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Update (2013-06-25): I failed to mention the two books banned––Ted Tripp's Shepherding a Child's Heart and Michael and Debi Pearl’s To Train up a Child. The wild part is that these books, as of April 2013, "are now banned from being displayed, printed, imported or exported, advertized or mailed within Germany."

You may now return to the regularly scheduled programming.

On Tuesday, I posted a link to Phil Bassham's experience as his family begins to learn Thai. Slovene will be no walk in the park for us either, though at least we don't have the tones to learn! But one missions minefield that you may not have had to think is government interference in parenting. Germany and seventeen other European nations have banned spanking. Thankfully, Slovenia has not yet, but it is coming. In fact a week ago, delegates from Slovenia attended the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child had to "explain why it has not yet banned corporal punishment."

Germany banned spanking thirteen years ago, and now they have turned their gunsights on evangelical books that encourage parents to follow biblical principles. Eowyn Stoddard details the situation (including the book banning) and exposes the hypocrisy:

Whereas up until 2000, spanking was a State-sanctioned and regulated tool for discipline, it is now a criminal offense. Though German parents cannot spank, they certainly do resort to yelling insults, shaming, bribing, and other forms of demeaning behavior. The irony of the matter is that many public school teachers and sport coaches use yelling and shaming as their primary disciplinary method. The emotional harm inflicted on children by government-paid professionals is strictly and explicitly forbidden by the same law that forbids spanking. The old saying “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me” couldn’t be farther from the truth. Demeaning words spoken by parents, teachers or coaches can leave emotional wounds that run far deeper than a smack on the hand or a swat on the bottom administered by a loving parent. And yet, to my knowledge, there are no known cases of someone being arrested for verbally abusing children.

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