, GA, USA, Teacher
147. Cheryl O'Connor, Bedford, MA, USA
"Children are meant to be molded, not scolded... and certainly
not ever hit with anything."
148. Jennifer Walenciak Stryker, Roseville, MI, USA
"Thanks horrible. I can't believe they got that licensed
to market that. I was abused when I was a kid, and I thought my
Dad's leather belt was sufficient enough. Sincerely, Jennifer W.
Stryker Keep the Peace going!"
149. Ron Houston, Amherst, NY, USA
"Please stop promoting violence on our innocent ones."
150. Jason P. Waite, Carthage, IL, USA
"How would they (the child abusers that made these weapons) feel
if someone twice their size beat them with 'The Rod'. PLEASE,
stop the madness! Ban the damed things!"
151. James Whitlock, Buffalo, NY, USA
"When parents set examples with 'The Rod,' why are we so
surprised about the barbarities practiced by our troops in the middle
152. Susan Keller, Baldwinsville, NY, USA
"This device would be cruel for animal use, let alone to indulge
lazy human parents! This product exemplifies a sad trend of
parents reneging on their responsibility to embrace the blessing of
children from God. Common sense and compassion should outweigh
convenience. Parenting is not convenient, and children are NOT
wild animals or automatons, and should not be treated as such. If
we want a kinder, gentler country, we need to start by exemplifying
such behavior with our children, our future leaders and decision
153. Janet Rosenbury, Sioux City, IA, USA, Volunteer
"Let's stop 'The Rod' as quickly as possible. It is hard
to believe that it is being manufactured."
154. Gene Hill, Sioux City, IA, USA, Parent
"I just finished the Sioux City Police Department's Citizens'
Academy. We saw graphic pictures of children who were victims of
beatings. It's bad enough that adults have to abuse children
physically, but to think that there are weapons for sale to aid and
abet them is appalling. Please, Governor, do what you can to halt
the sale of these weapons of child destruction."
155. Doug Swan, Bronson, IA, USA, Treasurer, CHILD Inc.
"As governor talk to this man and urge him to stop.
Honestly he even wants a soft cushion for the adult's hand while
brutalizing the child! Couldn't this weapon leave easily detected
welts and bruises on the child? Jesus taught (disciplined) by
word and example. Plead this company to stop."
156. Rachel Keck, Muskogee, OK, USA
"I cannot imagine Jesus, who spoke very highly of children,
approving of such a cruel device for torture. He has already
taken the corporal punishment for everyone's sins (including
children). People who approve of something like this makes it
easy for me to see why there is so much violence in the world!"
157. Patrick Farenga, Medford, MA, USA, President Holt Associates Inc.
158. Rachel Hyde, Arlington, MA, USA
"How can anyone possibly imagine that beating a child could
remotely be considered 'parenting in Jesus' footsteps'??! What an
insult to Jesus, that gentle lover of children!"
159. Faith Ferguson, Lexington, MA, USA
"This is horrible. It's grotesque. What kind of
person would use an instrument on a child? Please make them
160. Brent Ramalli, Acton, MA, USA
161. Tonya, Long Beach, CA, USA
"Disgusting and absurd. How sick can people get."
162. Teresa Kander, Fairborn, OH, USA
"Please stop the manufacture and sales of an item which
encourages child abuse. Thank you!"
163. Rosemary Squires, Melrose, MA, USA
"It is obvious that these people are misguided and on some kind
of control trip. Luckily for me, I do not have a difficult child,
but perhaps that is because I understand that violence just teaches,
and leads to, more violence."
164. Therese J. Sundberg, Gothenburg, SWEDEN
"'See that you do not look down on one of these little
ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the
face of my Father in heaven.'"
165. Lisa, Swainsboro, GA, USA
"My husband and I are Christians and do believe the scriptures
teach us to guide our children with a 'rod' but not this kind of
rod! A shepherd leads his sheep and protects them from danger and
this is what the rod is for. It is not used to abuse and bruise
their little bodies. I know first hand about this so called 'rod'
because my husband bought one many years ago. When it arrived I
was horrified by it and I told my husband it would not be used on our
children. I got rid of it and I pray everyone who ever bought one
will do the same."
166. Maritha Jingnert, Gothenburg, SWEDEN
"Violence breeds violence."
167. Katherine Shorey Herold, Arlington, MA, USA
168. Nicholas Herold, Arlington, MA, USA
169. Sune Sundberg, Gothenburg, SWEDEN
"Love has nothing to do with fear!"
170. Tiffany Brown, Newfield, NY, USA, Mother
"To reduce all my thoughts & feelings about this weapon to a
mere few words is impossible.... Horribly horrifying is about all
it comes down to. Child maltreatment is illegal & beating a
child is maltreatment!"
171. Robert E. Fathman, Ph.D., Dublin, OH, USA, President, National
Coalition to Abolish Corporal Punishment in Schools
"The purpose of this weapon is nothing other than to hurt
children. It 'works' by causing deliberate pain. There is
simply no other purpose to which this is put, and the manufacturer
would agree with this statement. I urge you to do all in your
power to make your state unwelcoming to such a sleazy business."
172. Yvonne Parma, MEd, LMHC, Medford, MA, USA
"My 30 years experience as a psychotherapist has shown over and
over again, that hitting children results in emotional pain that
seriously compromises the mental health of these abuse victims."
173. Rita Swan, Sioux City, IA, USA, President, Children's Healthcare
Is a Legal Duty
174. Elizabeth Abbott, Norfolk, VA, USA
"Heinous instrument. We need more love, patience, and
understanding - not violence."
175. Regina Till, St. Louis, MO, USA
"The fact that there are buyers of these instruments is
horrifying enough, but to live in a 'civilized' society where such
instruments are sold legally, for the purposes stated in the
advertisement, equates the stage of childhool as inferior even to that
of animals. The fourteenth amendment of our constitution put an
end to slavery among adult citizens of the U.S. It is clear that
those rights need to be extended to children. Until then, such
instruments of subjugation should never be made available or encouraged
in any way. Stop the advertisements, sale and manufacture of The
176. Kandy Johnson, Pflugerville, TX, USA, Homeschool Mom
"We have to stop the production and sale of this horrible
invention! This is purely for the sick satisfaction of child
177. Malin, Gothemburg, SWEDEN
178. Kenneth Jansson, Alingsas, SWEDEN
"Totally fu**ed up...."
179. Kari Williams, Frankfort, KY, USA, homeschooling mom
180. Tim McLarnan, Richmond, IN, USA
"Surely further comment is unnecessary."
181. Abigail Green, Cambridge, MA, USA, Stand For Children
"This is absolutely disgusting. The idea that
children aren't *legally* safe in their own homes is terrifying.
Something must be done."
182. Stephanie Babcock, White Hall, MD, USA
"This device is horrid, and can definitely cause severe injuries
in the hands of someone who misguidedly believes they are doing as
'God' prescribes. Additionally, I believe the Greek meaning of
the word discipline, as used in the bible, means 'to train,' and the
rod was a device used to GUIDE sheep not beat them. I believe
many Judeo/Christian religious followers who use the bible as their
main source of religious information misinterpret such verses to asume
God wants them to beat or even spank their children. I don't
think any 'God' would ever advocate such physical means. It's an
insult to 'God' to assume that his most wondrous creation (people) need
such dense and insensitive directing. That's man using man's
limited mind to attempt to understand 'God,' by treating him (God) as
if he has the physical and mental limitations of those of us here on
this physical plane."
183. Ed Baird, Farmington, PA, USA
"This is completely outrageous!"
184. Desiree McMurry, Franklin, MO, USA
"I wonder if the individuals using this against kids would want
to be hit with it? My guess would be a definite 'No'."
185. Mary McCarthy, Yacolt, WA, USA, Mom
"Been trying to get this one put out of business ever since I
saw the first ad several years ago. Really makes your state look
bad, as an advocate of whipping infants and children is permitted to
operate without anyone stepping forward and putting a stop to it.
Or is whipping infants and children acceptable in OK?"
186. Chrissie Johnson, Chickasha, OK, USA, homeschooler
"I do not condone spanking. There are other ways to deal
187. Meleasa Carley, Oklahoma City, OK, USA
"The Bible is very clear that the 'rod of discipline' should be
used on our children however discipline means training, teaching,
guiding, correcting - not punishment and certainly not hitting a child
with something as barbaric as this thing. Governor, please listen
to us and get this rod off the market and quick!"
188. Nadine Tilbury, Lafayette, LA, USA
"Hitting children with an implement is a dangerous
practice. These implements are designed specifically for
inflicting pain on small children. The mere fact that this
product exists endorses child abuse. Children should be
disciplined with love and gentleness, not with bodily harm."
189. Edwin H. Peart, Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA, Concerned Christian
"Jesus Christ never told us to use corporal punishment on
children. Let's start following him instead of the advice of King
Solomon. The Jews don't go running to the Old Testament to
justify hitting their children and neither should Christians."
190. Dianne Nickson, St. Thomas, Ontario, CANADA
"This is a weapon, and using this is assault on the
individual. If you used this on an adult you would go to
jail...why is it not assault when you use it on a child? Don't
fool yourselves it is assault. It is criminal."
191. Jennifer Hall, Roseville, CA, USA
192. Donna Lamerson, Stone Ridge, NY, USA
193. Robin Saunders, VA, USA
194. Shawn Stewart-Maddox, Tulsa, OK, USA, Home educator
195. Cheryl Wheeler, Tulsa, OK, USA
196. Kris Schueren, Tulsa, OK, USA
197. AnnMarie Gillilan, Burlington, VT, USA, Homeschooling mom
"I'm sick to my stomach after viewing the picture of the hand
holding the rod let alone the thought of someone using it to abuse a
child. Please stop this."
198. Deanne Rosselli, Stuart, FL, USA, Homeschooling mother
"Child abuse is illegal, and so sale of instruments to implement
it should be illegal as well."
199. Shay Seaborne, VA, USA
"Child abuse, pure and simple."
200. Jane Stafford, Ashburn, VA, USA, Homeschooling Mother
"Being a parent isn't easy. Life changes drastically once
you hold your first baby in your arms. And from then on you take
one step at a time, learning (often through mistake) with each 'stage'
how to raise your child to be a responsible, caring, etc. person.
A person you enjoy having around, when you grow older. This ROD
is a heartbreaking weapon, which adds nothing to the growth of a
child. On the contrary, it teaches that it is alright to hurt a
weaker being. Dear Governor, please break the cycle of violence
and make this form of abvious child abuse illegal. You will
contribute greatly to the future of this wonderful country."
201. Prudence Mathews, Front Royal, VA, USA
"The inventor of the 'rod' should be beaten to the pulp with it."
202. Jessica C. Martin, Norfolk, VA, USA
"This is an incredibly brutal, abusive instrument.
Children who are abused grow up to be abusive to others. Please
stop the manufacture of this product!"
203. Amy Wilson, VA, USA
"This is a product which, when used as intended by its
manufacturer, causes physical injury and psychological damage.
Its manufacturers advocate physical assault on minors. From a
legal standpoint along, this cannot be allowed to continue -- someone
with legal standing needs to sue and shut them down. Seems like
an appropriate task for a state attorney general. But in the
meantime, children and their families suffer. Do it NOW!"
204. Karen S. McCoy, Tulsa, OK, USA, R.N. - The Children's Hospital at
"I am absolutely APPALLED that greed-driven individuals can
market and profit from beating children, in the name of GOD no
less! What a blight on the State of Oklahoma. Rest assured,
those of us who TRULY love children will call just as much attention to
this as we possibly can until the marketing of this device goes down
the sewer where it belongs."
205. Brandy Bergentsock, Newport News, VA, USA
"This is disgusting. Unless you would like to be punished
with this thing, then don't punish a child with with it. If
another adult hit me with 'the rod', it would be assault, and it's not
different if you hit a child!! Stop the sale of this abusive
206. Mary C. Spinks, Woodbridge, VA, USA, BS, Homeschooler
"Horrible, pitiful, ridiculous, and embarrassing. It's
hard to believe that there are parents, my contemporaries, so ignorant
as to purchase and use the 'rod'."
207. Barbara Jermstad, Hampton, VA, USA
"Shepherds in the Bible used a rod to gently guide their animals
(sheep). NOT BEAT THEM!"
208. Pat Leduc, Warwick, RI, USA, christian unschooling parent
"To advocate child abuse in a magazine and then try to put the
reasoning for it on God, is completely unacceptable and
disgusting. Please stop the sale of this."
209. Maryanne Sango Shanley, Clarks Summit, PA, USA
"Those ads are absolutely sickening. Words fail me."
210. Jolynne G. Bockman, Fairmont, MN, USA
"This is absolutely sick. Stop these monsters from
marketing such a device."
211. Heidi A. Sanders, USA
"Unbelievable! I am at a loss for words that such a thing
212. Brenda Johnson, Rapid City, SD, USA
213. Maureen Keith, Dayville, CT, USA
"I'm just shaking my head..."
214. Tina Clark, RN, Valdosta, GA, USA
"Discipline means 'to teach'. Children are God's gift to
us to look over and protect not to hit. We are here to teach and
nurture our children not to TRAIN them!"
215. Kelly Wright, Greenwood, IN, USA, Southside Secular Homeschoolers
"The ad's implication that a rod is somehow better than a spoon
or belt is ridiculous! They are all instruments of abuse used to
humiliate and hurt children that can't protect themselves."
216. Kathleen A. Bruner, Whiteland, IN, USA, Christian mother/grandma
"Using an instrument of punishment on a child is blatant child
abuse and is NOT scriptural. The 'rod' of the Christian Bible is
symbolic of God's discipline (which means to disciple or teach)."
217. Naomi Carder, Oxford, NC, USA
"As a child that grew up in fear of 'spanking' from my mother
and her 'board of education', I am appalled that an item like this is
for sale. I don't care what you hit a child with...the child
still knows they are being hit by their parent and the parent has
taught the child that hitting someone smaller than you is the correct
way of resolving an issue (i.e.: how to get your way). Please
stop the sale of this abusive product. Thank you."
218. Mary Quantrall, Greenwood, IN, USA, Empowerment Strategies
"No excuse for 'The Rod.' Modern child-rearing techniques
utilize strategies which do not, as the rod will, result in the victims
growing up to become the abusers."
219. Jennifer Casselberry, Chicago, IL, USA
"Please do not allow this to be sold to parents and guardians
who can cause irreparable harm to children."
220. Karen Poston, Mililani, HI, USA
221. Abigail Mastin, Pontiac, IL, USA
"Stop the Rod."
222. Andi Pierce, Chesterton, IN, USA
223. Reba Boyd Wooden, Greenwood, IN, USA, Humanist Friendship Group of
"Hitting children is bad but doing it in the name of religion is
224. Max Poston, Mililani, HI, USA
225. Natalie Haraway, Jenks, OK, USA
226. Joseph Woodard, Arlington, TX, USA
"The idea of using this device, which is similar in diameter and
flexibility to a fiberglass fishing rod, on any child, including
toddlers (per the manufacturer's 'instruction brochure') is
227. Susan Nunn, Erie County, PA, USA
"What would the public reaction be if a person sold a hitting
instrument for men to 'train' their wives? There would be
outrage. It is too bad that children are overlooked when we talk
about 'domestic violence.' The harm of hitting children is
unfortunately denied by many, because facing it would mean realizing
the extent of their own buried rage at being hit by the ones who were
supposed to love and protect them. Any time a human being is hit
by another, there is anger involved in the response. Yet children
are not allowed toexpress anger toward a parent, and most keep it from
their conscious minds, because they are so dependent on their parents
for their survival. So this rage is submerged, and returns later
in other forms: depression, substance abuse, sexual problems,
compulsive eating, masochistic behaviors, or violence toward
others. If we want to end violence in our society, we must start
in our childrearing practices. The sale of this 'rod' should be
banned and any other similar tool."
228. Mary Keck, Muskogee, OK, USA, student
"This device should not be allowed in a country that is
229. David Keck, Muskogee, OK, USA, USA, student
"It gives Oklahoma a bad name since it's manufactured in
Eufaula. Using the Bible to justify such means of child abuse is
230. Don Cummings, Greenwood, IN, USA
"Once again, religion is used to justify violence."
231. Jennifer Parr, Waynesboro, VA, USA, Homeschooling Mom
"This product makes me ill. I cannot believe that a
torture device of this kind is being sold in the United States.
The people who are manufacturing and selling it, as well as the
consumers, ought to be jailed for abuse."
232. Sabrina Alexander, Surprise, AZ, USA
233. Linda Levine, Atlanta, GA, USA, Homeschooling mother
"Another signer has already said it best: "It is the duty of the
state to protect all members of society, including children, from
violence and assault. The use of this 'rod' goes far beyond
accedptable discipline or 'spanking'--it is assault (and therefore
illegal), pure and simple."
234. Lacy Epstein, Atlanta, GA, USA
"The Rod is sick and should not be sold to promote child
abuse. Beating chldren should hold the same contempt that child
pornography does. Both abuse babies and children."
235. Rev. Marilyn Washburn, MD, MDiv, PhD, MPH, Avondale Estates, GA,
"What a terrible terrible twisting of the Gospel and of
236. Mitzie Goldman, Atlanta, GA, USA
"I believe that this teaches our children that violence is a
means of power and a way to get what they want or to get their point
across. This is a bad thing!!"
237. & 238. John and Christy Brothers, Alpharetta, GA, USA
239. Lily Green, Alpharetta, GA, USA
240. Romana Cozzolino, Marietta, GA, USA, Homeschool parent
241. Holger Hagemann, Brunsbuettel, GERMANY, Pastor/Lutheran Church
242. Desiree Ferland, Kissimmee, FL, USA
"This is an outrage! To allow this to be advertised and
sold for the intent they perpetrate should be punishable by jail!"
243. Kathleen Toomey, Kissimmee, FL, USA
"Close this store down. Clean their shelves of such
items. Toss them in jail. Stop them!"
244. Anna Schuette, Doraville, GA, USA
245. Tina, Massapequa, NY, USA
246. Kate Corkern, Lafayette, LA, USA, Homeschooling mother
247. Carrie Landry, Berwick, LA, USA
"This is outrageous. I cannot believe that company.
Children are innocent and only repeat what they have learned and have
been taught. I don't see them making ADULT ***mistake***
rods. Those poor babies and children. I pray that god will
put his hand on them and keep them safe from demonic ideas that are
248. Ann McDavitt, Beech Grove, Indiana, USA, Human Mother
"How unbelievably sad that this weapon could even remotely be
associated with God's love. Why do people believe that hurting
and humiliating another human being would make that person feel and
behave any better?"
249. Maurine Elbert, Wauconda, IL, USA
250. Elizabeth Gilchrist, Decatur, GA, USA
"Encouraging physical abuse is inexcusable. There should
not be a product advertised to carry out parent's anger at their
251. Linda Villatoro, Van Nuys, CA, USA
"This item is being marketed as a tool for the training of
babies and young children. The instructions which come with The
Rod clearly teach parents to use it to whip their children. If
this is not illegal, it should be."
252. Michelle Williams, Holiday Island, AR, USA
"We don't allow adults to hit one another & children deserve
at least the same protection (if not more). Labeling something
discipline doesn't change the fact that it's hitting. This 'tool'
253. Kris Vaitkus, Rockville, MD, USA
"The 'rod' is barbaric. I have had no doubt that weird
things go on behind closed doors, but to have the advertising of such a
weapon in a homeschooling magazine and to consider it Christian is
beyond my reality. Beating someone...where is love? Where
is respect? If someone 10 times bigger than me came at me with a
whip like that...Please don't endorse this perversity."
254. Peter DePaoli, Chicago, IL, USA, DePaoli Custom Carpentry
"This device is utterly and completely unacceptable."
255. Gaylene Gallagher, Norwalk, CT, USA, MOTHER
"Any parent that needs to use 'the rod' to discipline their
children clearly shouldn't be parents at all. This is promoting
child abuse and quoting the bible as a sales pitch! How dare
you!!! I'd love to get the rod and use it on YOU!"
256. Jennifer McAllister, Mesa, AZ, USA
"There's nothing to say other than EVIL. Anyone who could
even say that the bible intended for a child to be beat is seriously
ill. The company should be put out of business."
