According to an article on stuff.co.nz, there is a Christian group in New Zealand who says that it’s so.
This group, Family Integrity, is distributing an eight-page booklet on how parents should use physical punishment under current New Zealand law.
Some gems from their advice:
- Smacking does so much good for the child and for you
- If the child is angry after the smack, you have not smacked hard enough
- When children challenge defiantly, you must win conclusively
I’ll stop there before I become apoplectic.
The spokesperson for the group even says “…[m]any Christians did not want to see smacking banned as that would take away parental authority, but he conceded the brochure would appear as ‘total nonsense’ to non-Christians.”
The law that is under consideration for repeal, Section 59 of the Crimes Act, has been used in court to successfully defend parents who have used bamboo canes and riding crops to discipline their children. This brochure is part of an effort to keep the law on the books. They’re even parading around a Swedish lawyer who says that the anti-beating laws passed by Sweden has “ruined” families and children.
Are you effing kidding me? I’m no Christian scholar, but giving your kids a beat-down seems to be completely opposite of the teachings of Jesus Christ. Frankly, I’d like to beat on some of these parents who are advocating this.
Do kids need discipline? Absolutely. But giving them “10-15 minute smack sessions”?! No way.
(Via Boing Boing)