PADDLE-MAKER UP AGAINST NATIONAL BATTLE
First, Susan Lawrence fought The Rod. Then she battled the Wee Wacker.
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"It's just appalling to me that people would sell things like that to make money and hurt children," said Lawrence, director of Stop the Rod, an anti-spanking group. "I don't think people should hit each other."
Salvati, 44, who owns a home remodeling business and sends free wooden paddles to parents across the country, said he's just doing what God asked him to do four years ago.
"I don't care what people have to say about me," he said. "I've got thick skin."
Salvati, father of two grown children, said his idea to make 2-foot-long paddles and give them away came to him during his normal prayer time in the shower in 2002.
"It came, 'Make paddles. Give them away,'" he said. "I blew it off. The fourth time, it came real hard."
Salvati began giving away paddles locally. Then he turned to the Internet, offering the paddles in exchange for $5.75 shipping.
"I'm not trying to make money on it. I don't care about the money," he said. "I'm just doing what I'm supposed to do."
Salvati's Web site, along with a guide he sends with the paddles, detail paddling rules. He doesn't recommend using the paddle on children younger than 6. . . .[James Dobson recommends whipping infants, in case you were wondering.] He tells parents to use the paddle on themselves first to test their strength.
Salvati also put together appointment slips so kids and parents can schedule spankings.
"It's so the parents aren't angry when they do it," he said.
He tells parents to hug their children and tell them they love them after a spanking.
God told him to do it?
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