Below, a letter registering my concerns about the TOS meetings as listed also below, to the hosts of these events. Please do copy/alter/ use as you see fit:
To whom it may concern,
I understand that you are planning to host an event for the promoters of The Old Schoolhouse magazine on (date).
I am anxious to inform you of my considerable level of concern that these people, who have strong connections with people who advocate severe corporal punishment for children, including babies, are to be given a platform in this country.
The Old Schoolhouse Magazine contains many articles by, references to, and adverts for Debi and Michael Pearl, whose book "To Train Up A Child" promotes child battery. The editors of the magazine also give away a copy of the follow up book "No Greater Joy" upon subscription to the magazine. Both books promote sickening child abuse. By way of a random example: on p. 85 Michael Pearl recommends giving a little girl who won’t get into her car seat “five licks with a stinging switch.” If the girl still doesn’t get in the seat “repeat the switching.” If the little girl continues to refuse to get in the seat he says to take the seat into the house and strap the girl in it for “two or three hours".
The NSPCC has been informed of the tour and the tour dates and are investigating the situation. Various local authorities have also been informed and are also investigating the case.
I would be very grateful if you would reconsider your decision to host a meeting for these people with a view to cancelling the date or otherwise forward this message to the appropriate parties.
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Addresses and Dates:
March 22nd: London W13. Venue organiser contacted and situation explained. Is reconsidering the offer to host the meeting, and is clear that will not allow the dissemination of literature at the meeting.
March 24: Lakenheath Air Force Base, IP27, 01638 523711
March 25: Brandon Baptist Church, High Street, Brandon, Lakenheath). Tel: 01842 763433
March 27: New Life Christian Centre, 26-32 Bridgegate, Retford, Notts DN22
March 28th: Christ Church, Fulwood, Sheffield, S.Yorks
March 30: Edinburgh, date cancelled.
April 3: Wigston, Leics
April 4: East Midlands Home Educators Club, Stapleford, Nottingham.
April 5: Siddington Village Hall, Siddington, Cheshire
April 6: Aberaeron, Wales (currently under review by the hosts, with a view to cancellation)
April 7: Laugharne, Wales (currently under review by the hosts with a view to cancellation.)
April 11: Kaiserslautern (Germany) KMC Military 7-9pm
April 14-15: Kaiserslautern Annual Home School Voncention Rheinland Baptist Church in Landstuhl