Pastor Philip Caminiti of the Aleitheia Bible Church in Wisconsin was sentenced to two years for "conspiracy to commit child abuse for advocating the use of wooden rods to spank children". (Source)
What he preached was Proverbs 13:24, which says:
Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.
Quoting the bible ought not be a crime and this has a few online enraged. Alex Jones’ Youtube channel put together this video saying it is an infringement on our first amendment rights. Here is a video of the Pastor testifying in court back in March 2012.
Doing a more exhaustive search on Philip Caminiti, we see that members of his church were using his preachings to beat children as young as two months old.
"If you spank early and it is done right, then kids will be happy and obedient," Philip Caminiti told investigators, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.
But I didn’t see any reports where he advocated excessive force to the point of physical damage — such as broken bones and/or bruising. And if there is no such proof of that, then two years seems like excessive punishment.
Our society has taken the side of children but perhaps they have taken it too far. Parents do not discipline their children properly so they grow up to feel like entitled snobs.