257. Stephanie Bartlow, Topeka, KS, USA
"This is horrible, I can't believe they still sell stuff like
this. Talk about encouraging parents to beat/abuse their
258. Louri, Chicago Suburg, IL, USA, SAHM
"This cannot be real! What kind of parent could use such a
thing? How can these people get away with manufacturing this and
actually are getting sales?!?!?! Please HELP STOP the CHILD
ABUSE, STOP THE ROD!"
259. Keri, Blaine, MN, USA
260. Laura Wright, Richburg, SC, USA, Homemaker and mother of 2
"This tool should be illegal. To think that people spank
their children with this is horrendous. Please make 'the rod'
261. Victoria Moody, Baldwin, NY, USA
262. Marie Curfman, Louisville, KY, USA
"OMG I am absolutely APPALLED!!!!!!!!!!!"
263. Brenda, Buffalo, NY, USA
"It's horrible that anyone would want to promote such a device
for punishing a child. WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU SICK
PEOPLE!!! MAYBE SOMEONE SHOULD WHIP YOU WITH THE ROD AND SEE HOW
YOU LIKE IT!!!"
264. Tracy, IL, USA
"I can't believe something like this is out there. This is
child abuse and anyone that uses this needs to have their child taken
away from them."
265. Misty Albright, Dallas, TX, USA, Mother
"That is just wrong!!!!!!! These are our children.
Why on earth would any one want to use this thing on our little gifts
266. Jodi Lynn Palmer, Redding, CA, USA, Mommy
"This saddens me!"
267. Danielle Boyle, Upper Darby, PA, USA
268. Joan Lindrman, Gaithersburg, MD, USA
"If a parent feels they must strike their child they should use
nothing more than a feather."
269. Marina, Little Rock, AR, USA
"Horrible!!! You shouldn't need to TRAIN a child.
Just love them."
270. Julia, Albuquerque, NM, USA
"It even has a cushioned grip, so you don't hurt your hands
while you BEAT your CHILD. This makes me sick. Absolutely
sick. Never thought I'd see an advertisement for a product
designed to help parents ABUSE their children. Anyone who would
buy this is a monster, and so are the people who created it."
271. Annette Frontz, Williamsport, PA, USA
"This is truly one of the most disgusting items I have ever seen
for sale. Babies and children are for loving, not beating."
272. Lindsay Baker, Corvallis, OR, USA
273. Amanda, VA, USA
"Words can't explain how sad it makes me to see an item like
this for sale."
274. Jennie Sweeney, Weatherford, TX, USA
"I used to work with a committee for prevention of child abuse
years ago as a volunteer. I can honestly say that things like the
rod will spur more violence, more hardened criminals. Were an
adult to use this on another adult he or she would be charged with
felony assault and do jail time. Why is it ok for this to be used
on small defenseless humans? Please help take this off the
275. Heidi Foss, Asheville, NC, USA, Mom
"This ad literally brought tears to my eyes. This item
itself is not the offense. It is the barbaric and moronic idea
that hitting children teaches anything other than fear. Things
like this give good Christians a bad name."
276. Julie McMahon, Tulsa, OK, USA, Assistant Public Defender
"Parents are not only using 'The Rod', but other household items
as well. This abuse starts at age four months. It lands the
parents in prison, where they should be, and it lands the children in
foster care. I think it is time the manufacturers of this idea
pay. Anyone who contributes to it is contributing to child
endangerment and they should be held accountable."
277. Nicole Morse, Weybridge, VT, USA, Aspen Grove Homeschool
"I am horrified that this product is being marketed. It
needs to be stopped, now."
278. Margie Bekoff, Weybridge, VT, USA, Homeschool Mom
"I'm shocked that a company would manufacture and sell a product
llike the Rod. Thanks to all who have brought attention to this
279. Reverend Andrew Gibson, Woburn, MA, USA Universal Life Church
280. Nicole Yeary, New York, NY, USA, Student
281. Melissa Jensen, Coalville, UT, USA
282. Jared Jensen Coalville, UT, USA
283. Charlotte Jensen, El Paso, TX, USA
284. Kay Jensen, Coalville, UT, USA
285. David Jensen, El Paso, TX, USA
286. Dan Jensen, Coalville, UT, USA
287. Karen (Kitty) Larkowski, South Dennis, MA, USA
"Hitting a baby or child with ANYTHING is disgusting and
abusive. Stop the rod!!"
288. Susan Schumacher-James, Seattle, WA, USA, Mothering.com
"Why is it okay to hit a child with one of these but if you hit
an adult it would be assault?"
289. Olga, Raleigh, NC, USA
"Please do all you can to have The Rod taken off of store
290. Amber Curtis, Tucson, AZ, USA, Latter Day Learners Homeschool
"I urge you to take action to stop the manufacture and sale of a
tool whose sole purpose is to abuse children. In a day and age
where children need to be protected and nurtured, where we claim to be
civilized society, an instrument such as the 'Rod' is abhorrent.
Please protect our children!"
291. Beth Thorne, Los Angeles, CA, USA
"This is really sad and depressing. Please forward this
petition to everyone you know."
292. Cindi Wilding, Aurora, CO, USA, Mom
293. Diane Engelking, Lebanon, IN, USA
"In biblical times, rods were used to guide and direct the
sheep, NOT BEAT THE SHEEP!"
294. Many Johnson, Norfolk, VA, USA
"You should ban the sale of any item that can directly be linked
with abusing children."
295. Kyra Arnold, USA, Mother
"I think the inventor and the endorsers should be 'trained' with
296. Kimberly DiNoto, Havre de Grace, MD, USA
"This is cruel and unusual punishment. What could a child
do to ever deserve to be hit with anything, much less something like
this? I would never use anything like this on an animal and to
think they make these for use on small children is outrageous!
BAN THE ROD!"
297. Carie Thomas, Urbana, OH, USA
"What a ridiculous product. I can't believe it's actually
298. Carissa Dollar, Indianapolis, IN, USA
"Unbelievable that something like this is being produced and
marketed to inflict physical punishment on children. This is
irresponsible and encouraging out and out abuse. Please do your
part to cease the production and marketing of this item."
299. Jessica Knight, Indiana, USA
"This is just horrible. That is not a way to correct your
child. That is abuse pure and simple."
300. Rabiya Marden, Streamwood, IL, USA
301. K. Beaune, Spruce Grove, Alberta, CANADA
"That is disgusting and a total misrepresentation of what the
Lord meant. He would NEVER and will NEVER condone that kind of
abuse of the little ones!!"
302. Dawn Downs, Indianapolis, IN, USA
"The shepherd used the rod to guide the sheep not beat them with
303. Liesl Berger, Garner, NC, USA
"The ultimate in immoral acts."
304. Kathy Evangelista, Latrobe, PA, USA
305. Sandra Alexander, Snohomish, WA, USA
"Stop enabling abusers to believe this weapon is ok."
306. Charity Short, Indianapolis, IN, USA
"This is no way to correct children at all. These
companies are encouraging child abuse and corporal punishment. I
look at this like it is corporal punishment. And these companies
in the USA are saying it is okay to beat your child no it is not.
Corporal punishment is illegal in half the states anyway so the
companies should stop."
307. B. Laakso, Akron, OH, USA, Ethical Parent
"The Rod should get 'the shaft'."
308. Kim Reyes, Sterling Heights, MI, USA, Homeschool Mom
"As a Christian homeschooler I am saddened and disgusted that
this is being marketed to other Christian homeschoolers. How can
those who use this abusive device expect to raise their children to be
warm and loving, kind and considerate people? Jesus set an
example that we are called to follow and I do not believe that if he
used 'The Rod' the little children would have come to him (Mark
10:13-16). Please outlaw this brutal weapon!"
309. Heather, Columbus, OH, USA
"The rod is disgusting and should be outlawed. How can a
company make something like this?"
310. Melody Ward, Eastpointe, MI, USA
"Teach them right in the first place and no rod would be of use."
311. Leslie Kleinsmith, Westland, MI, USA
"This is the sickest thing I have ever seen!!!"
312. Stefani E. Barner, Mt. Clemens, MI, USA
"Child abuse should not be condoned under the guise of free
313. Mary C. Reyes, Sterling Hts., MI, USA
"This 'method of correction' only creates frustration and a deep
seated anger in a child which is never resolved. It will manifest
itself in child or spousal abuse in adulthood."
314. Phyllis Porter, Brownstown, MI, USA
315. Shawn Wilder, Shelton, WA, USA
"The devil smiles every time people use 'The Rod' on God's
precious little children."
316. Angela L. Swain, Swansboro, NC, USA, Homeschool Mom of two boys
"I can't believe that some onewould make such an awful product
to sell!! I am even more appalled that this was in a Home School
Digest magazine. We as homeschool parents do not like this at
all. There are other more meaningful ways in order to tell
children right from wrong. We have enough child abuyse going on
in America I also can not believe they are talking about using the
'Rod' on babies. I mean come on!! Babies!!! I hope
you other parents out there that are homeschooling will get this
company off the market because seeing how it was in a homeschool
magazine they(the government) is going to link us to child abuse.
We love our children and that is only one of the reasons why we
317. Nora Yarborough, Stella, NC, USA
318. Cindy Toler, NC, USA
319. Will Ireland, Sydney, AUSTRALIA
"Disgusting. What kind of person would use this product on
a child. Perhaps more importantly, what kind of company would
make such a product! xxxx fascist christians."
320. Kimberly M. Van Der Meid, Midland, NC, USA, New Beginnings School
"It is despicable as a Christian to see that this is for sale in
our country and that it is shown as a representation of Christianity!"
321. Canesa Dent, Vancouver, WA, USA, Medical Assistant
"This is one of the most disturbing things I have ever
read. I can not believe that these people have not been arrested
and had their kids taken away already. This is CHILD ABUSE plain
and simple. These people need to do some serious jailtime."
322. Janelle Alford, Arlington, TX, USA
"Inhumane! An assault to children!"
323. Annie Levine, Brooklyn, NY, USA
"A disgrace!!! Children are little people. Who hits
little people???? I am sick over this."
324. Barbara, Concord, NC, USA
"This is so unbelievable! My husband didn't believe it
until I showed him this article. I wonder if the people that
recommend this 'rod' would allow us (the petitioners) to use it on them
325. Heather Martin, Jackson, MI, USA
"The 'rod' of the shepherds in biblical time was for herding the
sheep, keeping them gathered and keeping predators at bay. I do
not recall one passage stating that the sheep were struck!!!"
326. Lynn, Brooklyn, NY, USA
"This is an outrage."
327. Scarlet K. Long, Indianapolis, IN, USA, R.N.; Mother; Grandmother
"Sick stuff, indeed."
328. Jill Dufek, Las Vegas, NV, USA
"I am in awe that something like this would be on the market for
sale. Being a mother I'm completely saddened to think that
parents use this on their kids. This is NOT ok."
329. Elain Miller, PA, USA
"This is nauseating; this company making money on selling an
object that should not be allowed to sell. Personally, I don't
know how the owner of this company and its employees are able to look
at themselves in the mirror every day. I vote that this should
cease and desist right now!"
330. Donna Maria O'Donnell, Wharton, NJ, USA
331. Mrs. Jennifer Nolen, St. Louis, MO, USA
332. Kimberly Campbell, WV, USA
"I am speechless...This is so disgusting, I can't even believe
there actually has to be a petition on this, that someone wouldn't have
immediately done something about this!! The makers of 'The Rod'
need to be STOPPED!!!"
333. Nicole Hensley, Kodak, TN, USA
334. Ilaria Keogh, AZ, USA
"Sick and pathetic. If I agreed with an eye for eye, I'd
use the Rod on the manufacturers myself."
335. Mary Oehler, Seattle, WA, USA
"Manufacture of 'The Rod' is encouraging and validating child
336. Tammy Kozoris, Prince George, British Columbia, CANADA
"This is absolutely unforgivable. I wouldn't whip my enemy
never mind my child. My heart cries out for those children who
have had this used upon them :( "
337. Jackie, Chicago, IL, USA
"What kind of sick SOB does this to a baby?! This needs to
be stopped IMMEDIATELY!"
338. Annete Sweeney, Omaha, NE, USA, special education teacher
"To believe that God wants people to deliberately hurt children
is outrageous. The Bible is full of figurative language; 'the
rod' symbolizes correction, guidance, and direction--it's not an actual
weapon. Do not allow people to use The Bible as an excuse to
inflict pain, much less on small children. I sincerely hopeyou do
not allow your state to be known as the only one that allows the sale
of tools intended for child abuse."
339. L. Thompson, Tacoma, WA, USA
340. Aimee B., Rochester Hills, MI, USA
341. Jean Daley, Wendell, MA, USA
"A cushioned hand grip? My, My, beat your baby and be
comfy. This is sick!"
342. Danielle Day, Lake Worth, FL, USA
"This is sick, and so obviously child abuse that I don't know
what to say."
- see especially #6
343. Patricia R. Robinson, Charlotte, NC, USA, Children's Advocacy
Against Violent Discipline
"No one has the right to hit another individual except in direct
physical self-defense. Hitting is violence. The repetitive
violence against children is abuse. Stop the use of this tool of
344. Nicole Hollinger, Bixby, OK, USA, Christian schooling mother
"'God is Love' not the Rod."
345. Amy H., Surprise, AZ, USA, Mother of 2 chlidren, who are not
spanked EVER!!! & A Child Advocate for Human Rights
"This is DISGUSTING!!! Shame on the makers of this
product, shame on the people who buy it and shame on the people who
support this. STOPPPPP hitting, slapping, smacking, spanking,
tapping, pinching, biting and START teching!!!! Such actions DO
NOT speak louder than words."
346. Myra A., Cottonwood, AZ, USA
"Sick!! Ban 'The Rod'"!!!
347. Regine Nickel, Brooklyn NY, USA, MA Homemaker
"cruel, immoral, inhumane, willfully ignorant of the Truth of
348. Linda D. Mills, Gainesville, TX, USA, grandmother
"This is outrageous...it must be stopped"
349. Kathy Marie Cooper, Gainesville, TX, USA, Security Officer
"A child is a gift, it is not the child that did anything to
deserve that kind of treatment, why are they even allowed to sell this."
350. Christy K. Hebron, MD, USA
"I'm appalled that 'the rod' is being sold as a 'training' tool
for our children. I'm especially appalled that this is marketed
under the guise of being biblically mandated--the God I know is loving
and gives us Grace and Mercy as His children. I'm a Christian and
I don't believe in physical punishment for our children. If this
product was marketed for animals, there'd be an instant uproar.
It's amazing to me that we seem to hold animals in a higher regard than
our own children. Very shameful indeed."
351. Cass, San Diego, CA, USA, For Family's Sake
"If an adult were to be whipped by "The Rod" we would cry out
about the injustice. What makes you think that because a child is
small, and acting his/her age, that he/she deserves to be
whipped? This device makes me physically ill. Corporal
punishment results in children lying and blaming others (because they
don't want to be caught). It does not result in the child
thinking 'what happened? what was my part? and what will I do
differently next time?' The children are thinking 'this isn't
fair, it wasn't my fault, I hate mom/dad!!'"
352. Robert Carroll, Matteson, IL, USA, Teacher
"Who was the genius at this magazine that accepted this
advertisement rather than reporting the manufacturer to the State of
Oklahoma's division of consumer and/or child safety for marketing an
inherently dangerous and abusive product?"
353. Barbara Abatti, Varese, ITALY
354. Marilynn Buehler, Kattskill Bay, NY, USA, Glens Falls/Saratoga
"I'm still finding it hard to believe this actually exists, it's
so appallingly evil. How does something like this even find its
way to market???!!!!"
355. Jessica Bolstridge, Lynchburg, VA, USA, Student
"This is a horrible 'thing' to use on children. How dare
anyone resort to violence!"
356. Amy Matthews, Henderson, NC, USA, mother
"I can't believe that these people are being allowed to torture,
beat, neglect, and destroy children. This is the most disgusting
thing I have ever seen that relates itself to Christianity. I am
357. Garrett Hussion, Newark, NJ, USA, Student
"The rod is fxxxxx up. I can't believe people would
actually hit their children. They should be ashamed."
358. Cynthia Bray, Oklahoma City, OK, USA, Concerned Mother
"If I were to hit an adult with this object I would be arrested
359. Wendy Stiner, Winterville, NC, USA
360. Letitia Davis, Woodstock, GA, USA
361. Steve, London, ENGLAND
"Can't believe it's actually allowed."
362. Jean Hathaway Ewart, Reno, NV, USA
"My children and I discussed this issue and began to cry for the
parents who think this is the only way to raise children. Life
can be hard, but children make living life an adventure. God
could not possibly want us to whip the spirit out of his
children. Protect and educate the young and find another way to
teach them your rules and proper manners other than whipping
them. Parents should not be terrorists."
363. Debra Michael, Grove, OK, USA, Homeschooling Mom
"Once again, someone making a profit by twisting the words of
the bible. Please help to stop this!"
364. Barbara Sparrow, Austin, TX, USA, Adjunct Professor of Psychology
365. Belinda Howell, Austin, TX, USA, RN, JD
"Even the implicit implication that it is prudent to strike a
child in any fashion, with any instrument, is heinous and every effort
should be made to make the manufacture, sale, or use a criminal act."
366. Jennifer Slatton, Gainesville, FL, USA, concerned mother of 3
"Please help protect babies and children by outlawing the sale
of this 'device' as it is currently being advertised. This tool
reflects a truly warped understanding and use of biblical text.
Were 'the rod' being advertised to abuse adults it would have ben
pulled off the market immediately. How much more do defenseless
children need us to do this for them. Please act quickly on your
367. Sarah Johnson, Austin, TX, USA, Mother, Graduate student in
"The sale of this product should be stopped."
368. Jacqui Ainsworth, Pflugerville, TX, USA
369. Stacey Bell, Austin, TX, USA, Mother and advocate for children's
"Please stop the sale of this barbaric tool!"
370. Penny Chastain Muskogee, OK, USA
371. Sherry Galster, Nevada, MO, USA
"How awful, I think someone should take 'THE ROD' and use it on
372. Lori A. Fast, Austin, TX, USA
"How appalling that this is marketed as a 'Christian' method of
373. Nicole Wardall, Port Washington, WI, USA
"I cannot believe that in the United States of America a
petition has to be signed to cease the manufacturing and sale of this
product. I am thoroughly disgusted that humankind would even
imagine the idea for this product, let alone market to people using god
as a scapegoat. Horrid, awful company."
374. Sandra Mort, Baltimore, MD, USA, homeschooling mother
"How sad that we should even need to say this is wrong..."
375. Maggie Sullivan, Austin, TX, USA, Mother and Family Counselor in
"Please stop the manufacture and sale of this dangerous product!"
376. Piaf Azul, Austin, TX, USA
"This should be stopped."
377. Allie Porter, Austin, TX, USA
"We need to treat children as we would like to be treated.
Their behavior reflects their treatment. How could a product like
this ever lead to a loving, kind, gentle person?"
378. Tiana, Round Rock, TX, USA
"This makes me sick to my stomach!!!! I can't believe
someone would ever use such a thing on someone they claim to love so
379. Jennifer Ryan, NY, NY, USA
"I weep for the children whose parents would even consider such
380. Robin Clochard, Paizay Naudouin, FRANCE
381. Summer Whitten, Austin, TX, USA, Mother
382. Somer Tramba, KS, USA
383. Nancy Nance, Austin, TX, USA
"I hope that no more children are hurt and frightened by this
tool marketed solely for the purpose of hitting them."
384. Alana Miller, Rochester, NY, USA
385. Kerry Joyce, Austin, TX, USA
386. Jennifer Mandaville, Grants Pass, OR, USA
"The only persons that could possibly deserve 'THE ROD' is the
manufacturers and consumers of it. DISGUSTING!!!"
387. Margret Lewis, Austin, TX, USA
388. James Dolan, New York, NY, USA
"Church and state separate, now and forever."
389. Karen, Austin, TX, USA
390. Brooke, NJ, USA
"This is sick. Would Jesus approve of hitting a child with
a rod? Wasn't 'spare the rod, spoil the child' before Jesus'
redemption touched us? Instead of beating your child, think of
what Jesus would do. Wouldn't he reason with a child?
Wouldn't he embrace the child and teach him right from wrong by example
instead of from coercion? This is a cheap evangelical tool for
God-mandated child abuse. Yet another example of how the
Christian right twists the words of Jesus for their own purposes.
