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October 27th, 2011
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Video: Faith and child discipline

Anderson Cooper speaks with a controversial author who recommends parents physically punish their children.

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  1. Donald Foncellino

    The Pearl 's are laughing all the way to the bank. Sociopathic people like thse two don't care what happens to others due to their book, or their book being blamed for others actions. they're making money!!!!! Oh, he puts on a good act when he told his book may have contributed to a death of a child. But he feels nothing! I wish some lawer who can remember why they chose the law as their life work, the the hig-end money they've made from the profession, will go after these two! Sue them, and their publesher. Beat them in a lawsuit, and use that moeny won for groups that have now been formed to prevent what happen to those two beautiful young girls who were killed by their adopted parents, who use the Pearl's book as a blame, reason they did wehat they did! Hey, they did what they did for thay are like the Pearl's. Socipathic people who care only about themselves, what they believe, and are as cold as a winter night, without care for what they've done to the innocent who did nothing at all to be treated as they were treated, and enventually killed by the hands of these kind of monsturous people!

    October 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  2. Leah Oxendine

    GREAT JOB MR. PEARL! You've got it! Totally agree. My brothers and I have grown up with corporal chastisement, and so far we have all turned out terrific. :) My parents did it wiith love, and NEVER did it out of anger or abusively. NEVER. I totally advocate doing it, but just the way it SHOULD be done. (in love)

    October 28, 2011 at 10:49 am |
  3. Marvin

    Mr. Cooper first off we here a group on Face book name 'Remembering Hana (Williams) Alimu, really appreciate you shinning light on the book that lead to the death of two children. Which to me this book should be classified as hate literature toward children. The true reason why I am writing, are in hopes (meaning me, and the other Face book members) that you will revisit this topic, and shine more light concerning the tragic, as well as senseless murder of Hana Alimu. We feel that the parents of this horrible crime are only going to receive a slap on the wrist. The judge has already, reduced their bonds and now they both are out of jails, I truly do not understand why a judge would reduce the bonds of individuals which whom are accused of killing a child they way they did. Hana was made to eat frozen food as well as starved (which lead to her death), beat for not standing the correct distance for which the so-called parents told her to. She was humiliated by being whipped by the Williams older biological children. She was made to use a portal potty outside no matter the temperature, amongst a number of cruel things. They also mistreated the other Ethiopian child they had adopted. I am getting emotional as I type these things, because even though I did not know Hana it hurts me to know that she suffered like that, and the so-called parents are now free! She came to America from Ethiopia expecting a better life, but died of symptoms brought on by starvation; tell me how ironic is that? Please Mr. Cooper and staff shine more light on this horrendous crime, no one step in and helped her while she was alive maybe we can help her now by making sure justice is truly served. Thank you,

    October 28, 2011 at 10:36 am |
  4. Ama

    Anderson you seem to indicate that spanking on any level is inappropriate. There is nothing wrong with REASONABLY spanking a child. obviously there are several ways of disciplining or correcting a child and mercilessly beating a child even to the point of the child's demise is no where close to what we are advocating. spanking has been used over generations and all cultures to teach children that there are consequences to their actions and have produced well-rounded successful adults. putting some heat on a child's little behind is well in order. what really is the point is spanking if it does not cause any pain at all?

    October 28, 2011 at 2:54 am |
  5. Leroy Smith

    It amazes me that because we have gained a little knowledge about things in our universe that we believe we are wiser than the creator of the universe. The Creator recommends the "rod of correction." I had an abusive father, but I am grateful for all the spanking and whipping that I received from my mother, uncles, aunts and other family members. It helped to shape the individual that I am today and I believe that I am in a very large company. The rod is a necessary part of a child's up-bringing. What percentage of children today responds to verbal correction? Could you imagine any society that does not have the law to "spank" it's citizens? We are cultivating a generation of people that will not respond to any authority and will not be governable because of the lack of a proper up-bringing. Can't all these so called intellectuals see this? They need a spanking to wake them up from their stupor. In July 2001, I taught in a Bible class that America was ripe for a whipping. On September 11, 2001, for some reason, I had that day off from work and I was able to open my Bible at home to the scripture that I read from in July and watched this nation scramble to figure out what was going on. Although it was amazing to me, It was no mystery. This nation of America is being spanked right now by God because we have gotten worse since 2001. This is only to get our attention because we no longer listen to His wisdom. Who is going to take God's rod off from us? If America continues in this path, we are going to lose all the things that we cherish most, essentially our freedom. I know that this is unthinkable to most Americans. We may only understand it when we have a nation like China that did not know God standing over us with "forms of whips" in their hands telling us what to do.

    October 28, 2011 at 2:22 am |
  6. Stacy

    Spanking! Yes! But, not, beating one to death. Religion? Cult?? Don't use "God", to, stand behind. The actions of these parents are nothing like Him. These children were helpless. They depended on their parents to protect them. Any one who does this to any child. Are, no different. Than, the men who hung Jesus on the cross!!!!

    October 27, 2011 at 8:51 pm |