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Smiths Friends (Brunstad Christian Church)

A father of 13 children and former adherent of the Smiths Friends Christian Community, in Norway, has been sentenced to four months in prison for flogging his children over a 14 year period. He says he was simply doing what the leaders of the community ordered him to do— beat the children with coat hangers, lamp cables, yardsticks, and birch-rods as “expressions of love.” [csr 5.2 2006]