Beat your children, bomb Iraq, deny health care to poor people,
etc. Jesus would be ashamed of how His name is used these
days. Jesus is a Democrat."
391. Stella Kerl, Austin, TX, USA
"It appears to be a product attempting to profit from the abuse
392. Karen Jo Agnello, Austin, TX, USA, mom
"I firmly believe that the government should be decreasing
involvement in our lives, especially regarding capitalism, however,
this is over the line and needs to be stopped."
393. Michele Holt, Georgetown, TX, USA
394. Tricia Mitchell Kim, Austin, TX, USA
395. Lauren Sheppard, Austin, TX, USA
"This sadist is promoting child abuse to make a buck.
Despicable. Deplorable. Depraved."
396. Marie Franks, Round Rock, TX, USA, MOTHER
"This is WRONG and child abuse!! Stop this now!!"
397. Amy Metzger, Eugene, OR, USA
"The 'rod' spoken of in the Bible is a measuring rod, you
idiots! NOT a weapon for beating children! God is a God of
grace and forgiveness. Try actually READING the BIBLE!"
398. Jessica Powers, Austin, TX, USA
"This product is very disturbing. I feel physically ill
just thinking about it. There are already so many things that
hurt children in the world, we should not be selling and advocating
more stuff especially filth like this. The makers of this should
be put in jail!"
399. Amy Barry, Sisters, OR, USA
"This is child abuse and it is illegal and immoral and the
thought of using this on a child horrifies me."
400. Dyanna Larson, Austin, TX, USA, Loving Mother
"Simply put, they are manufacturing and selling an object
designed for the sole purpose of violating the law (child abuse).
How is this legal and lock picks aren't?"
401. Jack Holt, McMurdo Station, ANTARCTICA, professor
"The advertising and sale of this device for use on children is
an abomination. Please put a stop to it NOW!!"
402. Lydia Jalagonia, Augusta, GA, USA, Home Engineer
"The use of this instrument is a despicable and vile perversion
of the word of God. God is a God of grace and mercy, who loves
children and would never wish to see them abused in this way."
403. Katalina Pierce, Austin, TX, USA
"This sickens me, it should be illegal. This needs to be
stopped and the people responsible should be thrown in jail."
404. Beth Foster, Louisville, KY, USA, Christian mother of 3
"This is appalling, and certainly does not promote loving
Christian values. Ignorance, and lazy parentingis what causes the
'need' for this item. You can discipline without spanking!
It's done all of our adult lives, when we get too 'old' for spankings."
405. Maria I. Bracht, Winston-Salem, NC, USA, President, Homecrafts,
"An abomination!! A repulsive reminder of our ignorance."
406. Mary Corgey, Jasper, TX, USA
407. Rachel Gill, Austin, TX, USA
408. Diana Edgar, Austin, TX, USA
"The 'rod' referred to in the bible was GUIDANCE. A means
which pointed the sheep in the right direction. It was not used
to beat the animals. Hitting is wrong. Children, dogs,
409, 410 & 411. Danny, Anne and AJ Garza, Mexico City, MEXICO
"PLEASE stop the manufacturing and sale of this evil weapon!!!"
412. Heather Nichols, Austin, TX, USA, Mother of two
"I don't even know what to say...this is so horrific!
Children are disciplined much better by love and guidance as
opposed to violence and abuse."
413. Danielle Hammon, Big Bend National Park, TX, USA
414. Heather Jackson, Tucson, AZ, USA, CPS Investigator
"I am appalled that this weapon is now being marketed as an
implement of punishment. I saw a similar weapon in a home that
the owner told me was sold at a gun show and was labeled 'whup ass
stick.' I am very disturbed by the fact that should an adult hit
another adult with this stick, they would most likely be arrested for
assault or a domestic violence charge, yet clearly children are being
injured with this weapon and there are no legal repercussions for the
manufacturer or the abusers. Governor, you have a tremendous
opportunity to send the message that child abuse will not continue to
be trivialized or become a profitable activity. This is
exploitation at its basest level."
415. Sandra Jackson, Austin, TX, USA
"This is disgusting!"
416. Gwen Macdougall, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA
"Sickening and disgraceful"
417. Nadine Myers, Dornsife, PA, USA, homeschooling mom to 5
418. Jennifer Haller, Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA
"It is hard to believe anyone could use such a device on a
419 & 420. Sanford and Melinda Marble, Austin, TX, USA
421. Brooke Smith, New York, NY, USA
"What has this country come to? Are we really going back
in time? Of course, we live in NY and didn't vote for Bush so we
still find things like this shocking."
422. Earl Dimmock, Jasper, TX, USA
423. Shirley Dimmock, Jasper, TX, USA
424. K. Dunn, Leander, TX, USA
"Absolutely horrifying that someone is manufacturing and selling
a way to beat babies & children. Stop this!"
425. Martine Weber, Humble, TX, USA, Mother
"There should never be any reason to physically touch your child
other than to love. Hitting a child is the laziest way of
discipline. It takes work and lots of time to show a child the
right way to act. They all have their own personalities.
426. Paula Scafe, Austin, TX, USA
"As I understand the Bible, 'spare the rod, spoil the child' is
referring to a shepherd's staff, which is used to GUIDE.
'Discipline' means 'to teach' and I'd bet that if Jesus beat his
disciples, he would not have had any."
427. Karen Herbert, Austin, TX, USA
"This is appalling! Hitting children with anything, even a
specially designed whip with a 'safety tip' is not discipline or
correction. It's abuse."
428. Krista Kilbane, Austin, TX, USA, LMSW
429. Brenda Beth Taylor, Brookeland, TX, USA
"A terrible instrument to be sold for the purpose of
430. Karen Wilson, Cedar Park, TX, USA
"It is unacceptable that we allow products made and advertised
for the purpose of abusing children. If this were child
pornography, it would be illegal. This sort of abuse is no less
harmful. Please stop the sale of objects meant to torture
431. Ann Reynolds, Ft. Leonard Wood, MO, USA
432. Michelle Melani, Indianapolis, IN, USA
"When the Bible talks of 'spare the rod, spoil the child' it is
within the context of shepherding. A shepherd uses a rod to guide
and protect the sheep, not to beat them. Hitting people is wrong,
and children are people too. Please don't allow the sale of a
weapon whose sole use is to beat children."
434. Cory Walsh, Los Angeles, CA, USA
"Just when I think the 'Christians' of the world can't get any
less like Christ, they come up with something like this. It's
inconceivable the harm and death perpetrated in the name of religion
all over this world. It makes me sick. Anyone can pull a
sentence out of that horrible and laughable book of lies and use it to
their advantage. When are these people going to wake up?"
435. Maureen Maddern, Orange, CT, USA
"If this is real it is unbelievable--what kind of sick mind came
up with this?"
436. Karis Booth, Lancaster, CA, USA, MFCC Intern
"Wow. How stupid are we becoming? What a horrible barbaric
'too'. Read the Bible correctly and learn how Jesus felt
children should be raised and treated."
437. Nilsa Compton, Santa Fe, NM, USA
438. Jennifer Howerd, Los Angeles, CA, USA
439. Georgeann Erhardt, Derby, CT, USA, a mother/grandmother
"No reason ever to be used."
440. Melinda Russett, Leander, TX, USA
"I am horrified that people treat a child like this. Why
is it legal to strike a child with anything, especially an object like
this? I think people that use this should charged with assault
just like they would if they hit another adult with it."
441. Jeannine Josias, Ansonia, CT, USA
"I am appalled at this. I wouldn't believe it if I didn't
see it! How DARE you!!!!!!!!"
442. Howard B. Josias, Southpport, NC, USA, retired
"What will they think of next?"
443. Bethany Prescott, Austin, TX, USA, Professional Counselor and
"Children learn from every action we take, every word we say,
every touch we lay on them. The child that grows in a home where
'the Rod' is an acceptable demonstration of discipline, will learn that
they are deserving of pain and suffering...that their little bodies are
not respected and cherished, but are abused and tortured. Please
love your children, please respect all children. Stop all sales
of this abusive product."
444. Martine Gordon, Humble, TX, USA, retired
"As a grandmother, I can not see any normal human being using
this horrible thing. It reminds me of the cattle rod used to make
cattle move faster. Children are not animals. They are a
gift from God."
445. Ginger Collins, Derby, CT, USA
446. Chandi Meyer, Milwaukee, WI, USA
"SICK SICK SICK! When did Jesus use a rod to
discipline?? YOU ARE ABUSING INNOCENT CHILDREN! THAT my
friend is enough for me to say, GO TO xxxx"
447. Rosemary Weber, Houston, TX, USA
"It is so fitting that the handle is cushioned. We sure
wouldn't want the user to be hurt, now would we? Whoever invented
this should be the first one on which it should be used."
448. Sharon, CT, USA
"This is absolutely disgusting and whoever is manufacturing it
should be beaten with it."
449. Albert M. Dimmock Sr., Derry, NH, USA
"THOSE WHO MAKE THIS ROD AND SELL IT SHOULD GO TO JAIL FOR
450. Melanie De Assis, Los Angeles, CA, USA
"This should not be used on ANY living creature!!!"
451. Michele Hobbs, Inian Harbour Beach, FL, USA, Mama that does not
"Hmm IM SPEECHLESS!!!!!!"
452. Barry D. Baker, Salem, MA, USA
453. Lynell Hunt, Austin, TX, USA
"This is appalling."
454. Jonathan Link, Derby, CT, USA
"I thought this was a joke at first because I couldn't fathom
this item being sold here in the U.S.A. This is sick. While
you're at it, how about a child cage, or even leather restraints."
455. Janney Gordon, Beaumont, TX, USA
456. Tara, Beaumont, TX, USA
457. Melody Sanislo, Wendell, MA, USA
"I am disgusted beyond words."
458. Mary Van Deurse, Norton, MA, USA
"If parents take the time to talk and listen to their children
devices like the rod would not be necessary. It takes patience,
compassion and understanding to be a good parent, not abuse."
459. Kathleen Walsh, MA, Miami, FL, USA
"'The means prescribed by God'???? To exactly which god
are these poor, deranged souls referring? (And it isn't it great
that the handle is cushioned for the abuser?)"
460. Mike Cimmarrusti, Los Angeles, CA, USA
461. Suzanne McWhorter, Austin, TX, USA
462. Jessica Delvalle, Stratford, CT, USA
"I believe in disciplining a child but I do not believe in
disciplining with a device. That is cruel and unusual punishment
and I do not wish for it to be manufactured in the US."
463. Norma Jean Jackson, Austin, TX, USA
464. Charlene Galyon, Houston, TX, USA
"Please do not glorify beating children in the name of God."
465. Deirdre Caruso, Seymour, CT, USA
"Anyone that feels that this is appropriate, should be forced to
have THE ROD used on them!"
466. Leslie Buckens, Shelton, CT, USA
"I am so saddened to see something being sold to 'train'
children. I haven't seen anything like this being sold to train
467. Nicole, Calcium, NY, USA
"I can't believe this kind of device is actually being
produced. Whoever thought of this is a sick individual!!!!!"
468. Jami Nielsen, Branford, CT, USA
469. Alicia Lawson, Elgin, IL, USA
470. Denise Klenotich, Palm By, FL, USA
"That is horrible. What about a nice talk telkling your
child what they actually did wrong instead of beating them."
471. Dana Fleetham, Dayton, OH, USA
"This product is a disgusting excuse to abuse children. I
hope no one buys it!"
472. Vicki Shawl, Charlotte, NC, USA, LLL - member, AP - parent, MA,
NCC - certified counselor
"Children deserve respect and modeling. Hitting teaches
that 'I am more powerful, bigger, and stronger' . If I model
hitting with or without the rod, I am not teaching my child how to
resolve her problems, how to reason with her words. I want my
children to know that violence does not solve problems, it only
exacerbates them. To give my child the example of nurturing,
learning to voice opinion and modeling 'do unto others as you would
have others do unto you' I am giving my child the opportunity to feel
self confident, grow with my respect that she is a human being
deserving of that. The ROD simply put is a tool for abuse, and
that should not be legal in this country!"
473. Alison Alexander, Charlotte, NC, USA
474. Shirley Smith, Grapevine, TX, USA, mother
"It is unbelievable that someone would hurt something as
precious as a child, God's gifts to us, and that someone would develop
something like this."
475. Patty Lacoss-Arnold, St. Charles, MO, USA
"The idea that someone is making money off of a torture device
for small children just makes me ill. I am a member of a
conservative Christian denomination and I can find nothing in the bible
or elsewhere to support the use of this device."
476. Kristin Pettler, Charlotte, NC, USA, Mother
477. Mrs. Hadas Dvir, Long Beach, CA, USA
"I am disgusted by this product!"
478. Debra Borrelli, Derby, CT, USA, mother of 5 children (Christian)
"Please Ban the sale of this Product! Children need a
balance of love and discipline. NOT ABUSE!!!!"
479. Kristy Trahan, Houma, LA, USA, Mother of two daughters (age 2 and
"I was referred to this site by a friend and my stomach is sick
just looking at 'The Rod' and the advertsement for it. I am a
mother of two daughters (ages 2 and 4) and a firm believer in POSITIVE
DISCIPLINE. I couldn't imagine hitting my children let alone
using something like this on my children. Please do what you can
to put a stop to this. Thank you for all of your efforts."
480. Sue Trapp, Houston, TX, USA
"This product needs to be eliminated from our society
481. R. Pierre, McAllen, TX, USA
"The Rod is another style of 'Child Abuse'! I raised my
younger sister and brothers and later my son without having to
physically discipline them. Educate the parents!!!!!!!!!!"
482. Elizabeth Barrow, Sugar Land, TX, USA
483. Leif C. Hatlen, Houston, TX, USA
484. Muriel Stubbs, Houston, TX, USA
"Only the American Taliban would even think of peddling such a
thing. Jesus would be appalled."
485. Nancy Patumanoan, Houston, TX, USA
"Please don't allow 'the Rod' to be available to hurt our
486. Victoria Hawkins, Houston, TX, USA
487. David Wolfson, Austin, TX, USA, Spoon Films
488. Beth Zeffert, Houston, TX, USA, Mother, Grandmother and Wife
"Where is the love for our innocent children? Where is the
morality in this? This is child abuse and it has to be stopped
489. Betty Jacobs, Granbury, TX, USA, Cogdell Academy
"HITTING IS WRONG! Did Christ use a rod on his
Disciples? NO. He led by example. A never changing
example of LOVE. If more parents would be more Christ-like in
their example so would their children. I wonder what Jesus would
have become if Mary and Joseph had used corporal punishment."
490. Sylvia B. Pollack, Seattle, WA, USA
"When Jesus said 'suffer the little children to come unto me' he
did not mean to MAKE children suffer."
491. Aimee Tullos, Denton, TX, USA, Mother & Empath of All Children
"May the wondrous light that is the universe fold itself in
loving comfort around every child who meets such hypocrisy and
injustice from those who are supposed to love them best.
Instruments of child torture MUST NOT be a profitable, viable business
in your state or any other!!! God help us all."
492. Amy Long, Flower Mound Texas, USA, RN, BSN
"As a nurse, I would be required BY LAW to report anyone who
used such an implement on a child to Child Protective Services as it
meets the guidelines for abuse."
493. & 494. Glen and Sandy, Nebo, NC, USA
"That 'rod' is a WEAPON, not an instrument for correction."
495. Pam Hameed, Flower Mount, TX, USA
496. Jim Sydnor, Denton, TX, USA
"In the late 1800's items were sold in catalogues for
disciplining the 'wife.' We have really not come too far in over
100 years. Children are people and as such deserve physical
protections from those that would seek to harm, them, even 'for their
497. Alva Buxenbaum, Brooklyn, NY, USA, Educator
"I am appalled at the manufacture of such a device to encourage
child abuse. What kind of christian ethics is this?"
498. Sabrina Buza, Camillus, NY, USA, university student
"I can't believe this is legal!"
499. Katherine Keith, Norman, OK, USA
"It is hard to believe that someone can make a profit off of a
tool that is used to abuse children. I remember how proud my
uncle was when he figured out that if he drilled holes in his wooden
paddle, you could swing it harder and faster. It takes a really
sick person to do these kinds of things."
500. Laura Arnold, Stillwater, OK, USA
"Governor Henry, you have proven yourself to be friend and ally
of the families and children in our state. I hope you can help
once again in this appalling situation."
501. Lisa Williams, Norman, OK, USA
"When are we going to stop beating our children in the name of
502. Kristen Russell, Norman, OK, USA, Center for Children and
503. Michelle Newman, Norman, OK, USA
504. Susan Cogan, Norman, OK, USA
"This is appalling. I am even more sickened by the thought
of people who think that beating children is 'moral'."
505. Tiffany Parker, Oklahoma City, OK, USA
506. Tiffany Wylie, Norman, OK, USA
"I add my voice to the others who cry out against 'The Rod'."
507. Andrea Cole, Oklahoma City, OK, USA
"A travesty that something like this would be considered
acceptable and effective child rearing."
508. Maka Laughingwolf, Norman, OK, USA
"I am in tears. This is the most outrageously cruel device
I have ever seen advertised as a parenting tool. It should be
outlawed. Does one have to be an adult to have a right to
protection against assault and battery?"
509. & 510. Rick & Bunni Barrett, Newalla, OK, USA
"Gov. Henry, would you allow this to be used on YOUR
children? Please stop this product, it's no different than a whip
used for flogging."
511. Denilyn VanGundy, Norman, OK, USA, Center for Children and
"Sparing the rod and nurturing the child are giving a child what
they need. We must eliminate the punishing mentality as well as
the punishing tools."
512. Richard Morris, Norman, OK, USA
"This guy should be locked up."
513. Dr. Aurolyn Luykx, Norman, OK, USA
"I am shocked to hear of this. Are we becoming
514. Kristen Burkett, Cleveland County, CASA, Inc., Norman, OK, USA
515. Mary L. Sharp, Norman, OK, USA, student in Masters of Social Work
Program at OU
"This is the most disgusting idea--selling rods with which to
abuse children! I am embarrassed that people might connect this
backward and extremely harmful 'tool for chastening' to our great state
of Oklahoma. I have seen children who have been beaten with
extension cords, adult fists, and whatever else sick parents had on
hand. Please don't encourage more violence by allowing the Slide
Manufacturing Co. to get away with selling this criminal, vicious tool
to anyone! They should be taken out and 'chastened' with their
516. John Knehans, Norman, OK, USA, University of Oklahoma student
517. Tammie Burton, Lawton, OK, USA
518. Ashley Campbell, Sapulpa, OK, USA
"With the information availale at our fingertips today, it's
plain laziness that leads to hitting."
519. Marilyn Metzger, Norman, OK, USA, Family Advocate Mary Abbott
"Painful beatings are not tools of learning no one can learn
when they are hurt, angry embarassed or frightened. This cannot
be promoted in a State trying to be modern and attract new
business. We must raise our children to be a part of new
business. Beating them will not especially buying something to
beat them with. Marilyn"
520. Julie Peterson, Grand Prairie, TX, USA
521. Aimee Rook, MHR, ATR, LPC, Norman, OK, USA, Winding Creek
Elementary School Counselor
"When will they cease with the literal metaphor? Jesus
never beat anyone. He only loved. Governor Henry, please
take a stand for all children. Campaign to outlaw such terrorism."
522. Mrs. Lorrine Alfano, Pompano Beach, FL, USA
"All god's creatures should be treated with love understanding
523. Kimberly Reynolds, Lawrence KS, USA
524. Jayni Chase, Bedford, NY, USA, Wife-Mother/Activist
"It's time that we all work together to share information. It is
absolutely, without a doubt, proven that hitting a child is only
damaging. There are no benefits that will come from hitting a
child. Violence is not the answer, loving and talking is."
525. Melissa Butterworth, Plattsburgh, NY, USA, Student
"It was a metaphor in the Bible to spare thee rod, I'm quite
sure that this was not the rod that was intended. I am speechless
to a tool such as this being sold."
526. Dale Wares, Oklahoma City, OK, USA, Programs Manager/OKDHS
"As a former child abuse investigator, I am appalled that this
device is manufactured and marketed in Oklahoma. As long as we
condone the use of corporal punishment as a means of discipline, we
will never win the campaign to abolish physical abuse of children."
527. Fran Morris, Oklahoma City, OK, USA
"This is an international disgrace for Oklahoma."
