Re: Child abuse carried out by religious leaders and their followers.
Date: October 28, 2012 11:58PM
If you have read what Wikipedia has to say, you will have noticed that Ezzo recommends not picking up babies when they cry, or feeding them when they are hungry. This is very serious, because at this time the baby's brain is developing and the task they are working on is "trust". Not meeting their needs when they express them, makes it impossible for the baby to trust his/her caregivers, and this lack of trust is later generalised to include the world. Ezzo's justification for not feeding babies when they cry, is best described by Wikipedia...
"The book justified the act of leaving a baby to cry alone by comparing that choice to the crucifixion of Jesus: "Praise God that the Father did not intervene when His Son cried out on the cross." The Ezzos wrote that leaving the infant "crying for 15, 20, even 30 minutes is not going to hurt your baby physically or emotionally." To counter the book's conclusions, Laura Bassi Zaff, PhD, an expert in childhood cognitive development, wrote that careful research has shown that leaving a baby crying may result in emotional harm, perhaps manifesting as "attachment disorder, or anxiety disorder, or crippling problems with self esteem and interpersonal relationships"."
This is very clear misuse of scripture. "Praise God that the Father did not intervene when His Son cried out on the cross", has nothing whatsoever to do with the crying of hungry babies. Ezzo misuses other scripture texts in the same way -- totally out of contect, but "sounding nice" and "sounding spiritual" to young Christian parents who want to do what is best for their baby. The way the teachings comes into the churches is also very subtle. A young couple who have been trained in the Ezzo material will approach their minister offering to give a series of classes on "Christian Childrearing". The minister knows nothing of the background, and announces the classes at Sunday service. Believing it is endorsed by their church, expectant couples, and couples with young children, sign up.
Wikipedia further says... "In 1998, 'Dr. Bill' Sears, evangelical author, pediatrician, and clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, best known as the foremost proponent of attachment parenting, said of the Baby Wise book, "People began calling me about the stuff in this book several years ago, but I basically ignored it, thinking that it was so far out that it would just die out." Sears regretted not speaking out earlier against Baby Wise. He said about the book that it was "probably the most dangerous program of teaching about babies and children that I have seen in my 25 years of being a pediatrician.""