528. Lonnie Spires, Columbia, SC, USA
"Let me try using that rod on some of the parents and let's see
how they like it!!"
529. Colleen Jeffrey, Groton, MA, USA
"It is appalling that anyone would actually purchase this
product and use it on a small child. It is child abuse not
discipline. Please do not let them hide behind the Bible and
their idiotic interpretation of 'spare the rod, spoil the child'.
What would Jesus do? Teach by example with love and compassion."
530. Jim Hunt, Lowell, MA, USA
"Disgusting! Either close this factory or blow it up."
531. David Russell, Ph.D., Perrysburg, OH, USA, President: Westvon
"This can only leave welts and bruises. That should never
be the goal of punishment."
532. Rachel Johnson, Tulsa, OK, USA, Music Teacher
"This is a terrible tool for any use or means of punishment of a
534. Annie Levine, Brooklyn, NY, USA
"Beating little babies is not normal behavior. I'm
appalled that these items are being sold. We have to stop the
madness before children are killed or maimed for life."
535. Elin Fowler, Margate, FL, USA
"This made me sick to my stomach. Stop the insanity!!"
536. Ellen Slavin, Milford, CT, USA, Grandmother-babysitter
"Sadistic person or persons who thought this up, you are sad,
hurtful and ignorant."
537. Debbie Fein, Philadelphia, PA, USA
"The Pearls should be whipped."
538. Mrs. Deborah Williams, Eat Liverpool, OH, USA
"I just cannot believe this.....SICK, SICK, SICK THE PEOPLE WHO
WROTE THIS BOOK ARE EVIL......"
539. Connie Nutter, Lubbock, TX, USA
540. Dwain Whitehurst, Iuka, MS, USA, United Methodist Pastor
541. Darlene J. Waters, S. Grafton, MA, USA, mom
"This is absolutely the most barbaric thing I have ever seen."
542. Gena Claudel, Atlanta, GA, USA
"Jesus suffered for us and our sins. Our children should
not have to."
543. Lorrie Corvin, Kansas City, MO, USA
544. Jodi Patterson, Atlanta, GA, USA, Jodi & Chase, Inc.
545. Stephanie Davis, Bristol, VA, USA
546. Jack Enyart, Tampa, FL, USA
547. Marie Guiles, Stow, MA, USA
"As an adult parent that was abused as a child, I am appalled
that such devices exist. It is unquestionable in my mind that the
use of such devices encourages the parent to go too far and that
psychological damage to the child will be the outcome."
548. Sarah Bailey, Indianapolis, IN, USA
"How sick that someone would profit from a tool that inflicts
pain on kids."
549. Kristina Woods, Columbus, OH, USA
"Sad. Very, very sad."
550. Carl Roller, Boston, MA, USA
"Appalling. Simply no other word better describes
this. This isn't child 'correction,' it's child abuse.
Don't just stop it...ban it."
551. Andrew Cedrone, Boston, MA, USA, JBCC
552. Dennis Sheehy, Portland, ME, USA
"Abhorrent way to treat children. It teaches them that
violence is an acceptable way to dominate others. It doesn't
553. Kathryn Brinner, MD, Cambridge, MA, USA
"As a pediatric resident, the idea of someone making money off
such a horrible practice as spanking is sickening."
554. Susan Smith, Easton, MA, USA
"Anyone who would hit a child should be ashamed of themselves."
555. Susan Huggins, Peabody, MA, USA
"I do believe children need guidelines and rules in their lives
to help them grow. I do not believe in a tool that is lused to
beat children complete with an easy hand held grip."
556. Kathy Golden, Boston, MA, USA
"This is just irresponsible. No need for such an
item. It's 2005! Wake Up!"
557. Paul G. Maiorana, Arlington, VA, USA
558. David W. Allen, Milford, NH, USA
"Yet another example of a literal interpretation of an ancient
text completely misunderstood by 21st century Americans."
559. Ariel Penning, Orlando, FL, USA
"I am repulsed by this 'product.' The idea that someone
has found a way to market child abuse absolutely sickens me."
560. Bob Casparius, Stamford, CT, USA
"Violence in any form shows an inability to effectively
communicate to others."
561. Vincent DiRienzo, Burlington, MA, USA
"I am a father and LICSW (Licensed Independent Clinical Social
Worker) who is outraged that this product is allowed to be marketed and
sold as method to discipline children. Corporal punishment is a
form of physical abuse that teaches children about power and the abuse
of power. There are better methods for disciplining chldren and
many resources are available to educate parents on more effective
disciplining techniques i.e. seeking help from a mental health
562. Susann Denes, Carmel, CA, USA
"The whole concept is awful it should be banned."
563. C. Wilkinson, South Orleans, MA, USA
"Did Jesus whip little children? Did Jesus sanction child
abuse? No. You need to stop the selling of this instrument
564. Serenity Foster, Tulsa, OK, USA
565. Elaine Arnold, Altus, OK, USA
"Hitting children is cruel punishment and poor parenting.
A company that make such a horrific tool should be ashamed. They
should be made to spend time with the social workers who visit abused
and battered children who may very likely be the victims of their
566. Jan Figart, Tulsa, OK, USA, Child Care Resource Center
"The Child Care Resource Center opposes physical abuse.
Every effort should be made to restrict the sale of an item whose sole
intent is to physically harm a child."
567. Bobby Coppins, Reading, MA, USA
"Absolutely sickening that a company would promote pain/violence
568. John Bales, Dallas, TX, USA
"'The Rod' is not better than caning people in the far
east. Maybe 'sparing the rod' was the method of discipline in the
middle east during biblical times, but it's no longer an acceptable
practice in the 21st century. Please help to remove this
abominable product from the market."
569. V. Johnson, Washington, DC, USA
"What kind of psychopatic ego does it take to think a 200 pound
adult should be hitting a 30 pound child with anything? Violence
breeds violence, not respect. I should know having been hit
repeatedl;y with a belt as a child. If I can teach my dog good
behavior using words and positive encouragement, I can teach a child."
570. Uoe Utsler, Los Angeles, CA, USA
"If it isn't specifically illegal to market and sell a device
specifically designed to beat children, it certainly should be."
571. Suzanne Connolly, Falmouth, ME, USA
"Violence begats violence."
572. Dr. Patrick Connolly, Portland, ME, USA, Martin's Point Health Care
"Stop the rod, spare the child."
573. Adam Conner-Simons, Newton, MA, USA, Pomona College
574. Leo Espinosa, Cambridge, MA, USA, Graphic Designer
"The only asociation one can make between religioin and
children's rights is that such rights are sacred. Stop the rod
575. Cydney Visio, Springfield, MO, USA, Mommy
576. Nathan Harrington, Lewiston, ME, USA
577. Julie Brown, Sacramento, CA, USA, Mother and Citizen
"This is reprehensible. Such devices do nothing but
promote the abuse of children. As someone who was hit with things
such as clothing hangers, it does nothing but create emotional problems
for a child."
578. Erica, Addison, TX, USA
579. Erin Nicole Moore, Canyon, TX, USA, Outraged College Student
"I am currently writing a speech on abuse occuring within
homeschool environments, and this only furthers my opinions on this
subject. It is outrageous that we are teaching our children
and BABIES that it is okay to use force to express ourselves. I
am sick to my stomach!"
580. David Barns, Grinnel, IA, USA
"This is really disturbing, no child need be struck with
something to inflict injury out of anger. Don't tell me this is
about love or chastening, this is taking the sin of RAGE out on
581. Laura Lindsay, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, mama to two
"I saw this ad in a homeschooling magazine and became literally
SICKENED at the thought of a WEAPON being sold for the express purpose
of beating a child. I CANNOT believe this is legal. You
purchasers think this instrument will make your chlid respect your
values and love you?? What do YOU think you're teaching
them? You're teaching them that they're not safe with you.
You're teaching them that you, who are supposed to be the one person
(or two parents) on earth who should love them above all else, that you
are unable to control yourself and your anger towards them. What
kind of children do you think you'll create with this??"
582. Helen Hanigan, North Andover, MA, USA, Librarian
"The manufacture and sale of the rod must be stopped. We
try to protect children from unsafe toys. This device goes way
beyond that; it's abusive."
583. Elizabeth Young, Brooklyn, NY, USA
"It's sad that people use the bible to justify the fact that
they can't control their tempers when they are frustrated with their
children and/or parenting."
584. Adrian Drake, Milwaukee, WI, USA
"As a victim of 'righteous' abuse as a child, seeing this sent
shivers down my spine. This must be stopped."
585. Monica Vasquez, New York, NY, USA, Designer
"The Rod will only create angry adults. There are other
ways to make money."
586. Sheila Dollard, Danvers, MA, USA
"Great effort to stop hurting children. Think of the
impact you will have on so many. Thanks for being courageous
enough to make a difference."
587. Pamela Ramming, Hydro, OK, USA, Parent
588. Sarah Fanning, Washington, DC, USA, Editor/Punkymoms
"This is absolutely abhorrent! It does advocate child
abuse and must be stopped!"
589. Mike Mitch, USA
"Sends the WRONG message - not to mention the torment and pain
that children do not deserve."
590. Victoria Bunch, Bamberg, SC, USA, Mother of 3
"I never have and never will understand child abuse. A
child is to be loved and nurtured into growth of a well balanced adult
not beaten and battered with a stick."
591. Michelle Butler, Dallas, TX, USA, homeschool mother, state
accredited elementary teacher
"If the 'rod' is a literal word in the book of Proverbs, then
other references in Proverbs must also be literal. Consider the
Proverbs Chapter One Wisdom calls, cries, laughs, and mocks. In chapters Eight and Nine
Wisdom walks and builds. I wonder what she looks like if the Proverbs are literal?
Proverbs Chapters Five and Twenty-two state the mouth of an adulteress is a "deep pit"
592. Katrina Drake, Milwaukee, WI, USA
and "drips honey." I wonder how deep it is and if she has a drooling problem. Literal!!
Proverbs 23:2 "Put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony". Wow there are
alot of fat overweight christians out there who should commit suicide. Afterall it is
If the five "rod" references in the Book Of Proverbs are to be literal then so must the
previous mentioned references and many, many more. Or perhaps these people who want to
use the Bible as an excuse for their criminal behavior have received some sort of divine
inspiration telling them that only the verses referring to the rod are literal.
"Whoever created this 'child training' item should be beaten
with it. What were they thinking?"
593. Teri King, Sylmar, CA, USA
594. Lindsey Jackson, Merrimack, NH, USA
"This is a disgusting and horrifying product!!!"
595. Nicole Alley, New Haven, CT, USA
"Must be stopped! The sale of this should be illegal."
596. Mrs. Angela Mills, Eaton Rapids, MI, USA
"I agree this isn't even human, I have three daughters and this
'Rod' just ticks me off!!! I believe children need to be
disciplined but not ike this at all!!!"
597. John A. S. Rogers, Portland, ME, USA, facilitator - father support
"The concept that somehow causing pain, fear, emotional
distress, nightmares, and other trauma in children is somehow 'for
their own good,' is perhaps the greatest uncivilized drivel ever
invented. I am certain that parents who use such devices--or any
means employed primarily to cause pain, trauma, emotional distress,
nightmares, impoverished self-image, and terror--do not see their
children as people at all but rather as things--like a new automobile,
a summer house, a diamond bracelet. For these forlorn souls the
child is not, of course, a person at all but an object, a possession to
be displayed. These parents' principal concern is that their
child 'present a polite demeanor' or 'an attractive image' or some such
crap. I fail to understand how any person--child or adult--can
possibly respect, love, admire, even tolerate someone who causes him
pain and suffering.
Here's my favorite quote from Dr. Alice Miller, renowned child
psychiatrist: 'We don't yet know, above all, what the world might be
like if children were to grow up without being subjected to
humiliation, if parents would respect them and take them seriously as
598. Kate Berthelsen, Methuen, MA, USA
599. April Wycherley, Havelock, NC, USA
"I am a Pagan homeschooling mother, and there is no way I would
EVER use this torture device on my children!!!! If I were to hit
a 200 pound adult with something like this, I would go to jail for
aggravated assault, but it's ok to hit my 50 pound 7 year old with
it??!!! I don't think so!! If it's ASSAULT on an adult,
then surely it's ABUSE on a child!! The Rod HAS to go!"
600. & 601. Eleanor and Buron Jaffe, Boston, MA, USA, retired
school counselor and retired physician
"This is a step backward into the dark ages. These
manufacturers and the users of the rods need education, and their
children need protection. Stop the rod."
602. Lindsay E. K. Lichtenwalter, Milwaukie, OR, USA
603. Lillian Moreno, Beeville, TX, USA
"This is an item of torture and a similar item was used in the
medieval times. Haven't we strived to become a more rational
604. Samuel K. Kelley, MD, Cohasset, MA, USA, Medical Director,
Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Children
"The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends alternative
methods of discipline. Dr. Benjamin Spock and the office of the
U.S. Surgeon General also have advised against corporal punishment of
605. Rick McGuire, Austin, TX, USA
"I think the rod should be banned as a device for punishing
children. It should only be used to punish yourself. Like
McDonalds, 'I'm lovin' it!"
606. Eileen Scully, Gatineau, QC, CANADA
"This is unbelievable!!! Corporal punishment! Please
STOP making and selling them NOW!"
607. Terence McCorry, Boynton Beach, FL, USA, Director of Campus
"Horrible misuse of scripture."
608. Sylvia Saunders, Ottawa, ON, CANADA
"Children can be taught so much more with love and
compassion. Love and cherish those beautiful children. They
are a precious gift. This rod has no part in our society.
Let us all speak up and have it abolished."
609. Jo-Anne Stasiuk, Ottawa, ON, CANADA
"It's hard to believe that there is a market for this in
2005. Anyone who uses such a device is committing Child Abuse
610. Sandra Jones, Ottawa, ON, CANADA
"Totally unacceptable. I ask that this item be banned for
611. Jim Fisk, Long Beach, CA, USA
"I was physically abused by one of my parents throughout
childhood. I have two sons, 17 and 10 years old, and both are
wonderful, healthy kids with great dispositions, as well as great
citizens. My wife and I have never spanked them and do not
support any form of physical expression of anger or discipline.
We controlled where the bar was set, and as a result, strong discussion
is enough to impress the kids as to what is right and what is wrong
behavior. I am proof that the abuse does not have to continue
from generation to generation. That said, I have gone through a
considerable amount of therapy and counseling to work out some of the
complexities resulting from a crummy childhood. Physical
punishment is NOT a solution."
612. Shana West, Columbus, OH, USA, EFL Teacher
"I find it cruel and unusual that anyone should discipline their
children with pain. If someone were rude to me on the street and
I whipped them for it, I'd be arrested. How can it then be
justifiable to do it to my children?"
613. James Foucar, Brighton, ENGLAND, ABSS - Boarding Concern
"As someone who endured inappreopriate and unjustified physical
abuse as a child with a similar implement, I call upon the Sate of
Oklahoma to immediately ban this cruel instrument of child torture."
614. A.M. Ansari, Nashville, TN, USA, Founder/STOP Corporal Punishment
615. Paul Previte, Austin, TX, USA
"Mean, hateful parents make mean, hateful children."
616. Gary Wood Harper, Houston, TX, USA
"From caution in 1984 to speechless in 2004..."
617. A. Howard, IRELAND, Teacher
"To expand upon the advertisement for this disgusting
product: 'Brains Are For Using'."
618. Susan Berlowitz, New York, NY, USA
"Although I am not a church goer, I want to support your efforts
to eliminate this tool. I don't believe in hitting children, with
anything. I am appalled that anyone can think this is OK. I
have also, recently, read about the use of tabasco sauce, and other
varieties of hot sauces, as a way to discipline young children.
Yesterday, in a Village Voice article, I read about a stun gun, called
a B-Stick, that sells for $29.95. I can't even begin to imagine a
mind that thinks these things up. I have two grown boys, and it
never would have occurred to me to use any of these tools. I
don't believe in corporal punishment. To begin with, the
difference in size, between chidren and adults, immediately signals an
imbalance of pwer. I remember as a small child, my parents hands
coming toward me from bodies towering above me, and never quite, for
the most part, understanding what I had done. Is fear what we
really want to instill in children?"
619. M. Cruz, Hamptons, MA, USA, SAHM CONCERNED CHRISTIAN PARENT
"Ditto: 'When the Bible talks of 'spare the rod, spoil the
child' it is within the context of shepherding. A shepherd uses a
rod to guide and protect the sheep, not to beat them.
When a child hits a child, we call it aggression.
When a child htis an adults, we call it hostility.
When an adult hits an adult, we call it assault.
When an adult hits a child, we call it discipline.
(what's wrong with this picture?)
'Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is
His reward.' Ps. 127:3"
620. Sarah Gregg, Montreal, QC, CANADA, Student
"I believe this object to be deeply wrong. It's terrible
to think of something being sold legally to hurt children. It's
621. Jennifer Cox, DeSoto, TX, USA
622. M.L.S., Columbus, OH, USA
"It disgusts me that some people still think hitting a child is
a proper tool for discipline. STOP THE ROD! We need to
break the cycle of violence in this country, and around this world!"
623. Mrs. B. Bergmann, Arlington, TX, USA
"Any parent who purchases this product should be ashamed of
themselves along with any other adult who condones its use. Child
abuse is illegal, and the only purpose of this product is the
implementation of such abuse."
624. Marcelle, LaFace, North Bay, ON, CANADA, mother
"This ad promotes abuse on OUR CHILDREN, this is against your
laws, is it not? Please enforce your law and charge this promoter
to the full extent of those laws."
625. Joanmichelle Rafferty, Malden, MA, USA, TRI-CAP
"We need to teach children, not abuse them. Haven't we
learned anything, abuse and neglect do not teach, they harm. This
needs to be stopped. I was appalled when I came across this, to
think that it still goes on is a disgrace."
626. Erin Leiter, Elkhart, IN, USA
627. Allison Day, Bagdad, Tasmania, AUSTRALIA Mom of precious 2
"How appalling and so sad that these misguided people can use
their religion to promote CHILD ABUSE I especially like the 'cushioned
vinyl grip' so these loving parents can avoid hurting their precious
hands while beating their not so precious little babes. These
sort of people are why the world is such a violent place."
628. Michelle Beaubien, CANADA
"I am repulsed by this instrument of torture. I've raised
a little boy without EVER having to resort to physical cruelty.
Love, talking, and REASON work just fine thank you. There is
never any excuse to hit your baby. Whoever came up with this
horrific idea should be imprisoned for endagering children.
Today's abused kids could be tomorrow's killers."
629. Jenny Schmidt, JD, Chicago, IL, USA
"I accidentally came across this. How utterly repulsive
that such a tool is even made. It is outrageous and
immoral. Parents who use this should have this used on
630. P. Hoek, Den Haag, Zuid-Holland, THE NETHERLANDS, Home educating
"It's awful and deeply sad that Bible verses are used for
something as appalling as this rod. And I was shocked to find out
that a hoemschooling magazine placed this advertisement. Thank
you for not producing the rod anymore. May all home aducators
(and all people, for that matter) see that children thrive on love and
not on violence."
631. Angie Bustamante, Concord, NC, USA
632. Natalie Watkins, San Antonio, TX, USA
"Jesus Christ did not get whipped so children would have to
endure the same. This is immoral at best. A society is
judged by the way in which it treats it weakest members."
633. Christopher Beaudien, Burnaby, Vancouver, CANADA
"Set an example to children, oh parents who support thee mighty
Rod: It's good to beat and humiliate a living being smaller than you
(ex. troublemakers, puppies, babies, etc.). What good does
inflicting pain do to teach a child what the rod practices
otherwise? Here's an idea: Why not teach them right from
wrong with a loving embrace, encouraging participation for the good of
one's community, and a broad education that elevates their tolerance,
courtesy, and good will to a plane worthy of a saint. The moral
of the ROD -- Treat them like an animal with a whip to the back, and
you get a man who expects to be wounded for the rest of his life.
For the sake of your children -- grow up!"
634. Anna Kaiser, Bulverde, TX, USA
635. Carol Schneider, Tecumseh, OK, USA
"If we are ever to turn toward a kindlier society and a safer
world, a revulsion against the physical punishment of children would be
a good place to start." - Dr. Benjamin Spock
636. Wendee Shulsen, Seattle, WA, USA
637. Michelle Wright, San Antonio, TX, USA
638. Heather Ewing, Salt Lake City, UT, USA
640. Sandra Christensen, Raleigh, NC, USA
641. James Christensen, Raleigh, NC, USA, Father of 4
642. Trista Kisner, Havelock, NC, USA, Mother of two
643. Kevin Lee Hawley, Lachine, MI, USA, Homeschool Dad
"This is just so sickening!"
644. Cheri Benitez, Aurora, CO, USA, Artistic Creations
"This is so horrible, I don't even know what to say . . .
Wouldn't it be better to talk to your child rather than beating them
645. Sherri Underwood, Talihina, OK, USA
646. Molly Murphy, Irving, TX, USA, Mom
"THIS DISGUSTS ME!"
647. Bonnie Patterson, Tampa, FL, USA
648. Patty Bonney, St. Louis, MO, USA
649. Carol Narigon, Dayton, OH, USA
"Imagine someone twice your height hitting you with a flexible
plastic rod. How terrifying that would be. Would you call
that love? Would Jesus? I don't read publications that
advertise The Rod."
650. Dr. Kim Brown, Nashua, NH, USA
"Dear Governor Henry,
As a healthcare professional and parent, I find it appalling that you
have not put a stop to the sale of this device. It's time for
Oklahoma to join the rest of the country in the 21st century.
Does your state allow the sale of wife-beating rods as well?"
651. Kathleen Santucci, Dayton, OH, USA, Unschooling mom of two
"This is an implement of child abuse, and needs to be made
652. Amy Scott, Yellow Springs, OH, USA
"What would Jesus do?"
653. Rebekah Yoder, Canby, OR, USA, Mother & thinking,
compassionate human being
"This weapon is Evil, as are its creators and those who purchase
it and use it to abuse their poor innocent children in some twisted
idea of 'love'. Evil, this is just pure Evil."
654. Sandra Regal, Apopka, FL, USA
"This is a sickening example of child abuse sold under the guise
of misguided religion. The 'rod' of the Bible was for directing
655. Gloria Barton, Atwater, CA, USA, Student
"Tools like this rod used to beat someone should not even
exist. This company should sell a book on how to be a good
parent, without violence."
656. Michael Howard Hamburger, Collingswood, NJ, USA
"This is Barbaric!! There is currently a public outcry
against the use of torture in Iraq and Guantanamo, however, torture
begins at home!! Please, for the Love of God (no pun intended)
stop all sales of this 'torture device'."
657. Robin Billings, Claremore, OK, USA
"I shudder to think a fellow Oklahoman even invented this!"
658. Michael Hihllanbrand, Skippack, PA, USA, Parent
"The rod is illegal to use on dogs - or prisoners, including
prisoners of war. Why is it legal to sell and use this instrument
on our children? The image of the Good Shepher - whose ROD and
STAFF COMFORT me is not because whipping is comforting. Shephers
do not whip their sheep. The rod is, along with staff may be used
to gently coax - touching to redirect - NOT whip, and to protect
against feral animals. From a word usage study - the hebrew root
is used mainly for measuring. A child raised up - without a
measure - or set of rules/guidelines - will be 'spoiled'."
659. Rena, Logansport, IN, USA
660. Bridget Berger, Sioux City, IA, USA, Registered Nurse and mother
661. Devin Furey, Ashland, OR, USA
"This archaic form of overt sexual abuse we call 'spanking'
ruins lives and destroys hope for peace in the world; that should not
be for sale!"
662. Alain Elshocht, Poitiers, FRANCE
"Love and dialog are better than violence to teach children..."
663. Alicia Seale-Key, Xenia, OH, USA
"How interesting that the handle is padded for the comfort of
the abuser! THIS IS DISGUSTING!!!"
664. Karen Burd, Tulsa, OK, USA
"Corporal punishment is not effective, and breeds future
665. Jeanne Clarke, Baltimore, MD, USA, mother of two home schooled
"I have never needed to hit my children inorder to teach
them. Most children love learning naturally...to use this would,
I think, instill in them a fear of learning.....a home school is not a
'juvenile prison'. Is it going to take the death of a child thru
use of one of these rods in order to stop their sale and usage? I
666. Oliver Dutton, New Orleans, LA, USA
"This is truly sickening."
667. Randall K. Sobien, Albuquerque, NM, USA
"Seeing this is a reminder of everything wrong with
religion. What else is to be said other than it's sick."
668. Richard Sobien, Albuquerque, NM, USA, Biologist
"This sick thing needs to be outlawed."
669. Annie Perry, Oxford, OH, USA, Student, Miami University
"I am shocked and appalled that a company would make money from
selling a device used to hit children. Violence should never be
enacted upon children. Never."
670. Richard Pierard, Beverly, MA, USA
"As a Christian, I am appalled by this. Can't you put an
end to this atrocious action in your state?"
671. Robert Mathis, Gaffney, SC, USA
"Why would anyone resort to a 'rod' to discipline
children. If you don't hit your dog, why do you hit your
children. One must also keep in mind the type of verbal
correction...not verbal abuse."
672. Vicki Olubo, Olathe, KS, USA
"While I believe in discipline, hitting anyone with a WHIP is
abuse. As a horse trainer I often carry a whip, as an extension
of my arm for direction, NEVER FOR WHIPPING!"
673. Michael Charon, Saint Petersburg, FL, USA
674. Marilyn Hilton, Sanford, FL, USA
"This is one of the more disgusting literal interpretations of
the Bible I have seen. It is a blasphemy. We live in the
21st century. Please put an end to this."
675. Kathleen Mainard, Enumclaw, WA, USA
"I cannot believe a device whose only function is to inflict
pain on anyone much less a child can be marketed under the guise of
676. Kate Wolford, Goshen, IN, USA
"This is a dreadful tool and should not be for sale.
Children who are raised up with love and firm guidance will be good
citizens as adults. Beatings are not necessary or right -- or
677. Mark Kennet, Seneca Falls, NY, USA, Sr. Rec. Therapist
"It amazes me that this product would ever reach the
marketplace. Not a good sign for our society inmy view.
Where the love?"
678. Roberta Torrey, Kansas City, MO, USA
679. Catherine Martin, Lafayette, LA, USA
"When we don't want something, we say 'Spare Me', but people
understand the bible, the way they want. Well the bible says
spare the rod, spoil the child, I know how I understand that, using the
rod is ABUSE!"
680. Dawn Arthurs Peck, Evans City, PA, USA
681. Jaci Underwood, Hicksville, OH, USA
"This is asinine - take a 'survey' of the kids who've been beat
and roughed around - how they feel about it."
682. Jeni Kendrick, Milton, FL, USA
"The company that sells this product should have included a
jillstone with the purchase of this weapon, and should also have a
millstone sent to anyone associated with the production and
distribution of this weapon...Matthew 18:3 & Matthew 18:6 - "And
said, Verily I say unto you, except ye be converted and become as
little children, ye shall not enter the kingdom of heaven."..."But
Whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it
were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and
that he were drowned in the depth of the sea."
683. Caroline H. Vowell, Woodstock, GA, USA, Private citizen
"Some sick, mean, hateful person must have thought this one up."
684. Vivian Hernandez, New Orleans, LA, USA
"Thank you Mrs. Lawrence for dedicating so much of your time to
bringing thissad little piece of 'entrepreneurship' to our attention,
as well as the bigger issue of corporal punishment. I hope your
insightful interview with Beliefnet.com helps at least one parent
reconsider whether corporal punishment is the best way to discipline
685. Elizabeth J. Verril, Hampstead, NH, USA
"While I do believe there is a lack of respect and discipline in
many home, Christian or not, The Rod is NOT the answer. The
manufacturer is sick, as is the company who published the ad (and made
their money on it). How about stones? Is stoning coming
back into vogue??"
686. Michael Mayers, St. Louis, MO, USA, High School Teacher
"Hard to belive something like this is advertised. If you
can't control your children with non-violent methods, how are they
going to react when they grow up? What happens when violence is
the only thing they understand? Honestly, what would you do if
your boss used the 'Rod' on you?"
687. Carol Bevins, Redford, MI, USA
"Unbelievable. I am a mother of 4 and it angers me to see
a product on the market like this."
688. Paula Jennings, Dumont, NJ, USA
"I was appalled when I saw the article and now this
advertisement. I am a strong Christian and have always felt that
using any type of instrument to 'discipline' a child is child
abuse. I will never understand how people can consider it
'Christian' behavior to discipline children in this way. I know a
parent who pinches her child to leave a mark so that he will remember
next time what he did that was disobedient. In my opinion all of
that behavior is abusive and nearly always leaves a lasting negative
impact that affects the victim their entire life. I also feel
that hovering over a child with instruments such as 'the rod' or a belt
or spoon is mentally abusive and also leaves lasting negative effects."
689. William Triebel, Austin, TX, USA
"It might not be Christian thinking, but I would rather use one
on the people selling them, then see if their opinion changes."
690. Sandra Naramore, MO, USA, educator
"Cushioned handle? No sense in spoiling the experience for
the abuser, eh? Balanced and easy to use? If this was a
skit on Saturday Night Live, I'd say they went way too far. There
will always be idiots who go too far...the lunatic fringe, but what I
find even more appalling than the sadists who dreamed up this evil
torture...is the publication that willingly advertised it...did they
make a profit? Had I been a subscriber, I would have instantly
called and cancelled my subscription. Then I would sit down and
wonder what other false teachings they had been trying to pawn off on
me over the years. I went to a private Christian college in OK,
and I feel very fortunate that I got out of the state that still seems
to be in the dark ages. When leaders don't represent and protect
the public, what are they leading?"
691. Barbara Cuebas, Springfield, MO, USA, Tai Chi For Me
"An abomination! We spend time, money and resources trying
to PREVENT child abuse inour states and our nation--this sort of weapon
is exactly what all government and social service organizations are
trying to eradicate. It is also inhumane to even think of using
such a weapon upon a defenseless child."
692. S. S. Shiva Singh Khalsa, Chicago, IL, USA, Minister Sikh
Dharma of Ilinois
"This is despicable. In this day and age to be so ignorant
about the effects of abuse is a cause ofr great concern. Compare
their marketing tools to: 1st Corinthians 4:21 - Whatdo you
desire? Shall I come to you with a rod, or with love and a spirit
693. Tiffani Varner, Springdale, AR, USA
"Fundamentalism's love affair with violencehas gone too far."
694. Nakia Jackson, Boston, MA, USA
"Children who are taught with violence learn one thing -
695. Sarah Thakker, Shreveport, LA, USA
696. Maria Casella, Teaneck, NJ, USA
"THIS ROD SHOULD BE PULLED OFF THE MARKET. THIS IS VERY
BAD!! LET"S GET THIS OUT OF PEOPLE'S HANDS AND GET THEM MORE INTO
YOUR CHILD'S LIFE. YES CHILDREN NEED DISCIPLINE BUT NOT THIS WAY."
697. Kathy Thomas, Humboldt, IA, USA
"Shame on the magazine and other types of media that sell ad
space to this creep"
698. Ted Vandervveldt, Norman, OK, USA
699. M. Kridner, Anaheim Hills, CA, USA, preschool teacher
700. Gina Marks, Coatesville, PA, USA
"I am not sure which I am more saddened by...that people would
use this device on their children, or that someone is making money from
the sale of it (and calling himself a Christian).
701. JKR, Pasadena, CA, USA
"Children are as entitled to freedom from nonconsensual asault
as are adults. Selling a tool specifically designed for
physically assaulting kids is UNACCEPTABLE! Hitting is not
healthful for children and other living things. The "ROD" must be
702. Linda Kinney, LCSW, Indianapolis, IN, USA
"I have worked with children incarcerated in a 'correctional
facility' for youth. Most of the children sent to that place were
victims of abuse/neglect. The Rod is nothing more than a weappon
of humiliation and torture. Parents who believe hurting their
children teaches them how to lived in the world will find thousands of
ways of doing so, without access to the Rod. Please ban the
manufacture, promotion, distribution of this revolting product."
703. Aimee LoPresti, Cicero, IL, USA
"You must not allow a tool used to abuse young children to be
sold from your state. You have a responsibility to the children
who don't have a voice to speak up against this abuse."
704. Melissa Huston, North Little Rock, AK, USA
"It is difficult to understand the promotion of beating children
with objects. It's even more difficult to understand why a
government would look the other way."
705. Yol Swan-Dass, Weaverville, NC, USA
"This is the most outrageous thing I've ever seen. This is
promoting child abuse and violence in a country with already too much
of it. Children deserve respect and not to be 'trained' like
animals! Violence bears violence and pain bears more
suffering. Respect and love promote more respect and love amongst
706. Dann Buchanan, Oklahoma City, OK, USA
"It is very, very sad that people like this exist. And
even more sad that many children still have to live in this kind of
environment. I hope that one day the true peace of God will visit
these people, and they will cease their violence."
707. Christina Clark, Oklahoma City, OK, USA
"I am deeply saddened to see this device. I am embarrassed
to be from a state where this thing is manufactured. Please stop
the production of this item."
708. Ron Humphrey, Augusta, GA, USA
"For all the Christians who abhor this device, you have no one
to blame but yourselves. Your own book of theology commands
this. What could be sicker??? Not for me thank you.
Shut down this company and all those who support this vile behavior."
709. Cheryl Beckett, Memphis, TN, USA
"I urge the governor of Oklahoma to take whatever measures to
stop the manufacture and sales of this instrument of abuse. The
sellers refer to biblical passages of 'spare the rod'. However,
if one looks at the context of a rod used by a shepherd, it is an
instrument to bring the sheep to the fold, not strike them. There
are enough cattlemen to know that one doesn't convince the creatures to
do one's bidding by beating them. It doesn't work with children
710. Pat Carrithers, Spring, TX, USA
"Violence is evil. Violence against the innocent
(children) is the most evil."
711. Lauri H. Goff, Midwest City, OK, USA
"This makes me almost ashamed to be from Oklahoma. Please
stop this now! This state can make 'adult' toys illegal to sell
insome places, but allow this?"
712. Janessa Kennett, Seneca Falls, NY, USA
"I will help in any way I can to help stop the sale of the
rod. I was disgusted to find out there was such a thing in
existence being advertised and sold!"
713. Kirstin Paisley, Olympia, WA, USA
714. Linda Eisenhauer, Canton, IL, USA
"People need to use common sense and discernment when
interpreting the Bible. To use it as an excuse for child abuse is
very sick and twisted thinking and not at all in the spirit of Christ."
715. Sue Misenheimer, Farwell, MI, USA
"Stop this practice. Child abuse, 'the gift that keeps on
giving one generation to another....' Oddly we have laws that
protect pets/animals better than we do children!!!!!!!"
716. Joy Pletcher, South Bend, IN, USA
"It is just horrible that child abuse is hidden behind the word
717. Daniel Beckett, Portland, OR, USA
"It is wrong. Plain and simple."
718. R. Van Vleet, Kearney, NE, USA, School Counselor
"Incredibly sad. We all have a deep responsibiblity to
protect all children from harm."
719. Rich Zimmerman, Carteret, NJ, USA
720. Lisa Sblendorio, St. Paul, MN, USA, Educator
721. Dagny SanMiguel, San Diego, CA, USA
"This is not 'training,' but abuse, and perpetuates the cycles
722. Phoebe ANNE (Sorgen), Berkeley, CA, USA, parent
"A great book: How to Talk so Kids will Listen and Listen
so Kids will Talk. My child is in high school now and is very
smart and talented, makes excellent grades, has many friends. The
thing I am most proud of, as a parent, is that my teen is a very kind
person. Spanking can mess kids up psychologically. Therapy
can help heal them later, but physical violence is never helpful."
723. Ellen Horstman, Santa Rosa, CA, USA, Parent/Homemaker
"It is appalling to think that this device is being manufactured
to 'train' children. Children should not be disciplined with a
whip, or any other tool. Please get this rod off the market!!"
724. Karen Olsen, Seattle, WA, USA
"Quite obviously, this is an unsafe product, advocated by some
very disturbed individuals who encourage parents to beat children and
even infants with this thing, something even the fundamentalist
'BabyWise' people don't condone. Such a practice is simply sick
and extreme, and should be reserved strictly for consenting adults who
willingly participate in BDSM. Encouraging its use on children
and even infants reflects very distrubed, sadistic thinking by people
who believe God is a control freak and sadomasochist. This thing
should be banned by court order!"
725. Vicky Elam, Watertown, TN, USA, HomeSafe (A Domestic Violence
"In my opinion, the rod was used in directing or guiding the
sheep out of harms way."
726. Linda Greco, Amherst, NY, USA
"When my son was much younger, he heard about a parent who
spanked children. His comment, 'Why would someone want to hurt
children like that?' In response to the rod, I echo his comment,
and suggest that the sale of the rod supports child abuse."
727. Candace Henson, Little Rock, AR, USA
"If you want to beat a child like he/she is an animal don't
expect your child to act like anything human. The Godly way 'Do
Unto Others As You Would Do Unto Yourself.'"
728. Cecilie Dahl, Bergen, NORWAY, www.babyprat.com
729. Kris Strauss, Racine, WI, USA
"That thing (The Rod) is horrendous!!! That thing is a
deadly weapon! Beating your child with that thing should send you
to jail for many a years! What hideous abuse! Only those
without a sould would find that weapon to be acceptable."
730. Gwendolyn Lauterbach, Oxnard, CA, USA
"I'm sick to my stomach and can't believe this."
731. Sabrina Marie Sollmann, Redondo Beach, CA, USA
"I don't believe in spanking. Solomon said spare the rod
... as indon't use it!"
732. Barbara K. Mardah, New Ulm, MN, USA
733. Nancy Gorman, Evansville, IN, USA
"On this website is the first I've seen of this. It
reminds me of my parents hitting me, the welts and bruises etc.
We used to get hit with whatever was nearest: hand, switch, belt,
broom, it didn't matter. I have a son and I don't understand how
anyone in their right mind can do this to someone they claim to
love. My parents both passed away this last year, and I can't
recall any good memries from my childhood, just the abuse. I know
you are supposed to forgive and forget, but I haven't ever been able to
even when I've tried. Those memories do not go away!"
734. Jim McLaughlin, Florence, SC, USA
"Violence toward youth is wrong on all levels!"
735. N.M. Lewis, NYC, NY, USA
"This is disgusting. First fundies want to teach our kids
ignorance-as-science, now they want to start 'officially' battering
736. Elinor Buxton, West Haven, CT, USA
"Pray for America - a country where ads and products like this
737. Lisa Messmer, Saint Louis, MO, USA
738. Sigrid Haraldsson, Oslo, NORWAY
"It is totally sick, and it disgusts me big time."
739. V. Horton, Oslo, NORWAY, mother of one
"This is an outrage! I am more than shocked to see a thing
such as this being manufactured and advertised. Stop this
NOW! A tool to hurt a child?! Anyone involved in the
production/sale/advertisement of this, ought to be punished."
740. Thomas Sjøberg, Oslo, NORWAY
741. Gry Villmo Haraldsson, NORWAY
742. Fawna Schultz, San Francisco, CA, USA
743. Michelle Rolley, Daisytown, PA, USA, loving mother
"This is horrible. These babies are gifts from GOD and
deserve to be loved to the fullest, not abused."
744. Scott Rolley, Daisytown, PA, USA, loving father
"This is an outrage."
745. Pam Marden, San Francisco, CA, USA
"I've never found it necessary to hit any one of my five
children. I can't believe this is being made and sold in this
746. Candy James, Loretto, TN, USA, concerned parent
"I have unfortunately used corporal punishment with my hand and
only out of ignorance or anger. I regret with every fiber in me
that I am guilty of this. There is no amount of apology that can
bring back the trust of your child. I do punishment differently,
as much as I am capable of. I think some people are so unwilling
to see things differently that change scares them. The only
reason I was raised with corporal punishment is because my parents did
not know another way. There is no excuse now because there are
numerous books that show various options. About the "ROD", it
hurts my stomach to think that there are people that treat their
animals with more respect than their own children. Children need
our love which is spelled "T-I-M-E"and our guidance, which is NOT
spelled "R-O-D". My God... pray for these people."
747. Tamara Waagboe, Trondheim, NORWAY
"I would love to know WHY this is ok? WHY is it ok to hit
a child, but not an adult? Only weak people resort to this kind
748. Yvonne, Bergen, NORWAY
749. Kari-Anne Thu, Stavanger, NORWAY, Student
"It makes me sick. The people using it is making me sick."
750. Julie Vehslage-Hinton, Spencer, IN, USA
"I feel a lot of pity for the person who designed this
disgusting, pain producing article. The life this person grew up
in must have been a devastating one. God be with you."
751. Nina Stensnes, Tønsberg, Vestfold, NORWAY
"I can't believe people still using violence against children."
752. Mary Rushton, Piedmont, SC, USA
753. Jim Rushton, Piedmont, SC, USA, Preschool Service Coord.
754. Timothy George, San Jose, CA, USA
"The use of the devices is disgusting. If this is what
people consider part of family values I am concerned for our country."
755. Linn Gros, NORWAY
756. Janice Dole Dutton, Pacifica, CA, USA, taxpayer
"The only thing you teach by hitting is to hit--children learn
by example. I live in Pacifica--peace."
757. Mrs. Silje Sagstuen, Trondheim, NORWAY
758. Michelle L. Bryans, San Francisco, CA, USA
759. Helen Sanders, Cumberland, MD, USA
"The Rods that have been sold need to be recalled. Any
child that is hit by one of these will be critically injured. Ask
God for guidance not a Rod."
760. LaNeesa McDaniel, Ellenwood, GA, USA
761. Holly Urquizu, Fresno, CA, USA, Rachel & Evan's mom
"Spanking only creates violence in children, it sends a
message tom them that they're 'no good'. There are other
alternatives, what works for me is 'time out'. No child likes to
sit on the 'naught stool' for a period of time, it makes my daughter
think of her bad hehavior and just 'cool off' for a few minutes."
762. Andrew Hanauer, Berkeley, CA, USA
763. Walter Ballin, Chico, CA, USA
764. & 765. Don and Linda Morrell, Anchorage, AK, USA
766. Thomas Conroy, Jersey City, NJ, USA
"This is sickening, and the fact that it is being marketed as a
'Christian' product indicates the degree to which Christianity has been
perverted by disgusting, right wing ideologues, who also, by the way,
condone torture of prisoners of war. When did Jesus ever endorse
hitting a child with a stick?"
767. Jean Gray, Port Orange, FL, USA
"Hit an adult with anything - hand included - and it's
assault! We must protect our children from this abuse and stop
anyone from profiting by it!"
768. Fenna Waldmeier, San Rafael, CA, USA
"I think it is appalling that this product is allowed to be made
and used in a supposedly 'civilised' country. It has nothing to
do with the freedom of raising your child the way you desire, this is
physical abuse and should be made illegal immediately."
769. Paola A. Sensi Isolani, Moaga, CA, USA, Professor, St. Mary's
"Children are not property, and as we would not condone someone
hitting their dog with a rod, so we should forbid doing the same to a
child. Certainly there is nothing at all Christian about hitting
a child in order to discipline!"
770. Lisa Gallond, Raleigh, NC, USA
771. Saundra Y. Addison-Britto, South Orange, NJ, USA, Women To Women
"Corporal punishment of children when condoned by the State is
legalized child abuse. Child abuse in any form is immoral and
tends to be counter-productive in curbing violent behavior."
772. Francisca Erondu, Alexandria, MA, USA
"I fee the rod is a terrible way of disciplining a child.
It is dangerous and harmful to the child, as parents we should watch
out for harmful weapons like the rod."
773. Mrs. Teresa Summerhill, Powhatan, VA, USA
"I am absolutely shocked that something like this is on the
market for hurting children. I find this as a torture weapon!!!"
774. Jeff Summerhill, Powhatan, VA, USA
"You are kidding, right? The manufactor of these needs to
775. C. E. Rash, Jr., Willits, CA, USA
"The state of Oklahoma condones child abuse. This barbaric
practice must stop!"
776. Millie Workman-Lee, Rensselaer, NY, USA
"The scripture does not say to beat children. This is the
meaning of 'Spare the rod, spoil the child' - The 'rod' was a rod used
by shepherds to guide their sheep which were called a 'child'.
This prevented the sheep from going astray and getting killed by
wolves. To say that God meant for us to beat our children with
rods and use the scripture mentioned above to justify it is wicked!"
777. T. J. Williams, Lincoln, AR, USA, higher grounds
"This is a very warped way to look at the bible when it says
spare the rod spoil the child, exactly three verses down it says not to
delight in abusing your child because you're only breeding anger and
778. Martin Gross, San Francisco, CA, USA
779. Joe DiMaio, Castro Valley, CA, USA, Father and grandfather
"There's absolutely no way to justify this barbaric garbage."
780. L Tanya Watson, Antioch, CA, USA
"This is an awful thing... GOD does not want this happening to
781. Sherrie Sapone, Spring Hill, FL, USA
"This is completely wrong. Jesus declared bring the child
to me. Jesus wouldn't agree with this at all. Everyday we
read in the paper and see on the rv, children dying at the hands of
their parents and caretakers. This just tells them that it is ok
to do what is wrong."
782. Julia Spencer, Telford, PA, USA
"God did not create us to beat us." - Dr. Jerry Cook
783. Mimi Boothby, Seattle, WA, USA
"Should we have slaves because they were in the bible too?"
784. Debra Black, Joliet, IL, USA
"Reading this ad and the descriptions of these books make me
sick. How can these people love their children? They have
absolutely no compassion at all. They keep quoting the Old
Testament, but don't quote Jesus at all. Jesus would never
support this kind of behavior."
785. Yvonne Dawes, Oakland, CA, USA
786. Diane McClure, Charlotte, NC, USA
787. Erin Neese, USA, non-spanking Christian mom of 2
"This rod is an implement of child abuse. A relationship
with Jesus is about receiving grace and serving for the joy of it; not
about fear-based obedience."
788. Mary Alice O'Connor, Walnut Creek, CA, USA, Interfaith Minister
789. & 790. Roger G. McClure & E. Geraldine McClure,
Greenville, SC, USA, Private Citizens
"I was born and raised in Oklahoma, but with citizens of your
state publishing articles on the proper abuse of children under the
guise of religion by the use of a rod that they are manufacturing, I am
ashamed for anhone to know I come from there. I feel you should
take whatever action necessary to shut this company down and take all
legal actions possible against them."
791. Kim Cohn Wilks, MA/RDT, MFTI, Berkeley, CA, USA, Child
Therapist-Bay Area Children First
792. I. Shadd, Concord, CA, USA
"I was appalled at reading about this barbaric treatment of
innocent children. It is especially disturbing that this practice
is being touted as related to the scriptures."
793. Tracy Phelps, Beavercreek, OH, USA
"There's too much child abuse out there now and this will just
add to it in the name of religion. It is just a weapon with a
bible to back it up. Get rid of it."
794. Constance D. Ambrosio, Oakland, CA, USA
"I have been a school counselor for over 15 years. Without
a doubt the children who have been discipline with violence in their
own homes are in the majority of the children who evidence learning
problems, depression, and violent behavior themselves. Do not
even use the word Christian in the same sentence with people who
advocate for such treatment of our children. They defile
themselves and Jesus in the same breath."
795. Janice M. Foss, Kensington, CA, USA, Marriage and Family Therapist
796. Wendi Rank, Antioch, CA, USA
"It is always wrong to strike a child. It's wrong to
profit from the manufacture, distribution and sale of weapons against
children. Just remember, we reap what we sow. And what goes
around comes around."
797. Deloise Gaines, Dolton, IL, USA
"I think it wrong to hit any one especially children it doesn't
teach children about right or wrong. It teaches violence."
798. Keith Andreen, Los Angeles, CA, USA
"This is the kind of thing that gives Oklahoma a bad reputation
around the U.S. It gets tough defending your home state when
people in other states can pull things like this and the 'gloves on
Roosters for Cockfighting' articles out and make you feel like you come
from the most backwards, ignorant, redneck state over (which I know
Oklahoma isn't). Please stop this embarrassment. Common
sense clearly dictates that this item promotes child abuse and is quite
simply wrongin both concept and realization."
799. Kelly Hawkins, Parma, MI, USA, Mother
800. Candace Ciambra, Raleigh, NC, USA
801. Nancy A. Chapple, Blue Springs, MO, USA
"This is sick! Whoever thought of this is amean person
with no respect for young human life."
802. Martha Stewart, Orinda, CA, USA, marriage and family therapist
"There are many ways to discipline our children w/o using a rod."
803. James D'Angelo, Camp Hill, PA, USA
"Some people will believe almost anything if you attach a Bible
Verse to it--especially in 'Red States.'"
804. Tina Oliver, Mesa, AZ, USA
"PLEASE stop the sale of the Rod! This is abuse andshould
not be allowed."
805. Brenda Gadowski, Cleveland Heights, OH, USA
"Shocking that his can even be promoted in this day and age."
806. Maria Sciarrino, Schenectady, NY, USA, Administration - GE
"Jesus said to all of the men both old and young, 'if you are
pure, without sin, then throw your rocks' - all threw theirs down
starting from the eldest to youngest. Jesus came to the world not
to condemn the world but to save this world. Jesus is not about
spoiling any of 'us' children or adults, Jesus is aobut Peace, Love,
Forgiveness. 'Do unto others as they would do unto us', 'Treat
others as we would like for them to treat us'. Please STOP this
company from manufacturing this thing 'Rod'."
807. Molly Sonier, Longview, TX, USA, Christian Unschooling Mom of Three
"If you've read the two links at the top of the
www.stoptherod.net website you'll wonder how in heaven's name these
people who call themselves Christians have gained any kind of foothold
in the child rearing business. Not only is 'the rod' appalling
but so is the mindset of someone who thinks they must somehow gain the
'upper hand' with a 4-month-old baby by striking it. Sick,
twisted, and disgusting doesn't even come close. This is a sin
and I have serious doubts about where these barbaric people will spend
808. Bianca M. Gunn, Dothan, AL, USA, Mom, Granny
"This looks like a riding crop without the noisemaker- vile to
use on an animal, criminal to use on a child. Both victims are
trusting souls who have crushable spirits- to crush a spirit is to
commit emotional murder- I think God had something to say about
809. Kristie R. Levesque, New London, CT, USA, Pastor of Worship and
Creative Arts LWRC and Mother to 3 beautiful children
"There is no justification on Earth for this type of pathetic
tool masked as a 'training instrument'. Animals are to be
trained, children are to be led and loved. How is it that in this
country even in training animals it is unacceptable to whip them but
our children are not protected against this? What a shame!
PETA has the right idea, now now about People for the Ethical Treatment
of HUMANS...including precious children."
810. Aimee Lee, New London, CT, USA
811. Joseph Turner, New London, CT, USA
"It really should be self evident, but this is NOT how to train
children, animals or plants. When citing biblical authority,
perhaps the person doing so should also be held to 'an eye for an eye,
and a tooth for a tooth', etc. In this case, a spanking for a
812. Anja Waldmeier, Vancouver, BC, CANADA
"This is torture. Using this tool means you're not allowed
to have children. It's a disgrace! Stop hurting children
now! Boycott 'The Rod'."
813. Rachel Carrion, Old Lyme, CT, USA
"I was stunned to find out that something like this is
advertised and sold in mainstream areas. It is an atrocity to
think that it has not been banned already. Please do everything
that you can to make sure that it is."
814. Caurie Putnam, Rochester, NY, USA
"This is an absolutely horrific product. Protect our
nation's children and ban it."
815. Wayne H. Beebe, Pullman, WA, USA, M.Civ., LMHC, CDP
816. Annette Moss, Norman, OK, USA, Grandmother
817. Edith Caperton, Waycross, GA, USA
"It looks brutal."
818. Joseph Caperton, Waycross, GA, USA
"Should never be used on any human."
819. Gladys Dykes, Hoboken, GA, USA
"I can't believe any one would consider using this on a child!"
820. Jennifer Woods, Shawnee, KS, USA
"This product makes me sick."
821. Mike Wessner, Minneapolis, MN, USA, Former Abuse Victim
"The perpetrators of this vile and disgusting propaganda deserve
to be prosecuted for child abuse and assault with a weapon. I
only hope they get to experience the pain of such a violent attack but
it would still not compare to the pain and fear a child experiences
when they are being violently attacked. If God gave me the power
to judge I would sentence all child abusers to an eternity of being
swatted with a rod, punched in the face, kicked in the stomach, burned
with scalding water, and all the other fine techniques that my father
and other parents devised to discipline their children in the name of
God. Unfortunately God did not give me that power but just the
same I'm sure his punishment would be a lot more creative than mine."
822. Tina Mooney, Corinth, NY, USA
"This is unethical and wrong to be hitting our children in our
school system. This is not the Christian way to bring up our
823. Margie Trujillo, Albuquerque, NM, USA
"If the parents were 'disciplined' with this device I wonder if
they would still believe it's a good thing. How ridiculous and
how awful a testimony for a 'christian' organization."
824. Nicholas Emmanuel, Sylva, NC, USA
825. Marjorie Ando, Lake Forest Park, WA, USA
"As a mother and former teacher, I wish to state that this is
not the way to discipline a child. First of all, talk with your
children to teach them the way you expect them to behave in a certain
situation. If they misbehave, then discuss it with them again and
help them to understand why. This must be done on their level
without going into long details. Make it simple. Don't say,
'Be good' unless you have discussed what you mean by that
statement. It takes time, love and understanding. It takes
repetition until they can speak about it with understanding."
826. Margaret Emmanuel, Sylva, NC, USA
827. Margaret Ordoubadian, Murfreesboro, TN, USA, MTSU
828. Jerrine Brugh, York, NE, USA
829. Kimberly Heck, Mt. Pleasant, SC, USA
"This is criminal. Please help the children."
830. Michelle, Steele, VA, USA
"I do not believe in hitting a child with an object such as 'The
831. Anna Clayton, Pleasant Hill, CA, USA
"As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist I know that
spanking teaches chldren that violence is okay - this is not the
message we should be teaching. Spanking is child abuse."
832. Ana George, San Jose, CA, USA
"Is it OK to hit an adult with the 'Rod' when they disobey,
misbehave, ignore our request, etc...? If not, then what makes it
alright to hit a child with it? It's not alright to hit a
child. Not when there are alternatives (positive discipline)."
833. Kris Yates, Oakland, CA, USA
834. Sheryl Yancy, Dallas, TX, USA
"This is sickening and appalling! Stop it NOW!"
835. Christy Plante, Kinston, NC, USA
"It is absolutely appalling that this device can legally be
marketed to be used on CHILDREN! What's next rods made for
chastising 'disobedient' wives?"
836. S. Wendel, BC, CANADA
837. Amyjean Silling, Windsor, CT, USA
838. Chrys, ON, CANADA
"Einstein once said: 'Man would indeed be in a poor way if he
had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after
death.' -- I believe the same can be attributed to children being
restrained by fear of punishment. Parents who spank their
children as a form of discipline are teaching their children that one
should be good or well-behaved solely out of fear of punishment, and
not because it is generally the logical, 'up-right' thing to do.
I believe whole-heartedly in what you're doing here. Stay
true and strong for the children. This is a good thing. May
God bless you infinitely."
839. Irina Bee, Gaithersburg, MD, USA
840. Vickey Hnatenko, Detroit, MI, USA
"To be honest with you, I have never saw the rod and do not want
to. My step parents beat me as a child with a bed slat and would
say 'spare the rod/spoil the child' it's in the bible. But I can
hardly believe that God wanted his children to be beaten like I
was. And I was NO WAY by no means spoiled. Talk to your
children. They will listen!!!! Give em a hug and let them
know that YOU LOVE THEM UNCONDITIONALLY."
841. P. Holley, Columbus, GA, USA, Grandmother and former child educator
"If find the developers of such a weapon to be advertised as a
discipline for children and babies to be absolutely abhorent and
propagators of the subsequent development of depressed, angry
individuals that will one day run the country. I hope that not
only 'the Rod' be stopped in production, but that those who manufacture
and promote such a weapon also be stopped."
842. & 843. Mr. & Mrs. James Gough, CA, USA
844. Patricia Nemeth, Eustis, FL, USA, Mother of Four
"Children absorb more than the physical blow of a beating, they
absorb the message that they are WORTHLESS. Please stop the
marketing of a weapon for abusing children."
845. Deborah Rhodes Day, Birmingham, AL, USA, Children's Trust Fund
"It seems that for many people, you can put the word 'Christian'
in front of anything and they go for it. Thank Heaven, literally,
for this brave woman and her efforts. She will be in my prayers."
846. Robert Streuer, Danville, IL, USA
847. Amanda J. Cox, Covington, KY, USA
"It is unbelieveable that in our day we would encourage this
type of abusive behaviour to continue. The advertising of this
object of child abuse, in particular in a home schooling publication,
is very disturbing- to any Christian or not."
848. Ruth Anastacia Krell, Cleveland, OH, USA
"I cannot adequately express my abhorrence of this item or its
advertising! Any parent who resorts to corporal punishment is
sadistic and lazy. The effects of it on a child can last a
849. Peggy Dehn, Lancaster, NY, USA
850. Sibyl L. S. Wessler, Charlotte, NC, USA
"Please do the right thing and stop the profit from this type of
851. Betsy Johnson, Winston-Salem, NC, USA
"Violence is violence, whether inflicted by a spoon, belt or
rod. We teach our children violence whenever we are violent with
them. Love them, guide them, teach them, don't beat them."
852. Ann Lee, Alexandria, VA, USA
"I am absolutely overcome by nausea and sadness. I am
angered and horrified that people do this in the name of Christ."
853. Laura S., Asheville, NC, USA
"This is an awful looking product. It looks like something
you would torture someone with. I can NOT believe that someone
would hit a child period but to hit a child with this is Abuse!
There are other more effective ways of disciplining children that do
not involve hitting. I believe that this teaches them that if you
are bigger you can hit. Hitting is wrong!"
854. Nikki Duren, Clanton, AL, USA, United Methodist
"The rod in the Bible is used to guide sheep and children, not
hit them with."
855. C. Doriann Fairchild, Carrollton, TX, USA
"Those people are evil & cruel. They do not deserve to
be anywhere near children."
856. Paul Fairchild, Carrollton, TX, USA, Financial Analyst
"I do not believe we need to install the act of violence and
fear in our children. Help break the cycle. Thanks, Paul
857. Tina Solum Aurora, CO, USA, at home Daycare Provider
859. Allen Walker, Sunnyvale, CA, USA
"Classic example of Christians 'interpreting' the Bible to argue
their political or legal position. The Bible is not US law.
Its archaic use of language and imagery can easily be misunderstood or
reinterpreted and twisted to form whatever political position one
argues. It's time we start using the Bible as the opposition to
these kind of Christian arguments. 'Fight fire with fire' so to
speak, using the contradictions of the Bible to combat people who
absolve their poor judgement and complacency of not questioning the
basic principles of right and wrong."
860. Tamatha Bowers, KS, USA
"OH WOW! It amazes me how adults can sue another for
hitting them, but when adults hit children to some it is normal and
perfectly okay. Love your children people and treat them the way
you want to be treated. This is so very sad! Those of you
who purchased this should be ashamed."
861. Brenda Walker Rupel, Santa Clara, CA, USA, Parent!
"If this is true, then it is clear that these people and all who
believe like they do are NUTS. Indeed, anyone participating in
this kind of behavior should be jailed."
862. Linda Hoyt, St. Louis, MO, USA
"Beating children only humiliates them and causes them to stuff
down their anger and pain which later rears its ugly head in the form
of abuse on others."
863. E. Casey, MA, USA
864. Terri Echols, Mt. Pleasant, TN, USA
"I'm horrified. My brother and I were both battered and
sexually abused, and justified the first by Biblical quotes and
such. Honoring your parents being the only commandment with a
promise was emphasized, meaning do what I say or God will strike you
dead. I quickly learned to fear, and just as quickly ceased to
respect. They lost the ability to influence my brother and I in
any way shape or form. After awhile I ceased to even fear,
keeping my silence and also my dignity. I shut myself away.
I acted to help my brother, and he to protect me. The few times I
tried to intervene for my mother I was the one who ended up being the
focus of the abuse--once my father slapped me to the floor and my
mother kicked me while I was down. She was just as violent as he
was, he was just bigger and scarier. My dad threw a radio at me
once--he missed. I threw it back--and didn't he was laid up for
days with a bruise from his groin to his knee. My mother asked me
'aren't you ashamed?' I said no, he threw it at me first (I was
about eight). He said, believe it or not, that he threw it 'at'
me, he wasn't trying to hit me with it. Good grief."
865. Hannah Curto, Sandpoint, ID, USA, Mother of two
"As a Christian parent, this shocks me. It is an object
specifically intended for child abuse and should be treated as
such. Jesus instructs us that the GREATEST commandment is to
love; this includes our children."
866. Raymond L. Lossi, Leesburg, FL, USA, retired
"Directions for use of the rod: 'Insert it in the right ear of
the inventor and shove it gently until it protrudes from his left
ear. May also be inserted in his rectum and shoved gently until
it pierces his heart."
867. Rev. Arthur G. Severance, First Unitarian Universalist Church, San
Antonio, TX, USA
"What would Jesus do? This is an instrument for child
abuse, not discipline. How in 'in God's name' could any loving
parent use this? Having worked in Residential treatment centers
for abused children, I have observed that most abuse begins by using
'objects' to hit and usually beat children, leaving physical and
868. Neil Juhl, Kalamazoo, MI, USA
869. Terri Sharp, Knoxville, TN, USA
"I can't believe this. This kind of thing must be stopped."
870. Sophie, Saratogo, NY, USA, student
"This is the most godawful thing ever! And here's how it
works: you beat your child as prescribed, they grow up to be
sociopaths, they murder you and several others. Holy lord!"
871. Suzanne McMullin, Calgary, Alberta, CANADA
"I once was a grandmother to 4 grandchildren (one aborted, one
murdered, one in foster care, the last one adopted at birth for his
safety.). I witnessed the results of the final physical
destruction of my granddaughter, age 3, in an ICU and tried to live
with the emotional near-destruction of my grandson, age 5. To
then view such a horror as this instrument of torture and have its use
labelled 'training' is an abomination. This would not be
tolerated on an animal, an adult, or 'live', in plain view, except as
872. Dianna Chiabotti, Vallejo, CA, USA
873. Eileen Covington, Longbeach, MS, USA, RN Psychiatric Mental Health
Certification-child behavioral health
"This is child abuse and in the wrong hands could even cause
death. How does beating up a child show them anything except to
teach them to also be a bully? There are other ways to set limits
and encourage positive behaviors. Example is one way."
874. Brandi Cockrell, Tacoma, WA, USA, Mother
"The manufacturing, selling, profitting and purchasing of this
item is disgusting and sad."
875. Sarah Church Liebman, Berkeley, CA, USA, MFT Intern
"The rod of biblical times was for wheep; one does not hit their
sheep with the rod, one guides them with it so as to avoid running off
876. Carla M. Lynn, Stillwater, MN, USA
877. Susan Metcalf, Maumelle, AR, USA, House Wife
878. Kimberly Warren, Brandon, MI, USA, Mother and CEO of the home
"This is a disgusting and dangerous item. I fear for any
child whose parent has actually ordered one of these. Imagine
THAT parent in a sudden fit of anger and reaching for 'THE ROD'.
Pray for the children of people who DID order this!"
879. Kelly Sharp, Knowxville, TN, USA, full-time mommy
"I've seen people who use the 'rod' and the books that go along
and let me tell you it is NOT in the name of love. It is
completely sick and twisted and borderline sexually abusive.
Until we start protecting our children we will not truly prosper.
I want these rods stopped and the production of these books along with
Shepherding a Child's Heart pulled and stopped as well! Children
are gifts to love and nurture not punching bags to take out stress
on. If you stike your 3 month old you BELONG IN JAIL!"
880. Lyndsey Sharp, Knoxville, TN, USA
"ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I can't believe that the people
responsible for this aren't facing legal charges! This is the
most sick, disgusting--- I can't even put it into words. I'm
speechless. If anyone ever hurt my child, I would kill them with
my bare hands, and I can't BELIEVE that this company is promoting being
violent to your own kids. If I EVER see anyone with a Rod, you
can belive that I'll be calling child services."
881. Christina Mekas, Dexter, MI, USA
"This makes me want to vomit. May God have mercy on you
882. Anastasia Freddino, Stratford, CT, USA
"Using The Bible as a reason to beat children is an abuse of The
Bible. Please do not allow the sale of any product that is
designed to intentionally cause pain to children."
883. Wendy Buell, Albany NY, USA
"I'm a Christian, and a parent and personally I think that
people who create these devices and who are thrilled enough to buy them
have some kind of perverse delight in physical discipline that goes
distinctly against what Jesus would intend for our children and for us
884. Danielle Nemeth, Eustis, FL, USA
"I am seventeen and my parents have raised me with loving
guidance, and time outs for discipline. I have never been spanked
or beaten. This is the way I intend to treat my future
children. Tools for beating people of any age should be illegal."
885. Jennifer Cornforth, Seattle, WA, USA
"Selling tools specifically for the purposes of beating children
makes me literally nauseous. A rod is used to GUIDE sheep, not
CHASTEN them. Adults are supposed to guide their children not
abuse them. People who use rods do it for their won sick pleasure
whether they admit it or not."
886. Kim Johnson, Everett, WA, USA
887. Patricia Goulder, Neuilly-sur-Seine, FRANCE
"This is appalling."
888. LaDonna Pike, Leavenworth, KS, USA
"This is not God's tool, this is Satan's. The person who
created this needs a reality check. What Would Jesus Do? He
would never use that on any child!!"
889. Kathryn L. Coyle, Prospect Park, PA, USA
"The ad and the accomopanying text sickened me. It is
child abuse, plain and simple. Surely our dear Lord Jesus, who
loved little children, would condemn any person who used this method of
discipline on their child. It sounds like something from the Dark
890. Genevieve Colvin, Sherman Village, CA, USA
"Parents, please guide your children! Do not harm them!"
891. Mrs. Alex Chamberlain, Greensboro, NC, USA
"I think that the rod is a unique and useful tool for the
training of children, and has other useful uses as well, but none that
I can mention on this site, maybe a porn site."
892. Marlene Quinonez, Chicago, IL, USA
"These people are sadists plain and simple!!"
893. Bonnie Lyles, Carlyle, IL, USA
894. Carol Venable, Blue Ridge, GA, USA, Holy Names Mission
895. Melissa Stenstrom, Ames, IA, USA, Mother
"The using of the rod on a child is abusing a child. Stop
the violence against children. Parents that hit need discipline."
896. Jessie van Dyke, Bloomfield, CT, USA
"This should be illegal. I am sickened and saddened."
897. Sondra Butler, Irving, TX, USA
"The United States is a country that, as a nation, does not like
children. This statement is proved by the way it treats its
children. No health insurance, inadequate education,
proliferation of junk food and junk entertainment, improper child care,
too many mothers working to increase consumerism, and too few people
who enforce child protective laws. Too many people use the Bible
as an excuse to perpetrate their own depraved anger on the
helpless. Due to a chronic illness, I was hopitalized several
times while my children were growing up. Once when I was in the
hospital, my 11-yr-old son ran away to see me and was found by a night
shift nurse beneath my hospital room window. She brought him to
my room to see me and told me she had called his father to come get
him. My blood suddenly ran cold, and although my children had
never been hurt before, I was afraid for my son. When I got out
of the hospital several days later, I discovered that my former
husband, John Burns Eslick, had made my son strip to the waist, bend
over, and hold his ankles, while he gave him 151 hard lashes across his
bare back with a leather belt. I was sick when I saw a little
boy's back, not one milimeter of flesh color from his neck to his
waist, just dark greys, purples, reds, black, and abrasions. I
told my doctor what had happened. He was furious and said that
monster should be in prison. I had complained to the police about
my husband's treatment of the children before, and told them that the
children were afraid of him, but the police said that a man had a right
to discipline his children. Later, John Eslick was reported for child
abuse in three counties. Nothing was ever done about any of it
because caseworkers were so overloaded they investigated only cases in
which a child's life had been threatened. Same results when I had
been hospitalized because of spousal abuse. Now, my sons are
grown. One is an alcoholic and one is a drug addict. I am
in mental xxxx because I never found a way to stop the abuse, never
found a person who would/could help us, and didn't think I could take
the children and leave.
898. W. Dennis Sharp, Knoxville, TN, USA, Pastor/Family Life Worship
"This device is not only curel inconcept, but is bringing
reproach upon the Name of Christ. Anyone advocating this device
has pitifully misunderstood Biblical teaching and the idea of training
up a child. Children should be lovingly welcomed into the life
and experience of both the family and the church."
899. Sherrie Ball, St. Joseph, MO, USA
"I can't imagine anyone would want to hit their child with it,
or anything else. That's horrible."
900. Esther Ring, Lynn Haven, FL, USA, Master of Science in Special
"I received my education at KSU in Manhattan KS, and have
experience seeing the results of violence and torture used against
children. Each human has the choice to do good or evil. In
the raising of children, abuse can and often does escalate wildly out
of hand, especially when the adult believes that they have
'justification' for their behavior. It is criminal to try to
justify one's own penchant for using violent and abusive devices on
901. Jean Dee, Boynton Beach, FL, USA
"This is ridiculous this piece of equipment should not be used
to whip our kids. They are the future of our great land.
Please don't chase them away."
902. Jeanne Fox, Greenwood, IN, USA
"This is disgraceful. A company is actually trying to make
money from the beating of children."
903. Riley Porritt, Edmonton, AB, CANADA
"This is one of the most disgusting things I have ever heard
of. No child deserves to be beaten. Jesus wouldn't have hit
904. Monica Clarke Kalfur, Belle Harbor, NY, USA
"Unbelievable. This is pure & simple child abuse."
905. Robert Kalfur, Belle Harbor, NY, USA
"These disgusting weapons must be banned."
906. Jennifer Hammack, Lubbock, TX, USA
"No one deserves to be hit for ANY reason by ANYone. EVER."
907. John H. Campbell, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, USA
"This is truly sickening. I would not approve of such a
device being used to 'train' pets, let alone used on children.
These so called self proclaimed 'Christians' who advocate things such
as this are responsible for mahy of the problems youth have in society
today; they choose to worship the Bible (and often to defend their own
prejudices, selfishness, and unwillingness to accept others for who
they are) as opposed to God.
908. Johnny Cardell, Swainsboro, GA, USA, disabled
"I am shocked and disgusted that a product like this is for sale
in our society, I was punished by my parents, but never with something
as horrible as this, it must be banned and made illegal to own or use,
truly I'm horrified."
909. Lourie E. Pearlman, Shanghai, CHINA
"I am deeply saddened that some people mistreat their
children. But this goes forther--a product specifically designed
and marketed for beatings and 'training', well, it is horrible and
sadistic, and I am absolutely outraged. Not only should they be
put out of business, they should have their 'parent cards' torn up!"
910. I am shocked that such a thing exists. It hurts me to think
someone might actually use this on a child."
911. Deidre Masters, Kent, OH, USA
912. Emily Custer, Kill Devil Hills, NC, USA, mother, social worker
913. Lucy Cole, Alamo, CA, USA, Concerned Grandmother
"I am sickened that such an instrument could exist and even be
openly marketed. I hope you will find the courage to put a stop
914. Megan Phillips, Cambridge, NY, USA
"This is disgusting!!!!!"
915. George Maurer, Glen Ellen, CA, USA, Parent, Professional Health
Care Provider, Licensed (State of California) Psychiatric Technician
916. Melinda Reidinger, Smithtown, NY, USA, mother
"I have seen similar items in sexual fethish catalogues.
It would not surprise me if Slide's is actually selling S&M gear to
Christians and laughing all the way to the bank."
917. Olly Harari, Needham, MA, USA
"The Rod and corporal punishment of children is a violation of
internatoinal human rights law."
918. Mrs. Lefebvre, Southside, AL, USA
"I find it appalling that someone would sell an item such as
this. Why advocate spanking babies in a world already so
overwhelmed with violence?"
919. Jan Nolan, Chicago, IL, USA
920. Melanie Mulrooney, Toronto, ON, CANADA
"I am shocked and appalled that assault is being encouraged
against anyone, let alone helpless children! Please protect those
that can't protect themsleves and have this 'product' immediately
removed from circulation."
921. Rhondda Smiley, Toronto, ON, CANADA
"When we hit animals or other adults it's a crime, but not if we
hit defenseless children. It is appalling that anyone is actually
running a business and making a profit from child abuse."
922. Amanda Bass, Dallas, TX, USA, Dallas Metrocare Services
"The rod was a guiding tool...not a tool to beat children
with. Read the research."
923. Christina Chapman, Hillsboro, AL, USA
What a dangerous misrepresentation of scripture! Read the
NT...Christ would NOT have used anything to hit a child!"
924. Laurie Amiruddin, Mississauga, ON, CANADA
"Violence against children is unacceptable. Profiting from
encouraging it is ridiculous!"
925. Louise Gordon, Cambridge, MA, USA
926. Sally Dominguez, Abilene, TX, USA
"This is outrageous. A company that makes money out of
causing physical harm to children is not a bible based company.
What kind of brutes would recommend this type of punishment. The
scripture has been taken totally out of context. Shame on this
company for manufacturing a weapon of torture."
927. Marianna Knights, Collingwood, ON, CANADA
"Give me a break. We are to read the Bible as
contextualists!! Not literalists. Do you really suggest to
cut off your right ear???"
928. Melissa Koslowsky, Arcata, CA, USA
"It is appalling that children and women are beaten and blamed
for their abuse. No one deserves violence, ever! Violence
is too pervasive for a first world country like the United
States. "An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world
blind." Abuse is always about control. A person should
never regard another person as property or as a possession.
Violence should never be acceptable. Another quote highlights
that "the world's children are an endangered species: a target for the
frustrations, conflicts, hate, and anger of the adults who so often
tyrannically bestride their lives. Child abuse has afflicted
children and demeaned adults."
929. Ira Page, Santa Rosa, CA, USA
930. Robert Spence, CA, USA
931. Thelma Breault, Los Altos, CA, USA
"Quoting Scripture to justify child abuse is perversion."
932. Michelle Lane, Oakland, CA, USA, M.S. MFT and School
933. William Waycaster, Elizabethton, TN, USA, Security Officer
"I think this should be made illegal to use, people who use
these should be reported to the department of children services and
have their kids taken away."
934. Lisa McNeil, Nuntington Beach, CA, USA
935. Erin Green, Denver, CO, USA
"This item is dusgusting and heartbreaking. Please please
do not let another child be beaten and do not let a company profit in
the mistreatmnet of children and the misuse of the Bible."
936. Deanna Argo, Jackson, MI, USA
"Thank goodness for people like you who are willing to take a
stand against things like this."
937. Emory Sullivan, Flower Mound, TX, USA
938. Kathy Armstrong, Livingston, MT, USA
939. Scott G. Beach, Fair Oaks, CA, USA
940. Mike Perry, Ickenham, Middlesex, ENGLAND
"Truly an appalling product."
941. Beth Ward, Portland, OR, USA, Homeschooling Parent
"Do I really need to comment? What is wrong is
wrong. These 'make it easy to beat your kid' devices are clearly
wrong. Stop the rod."
942. Jeanine, New York, NY, USA
"I'm so not impressed with the many people that claim to be
upstanding citizens just because they read the bible and go to
church...if you beat your children/ wife/ animals you should burn in
the very xxxx you have created inyour twisted imagination..."
943. David Hubbard, Niceville, FL, USA
"What can you say: hitting children, or adults, pets, etc. is
clearly abuse and wrong. Using some weapon to do so is criminal
and should be punishable by law. It is illegal to hit an adult
with something. It's a felony, aggravated battery in every state."
944. Mrs. Jennifer Nolen, Fenton, MO, USA
"As a Christian mother I find this disgusting!"
945. Wendy Bunnell, Orem, UT, USA, Utah Foster Care Foundation
946. Laura Birch, Stafford, ENGLAND, Professor
"I cannot believe in an apparently developed and 'free' country
such as the US of A an appressive and offensive and brutal beating tool
is marketed and sold. You should be ashamed."
947. Debora R. Gleason, Lawton, OK, USA
"Praying, Gov. Henry, that you will do the right thing by
banning the manufacture and sale of 'The Rod', which is nothing more
than an implement of abuse and torture. Oklahoma is NOT a
backwoods, barbaric state -- let's not give the impression that we are!"
948. Martha Gruber, Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA
"I am a homeschool mom and I would never buy such a despicable
product! I believe what these people are doing borders on the
criminal if it doesn't already! I am very angry about this and I
want it to STOP!!!!"
949. Micha Blair, Lake Oswego, Oregon, USA
"What is this country coming to when you can advertise a tool
for child training. What the xxxx is that? What happened to
love and attention, not fear."
950. Christine Breslin, Cheltenham, PA, USA
"After reading some of the recommendations of the
Pearls'...e.g., whipping a FOUR MONTH OLD INFANT...I am left
speechless...and on the verge of vomitting. These people must be
951. Donna Morton, Cumming, GA, USA
"Oh boy, I'm not against discipline, but this is
disturbing--looks like an encourager of child abuse. Also, just
one more thing to make Christians look crazy and bad."
952. Lara Brewer, Cumming, GA, USA
953. Hayse Brown, Atlanta, GA, USA, Security system guy
"If I ever see anyone with one of these 'Rods', I am not going
to tell anyone about, it's going to be between me and them. I am
going to grab that xxxx rod ram it up their xxx so hard it will turn
them into popscile!!!!!! You have to be one worthless excuse for
a human to need a stick to discipline a child a fraction of an adult
954. Janna Walkup, Eugene, OR, USA
"The biblical shepherd *guided* sheep with a staff, which was
not used in any way to hurt the animals. Please stop child abuse
and encourage loving guidance, which is consistent with Jesus' teaching
and our own human hearts."
955. Rev. Raymond J. McIntyre, Ashburton, Canterbury, NEW ZEALAND,
"This is neither Christian nor acceptable."
956. Tanetta Tatum, Paramount, CA, USA
"I don't think spanking works, hitting only promotes hitting,
and why would anyone with common sense hit their child with a ROD or
any other object, I can't believe people are actually buying this
product. I think the sellers and buyers should be in
957. Vanessa Lopez, West Chicago, IL, USA
"I think it is morally wrong and these people should be in jail."
958. Denise Gullickson, White Bear Lake, MN, USA
"Proverbs are to be taken 'Proverbialy' not LITERALLY. The
Rod is a child abuse tool, nothing less."
959. Genie Maples, Asheville, NC, USA
"Protect children from this abuse."
960. David Lester, Gilbertsville, PA, USA
"I can't believe that this item is allowed to be sold in
Oklahoma. Just see Governor Brad Henry's letter on Child Abuse
Practice what you preach Romans Chapter 2
961. & 962. Danny and Tammy Gilliam, Altus, OK, USA
"This item needs to be pulled from the market. This item
is not to 'chasten' children but a means to beat them."
963. Deb Barbee, South Sioux City, Nebraska, USA
964. Kevin McCarthy, Vienna, VA, USA
"No one should be allowed to sell a weapon designed and marketed
as a device for beating children. "Home School Digest" should be
ashamed for accepting such advertising."
965. Nora E. Manjarrez, Chicago, IL, USA, Teller Investigations
"I can't believe that the government would let a company sell
something like this."
966. Halyse Domencic, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
"He who lives by the sword, dies by the sword. We just
read about this in English as we were talking about corporal
punishment. I find it disconcerting that someone would even
consider purchasing such an item, let alone creating it."
967. Mike Dickerson, Apopka, FL, USA
"I guess this is another testament to the dollar. I'm
always amazed at the levels to which an otherwise intelligent and
thinking person will stoop to pick up a dollar. I guess it all
comes around to thinking what we're told to think. If we realized
we don't have to chase dollars like we do, society as we know it would
fall apart. It's also appalling that someone would actually beat
their children with 'the rod' or any other physical means. As for
discipline, the most devastating thing to a child is the thought that
their actions have caused their hero distress. I certainly
wouldn't want to remember the grief I felt when I had upset my
mother. I also remember the fear I felt for myself, and the
sorrow I felt for my mother, that she had so little control of herself,
that the only thing she could do was to beat me with whatever was at
All I can say is 'Shame on you' Shame for the greed, and shame
for your twisting of the Bible for your greed. Shame for trying
to continue the dark ages and shame for not trying to break the cycle
of child abuse."
968. Melody Huff, Olathe, KS, USA
969. Leslie Sheridan, Sonoma, CA, USA
970. Arlene Coley, Quakertown, PA, USA
971. Andrew Stickney, Missoula, MT, USA, College Student, Former
"I am horrified by the intention of this company in selling this
product to parents as a form of discipline. As a former
homeschooler, I am deeply offended by the relationship between The Rod
and homeschooling families implied by the advertisements and books
related to this product. There is no such relationship and I am
very disappointed that this company is allowed to continue making such
false statements. Please stop The Rod."
972. John Joseph Peloquin, Ames, IA, USA
"Where did Jesus say to beat children? That is an OLD
testament command and was for times that no longer exist. This is
a tool for criminal activity and should be banned."
973. Leticia, Sanger, CA, USA
"This is ridiculous children are not little animals that we need
to train or whip. I am disgusted."
974. Carolyn Huffmon, Knippa, TX, USA, mother/grandmother
"Any person MAN or WOMAN that HITS a child should be held
accountable. There is NO reason a child should ever be
ABUSED. THIS IS ABUSE!!"
975. Barbara Beasley, Monroeville, AL, USA, Mom Cares
"I think that a person that could use this on their children is
not a true parent. I would die for my children and kill anyone
that hurt them."
976. Kendyl Babcock, NRH, TX, USA
977. Sylvia Clark, Fort Wayne, IN, USA, University of Saint Francis
"Now we are selling child abuse tools what is wrong with this
978. Adriane Parry, Albany, NY, USA, Student of SUNY Albany
"If it were advertised for dog training, it would be illegal in
the USA. But for children, it's legal. I hope every child
whose parents own one runs away and then gets put into a loving foster
family where they never have to fear being hit, and where they learn to
obey the spirit of the law, not just the letter. Not doing
something because you know it's a bad idea is different than not doing
something because you fear getting caught."
979. Sylvia Bowditch, CA, USA, student
"By hitting our children, it teaches them that it's ok to hit
people. It is also a form of child abuse. Is this really
what God wants?"
980. Carl Rexroad, Saginaw, TX, USA
"This is inhumane treatment."
981. Felicia Gomez, Arlington, TX, USA
"THIS IS WRONG"
982. Mary Gomez, Odessa, TX, USA
983. Susan Miotke, Sun City Center, FL, USA, Mother and Grandmother
"Please stop the manufacture and sale of this weapon that was
designed to be used on infants and young children."
984. Tricia Wright, Georgetown, KY, USA
"These could not even be used on a murderer or rapist in
jail. How could anyone have the nerve to market these let alone
985. Joseph M. O'Connor, New Haven County, CT, USA
"To parents who condone using a rod to discipline children, I'd
like to say I can't imagine a more cowardly act."
986. Torkisha Brown, Hahira, GA, USA
987. Miriam Camp, Metuchen, NJ, USA
"For all the children who will be abused, who will suffer sunder
this torture device justified by hereticalinterpretations of the Bible,
this implement of torture is being marketed to those with sadistic
inclination and must therefore be stopped, in the interests of the
basic human rights of our youngest American citizens. We do not
sell guns to those who will use them for violence. In the state I
live in, we don't even allow MACE for self-protection! This
device is simply made to cause violence to a child's body. It is
unjust, unAmerican and not in the interests of civilization or in the
progression of true Christianity. 'Blessed are the merciful: for
they shall obtain mercy.' 'Blessed are they that suffer persecution for
justice' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.'"
988. Leanne Hendricks, Camarillo, CA, USA, stay at home mom
"I can't believe that people are actually making money selling a
device similar to what law enforcement uses to gain control of a
989. Warwick, Sydney, AUSTRALIA
"Yep the child abusers and the spanking fetishists must be
having a field day"
990. Michael Grey, Colorado Springs, CO, USA
"'The Rod' is a simiple means to destroy the nature of one human
being in order to glorify the beliefs of another. In the name of
whatever god you find holy, put down the instrument of violence and
learn the power of reason."
991. EvaRee Fesi, Plainfield, IL, USA
992. Audrey Thompson, Lawton, OK, USA, Mother of three
"I can't believe people would buy this. How could you
possibly hit a child with this you have to be insane. For as many
children as we are having today being beaten to death by their own
parents and you want to advertise this it is just awful!!! You have to
993. Lori, Findlay, OH, USA
"This is selling child abuse. I too weep for the children
and babies this is being used on."
994. Alicia Taylor, Gulf Breeze, FL, USA, Land of the FREE
"Karma being what it is, those ever using such weapons will get
it all back to them (hopefully tenfold), but meanwhile, where is your
heart? How can you believe violence helps a child become
themselves? Children are for unfolding, not whipping and molding."
995. Beatriz, Garfield, NJ, USA, Purchasing Agent/Student
"I stumbled upon this site and can't believe that this cruelty
really exists...Discipline equals teaching and not beating therefore
children should be loved and nurtured and not abused........"
996. Karri Mulroy, Sudbury, Ontario, CANADA
"Our constitution protects criminals from this kind of cruel and
unusual punishment. It is completely wrong to use it on the most
innocent and vulnerable. I am a mother of 2 and would never
assault my children this way or in any way for that matter. There
are other positive ways to discipline a child without hurting their
mental or physical being."
997. Kathy Batts-Shaw, Waco, TX, USA
"This is the most horrific device I have ever seen! When
will we stop teaching our children that assaulting someone is a way to
solve a problem?"
998. Amy Curis, Decatur, GA, USA
"The basic misconception of the 'spare the rod, spoil the child'
crowd is this: the Bible uses the term 'rod' to denote a system of
guidance, not beating."
999. Julian B. Roach, Philadelphia, MS, USA
1000. Niki Llewellyn, Florence, MT, USA
"I agree that the Bible does not suggest or advise using a 'Rod'
or any form thereof. Our love and guidance is the 'Rod'. It
sickens me to think that people could actually sell something like
1001. Shelley Johnson, Colleyville, TX, USA, Mom
"I can't believe it! Sick."
1002. Julia F. Williams, New York, NY, USA
"The evidence is becoming clearer with each passing
day....CORPORAL PUNISHMENT DOES NOT CORRECT INAPPROPRIATE
BEHAVIOR." If I had my way, any store that sold this and other
corporal punishment-related products would lose its license forthwith."
1003. Jennifer Kuehn, Memphis, TN, USA, Tennessee Counseling Association
"Stop the abuse"
1004. Shelby Earnshaw, Bealeton, VA, USA, ISAC Corporation
"Hitting children is abuse - no matter what kind of device you
1005. Jean Richardson, Palatine, IL, USA
1006. Samuel D. G. Heath, Ph.D., Bodfish, CA, USA, Americans for
Constitutional Protection of Children
"No one has said it better than 'Hitting people is wrong.
And children are people too!'"
1007. Shonna Kirkpatrick, Canton, GA, USA
1008. Adrianna J. Hey, Strafford, NH, USA
"The sale of the rod both encourages irresponsible parenting and
enables unscrupluous parents. Society pays the price for every
child lost. Stop it!"
1009. Michael Lockhart, Everett, WA, USA
"Sadomasochistic sexual paraphernalia should NOT be used on
1010. Kathryn Roosa, Houston, TX, USA
"That this is being marketed as a Biblically-approved form of
punishment is a travesty. Anyone using this on their child has no
right to call themselves a Christian!"
1011. Jeffrey Berryman, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
"The people behing this are clearly a bunch of sadists using
religion to rationalize what they're doing. And if they get their
way, they'll turn out a whole new generation of sadists to abuse the
next generation of kids."
1012. Lesley Barrett, Salt Lake City, UT, USA
"Stop the Rod."
1013. Melaya Pelter, Simi Valley, CA, USA
"Disgusting :( "
1014. Lex Williford, El Paso, TX, USA
"'Spare the rod and spoil the child' came not from the Bible but
from Samuel Butler's Hudibras, which satirized the so-called Christians
of victorian England. The abuse of children in the name of the
Bible and family values is one of the greatest tragedies of our time."
1015. Benny Wasserman, La Palma, CA, USA
"We should know by now that all forms of punishment do not
help create decent, loving individuals."
1016. Laura "Elle" Carstensen, New Buffalo, MI, USA, Owner of
1017. Bryce Cherry, Rockhampton, Queensland, AUSTRALIA
"I plan not to spare any hesitation to bring to justice any
individual, business or company who sells and/or manufactures such
devices, and will continue to do so until all such devices are
confiscated and destroyed for good."
1018. Jerry Townsend, Woodland, CA, USA, Retired School Psychologist
"Amazing! All this in the name of the author of Love!"
1019. Richard Domm, Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA, Youth Crisis Worker,
Ministry of Corrections
"And this is 'American Capitalism' at its best? Shame on
Oklahoma. Not a choice for my vacation spot."
1020. Elizabeth Varadan, Sacramento, CA, USA
"Aren't there better ways to discipline children? Aren't
there better products to sell for child care?"
1021. Nancy Moore, Loveland, CO, USA, Student
"I find intensely disgusting that wewould ever allow this in
advertisement. That we would even consider condoning this in any
way is a very sad and unfortunate occurance."
1022. Rose Parterson, Livonia, MI, USA, Social Worker/Teacher
1023. Ed Wick, Tempe, AZ, USA, Parent
"Lazy parents spank."
1024. Lee Newman, Rochester, NH, USA, Executive Director: Violence
"We assist and support men women who are victims of domestic
violence and we are distressed by the manufacture and sale of this
'Rod'! Adult victims and abusers are the result of violence and
intimidation being used to control them when they were children!
People are not born to abuse nor to become victims, this is a result of
how child abuse affects individuals based in part on their
personality. Some children who are beaten will become abusive to
others because they may feel that is the way to get respect, a way to
show 'love', or they simply take on this role to avoid becoming a
victim themselves! Others will become adult victims, believing
they deserve punishment or feeling that this is the way someone shows
they love you! If we are ever to see a reduction in domestic
violence, family violence, child abuse and all other violent forms of
interactions, we MUST begin to treat our children with the respect and
dignity that is everyone's birthright! The misguided people who
use 'The Rod' or other means of physical punishment need to stop and
think of the long term effects of physical control. This itme and
others like it should not be allowed to be marketed in any civilized
1025. Jean Kulczyk, Waukegan, IL, USA
"What a sad a perverted testimony to our moral status!
What kind of society are we to allow advertisements for weapons to use
against our own children?"
1026. Staci Sallis, Jacksonville, NC, USA
"This book is sick...disgusting and does encourage child abuse."
1027. Sunshine Bannister, Ithaca, NY, USA, Attachment Parenting
International Of Ithaca
"'The Rod' and any other such device or even a hand reaching out
to hurt/harm a child is abuse!!!!"
1028. Leila Holm, Vasa, FINLAND, Child welfare worker
"It turns my stomach. It should be illegal to market
torture equipment in general, but particularly illegal to market child
torture tools. Shame on you!"
1029. Andrea Wrathall, Provo, UT, USA, College Student
"I can't believe this is actually on the market. Whoever
came up with this thing and put it on the market needs therapy."
1030. Christina Posey, Eglin AFB, FL, USA
1031. Barbara Rogers, Chicago, IL, USA
1032. Emily Herman, Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA
1033. Linette, Orland, FL, USA, a college student
"It's absolutely ridiculous! It definitely should be taken
off the market."
1034. Lexi Carruth, Fort Worth, TX, USA
"I was raised in a home where corporal punishment was used and
not one child in the household except for myself is a contributing
member of society except myself and I was the one that it was used on
1035. Kirk Martin, Atlanta, GA, USA
1036. Esa Palosaari, Jyvaskyla, FINLAND
"No children anywhere should be allowed to be terrorized with
instruments like this."
1037. Peter, BELGIUM
"Incredible! Is this the states? I can NOT believe
my eyes. NOT possible in Belgium."
1038. Elaine Njerve-Zack, Amityville, NY, USA
"I strongly belive that spanking or striking a child in any form
is absolutely cruel and will hurt the child emotionally as well as
1039. C. J. Coppola, Mesa, AZ, USA
1040. Lesley Young, Bridgend, Wales, UK
"Cruelty to chlidren is an international issue. There is
enough to shame us in this world without deliberately setting out to
1041. Dan, St. Thomas, Ontario, CANADA
"WOW.... it is funny that you only hear of religious fanatics
coming from the middle east...maybe America should be looking in the
1042. Rino Raormina, Palermo, ITALY, MD student
"Unbelievable! Stop whipping children or let's organize a
commercial meeting where everybody will be invited to test the
efficiency of your fantastic tool on yourselves!! You'd see what
REALLY fruitful use we'd do of it!!"
1043. Kris Bobosky, Red Deer, Alberta, CANADA, Day Home Provider
"There's S&M groups. There's child abusers.
There's pedophiles. And now there's Slide's Manufacturing
1044. Jessica Seymour, Dallas, TX, USA, Owner/Punkymoms.com
"I thought this was a joke at first...That is disgusting and
disgraceful. People should be free to be whatever religion, but
some are taking it too far."
1045. Britt London, Tucson, AZ, USA, Adult victim of child abuse
"Disgusting! I have been beaten with belts, sppons,
etc. How dare child abuse be encouraged!? Don't people see
all the adult victims of child abuse who are serial killers, rapists,
participants in domestic violence, and generally attracted to abusive
1046. Scott Kashkin, Brooklyn, NY, USA
"The Bible does not advocate whipping children. The rod
mentioned in Proverbs refers to guidance. See Zacharia (11:17)
which refers to the "rod of pleasantness." A shepherd uses his
rod mostly to steer the sheep, he doesn't beat them with it.
Moreover, Solomon taught us to 'teach the lad according to his way,'
meaning the child's way. This means we should educate the child
with a sensitivity and respect to his or her God given nature. We
shouldn't just beat them into sumbission. This is the way of the
fool who can't control his or her own ego and anger."
1047. Stephanie Kashkin, USA
"Thank you for organizing this - there is never a justification
for using such a device on a child."
1048. Tycho Vecht, Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
"Incredible these 'tools' are for sale in a civilised society."
1049. Angelique Zijlstra, Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
"I wonder, did you try this out on yourself?"
1050. Artha Freebury, North Yarmouth, ME, USA, Private Citizen (social
"It is stupefying much less common sense-defying to believe that
our country will allow an implement like a whip or horse riding crop to
blatantly marketed to the public for use in punishing children.
Isn't it time to 'just say NO' to child abuse and really mean it?
If we can implement laws that hold store owners and employees
accountable for selling cigarettes and alcohol to minors or to the
inebreated, surely we can hold makers and purveyors of objects
expressly made and sold to abuse children accountable. This is
not just a free market issue. These people are just as
responsible for resulting abuse (and possibly death) as is the seller
of liquor to the drunk for resulting accidents or death."
1051. Marlisse Machrach, Culver City, CA, USA
1052. Alexia Van Schoote, Brakel, BELGIUM
"It is so disgusting ot manufacture something especially made to
hurt children. People who use a rod or anything else to make
their child obey will never know what is true respect and true
love. I don't want to believe such primitive people still exist."
1053. Marty Briem, New Philadelphia, OH, USA, Alcohol, Drug Addiction
& Mental Health Services Board of Tuscarawas & Carroll Counties
"This is absolutely appalling. We work very hard here to
get people to understand the seriousness of child abuse. It is a
practice that makes children grow up to abuse their own children, and
the cycle continues. It leads to depression, substance abuse,
and, potentially, suicide. This has nothing to do with religion
or raising responsible children. This is cruel and inhumane
treatment of a population that deserves, needs, and requires our
respect, nurturing and mentoring. What a horrible role model for
these poor little ones who are so helpless to help themselves. I
know the authors have the right of freedom of the press, but these
children have rights too and one of the most important rights is to be
free of unnecessary fear and abuse. What a shameful book."
1054. Kathryn Aynes, Owasso, OK, USA
1055. Jennifer Stoner, New Philadelphia, OH, USA
"Absolutely appalling, child abuse solves notying and creates
numberous problems. I am sick about this 'rod'."
1056. Christopher Shaw, Robinson, TX, USA, Author
"I have no interest in abusing my children, nor will I accept
other within my line of sight, or power to stop them."
1057. Jessica Hall, Woddstock, CT, USA
"The fact that a device of torture such as this one is legal to
sell in our country is appalling. How sad thatsome parents might
use this against their children!"
1058. Shannon Kitchens, Charlotte, NC, USA
"This is not the right thing to be doing to our children.
THIS IS CRAZY. Are these people crazy?"
1059. Matthew McGee, Warrington, Cheshire, ENGLAND
"Disgusting, absolutely disgusting. It is unbelievable
that such an object can be legally advertised and sold in a civilised
country. For the sake of the children whose parents might be
tempted to buy this, BAN IT!"
1060. Diane Luebbering, St. Louis, MO, USA, "Stay-at-home" Mom
"It is appalling and disgusting. Violence Begets
violence. It has got to stop."
1061. Ivonne Torres, Newark, NJ, USA
"It is horrifying to abuse a child; we are not raising animals
we are raising human beings."
1062. Shirley Herman, Colorado Springs, CO, USA, Christ Believer,
Mother of 3
"Never, never hit a child. God help those who do it in the
name of God. Open their eyes, Lord."
1063. Angela Kendall, Lakeville, MA, USA, Mother
1064. B. Dare, Brisbane, Queensland, AUSTRALIA
"I have a tumour on the exact site where violence of this nature
was used upon me as a chld. This is verified by leading
medicos. It is the most unrealised and hidden long term effect of
violence on children. Please BAN THIS URGENLTY."
1065. Roy Jacobs, Steelton, PA, USA
"Children need to be disciplined, that we all know. It's
how we adults choose to discipline that makes a difference. We
can turn children against us or cause them to want to work with
us. Hitting children does not allow them to grow up with fond
memories of Mom and Dad. Rather it influences them to revolt
against all the things they were taught. I'm sure there is money
to be made by selling "Rods" or other implements designed to wack
children with. But is money the thing we should be most concerned
about when small children are involved?"
1066. Judith Falconer, Sydney, NSW, AUSTRALIA, Teacher
"I have taught thousands of children over 20 years, and raised
two boys. I have NEVER witnessed a positive outcome from harsh
discipline of any sort. This is a pathetic 'crutch' that is
literally cashing in on adults' insecurities. SHAME! BAN IT
1067. Robert Haas, Farmington, MI, USA
"This is every bit as offensive as manufacturing 'The KKK Robe'
to keep African-American children submissive."
1068. Janet Kelleher, Grand Junction, CO, USA
1069. David Canchola, Oceanside, CA, USA, President/CIO EXPO, Inc.
"It's the 21st century and I can't believe that a B.C. Mentality
still exists towards children here in America!"
1070. Candace Rayford, Anniston, AL, USA
"I am sickened by this. Educate yourselves ... when you
KNOW better, you do better. Children should NEVER be hit, and
this rod is just sickening."
1071. Angi Flom, burnsville, MN, USA
"It sickens me to think that the people we trust to teach our
children to become productive adults are the same people who teach them
that through violence we can get a job done. The teachers should
stick to teaching the children the subjects that we pay them to teach
the student...not to beat them. The scholastic world seems to
forget that they work for the students, to make sure they become
outstanding adults. Ready to run the nation. Teaching them
that violence is a means to get the job done will only make for a very
violent world. I don't want my children to grow up and be
responsable for dealing with that. Let's leave a positive 'means
to an end' for the next generation."
1072. Helen Black, Houston, TX, USA, Retired CPS Caseworker
"This is sick. I cannot believe that the advertisement and
sale of this rod takes place. Along with James Dobson's 'Dare to
Discipline', our country is headed back towards the Dark Ages. I
weep for all the present and future physical injury from whipping,
hitting, and the mental and physical pain of the victims, aloong with
very possible impaired physical as well as emotional functioning as the
child grows. For example, hitting on the hands can impair hand
function as the child grows. Not to mention the pain and scarring
inflicted by a rod on other parts of the body."
1073. Charles Liddell, St. Augustine, FL, USA, First Coast Advocacy
"I THINK THE ROD SHOULDN'T BE USED. YOU SHOULDN'T PULL A
CHILD'S PANTS OR PANTIES DOWN FOR A SPANKING, TALK TO THEM FIRST."
1074. Sheila Law, Duluth, GA, USA
"This is a disgrace. Adults are supposed to protect and
teach children, not harm them with whips. Please, in the name of God,
put a stop to the sale of this item."