July 20, 2006
New Zealand Christians promote their very own no child’s behind left policy:
A Christian group urging parents to smack their children, using discipline sessions lasting up to 15 minutes, has been accused of promoting what amounts to child abuse.
Family Integrity has produced a controversial eight-page booklet on how to use physical punishment under the present law.
Parents are told that smacking can be a “10-to-15-minute process” and that if a child reacts angrily, such as by slamming doors or “pouting”, they should be smacked again.
“Smacking is meant to drive the foolishness, the sinful manifest-
ations, out of the child’s personality so that they do not become permanent fixtures,” it says.
Smacking is justified because children younger than age eight “do not think straight” and lack a developed sense of fair play and duty.
The Family Integrity booklet, written by Craig Smith, says the Bible and section 59 of the Crimes Act allow parents to use reasonable force to discipline their children.
Family Integrity says it is an informal group of families and individuals independent of any political party or church. The group believes “it is right and wise to bring our children up with loving corporal correction” and is opposed to “unjustifiable government interference” in family life.
Children’s Commissioner Cindy Kiro said Family Integrity’s suggestion of a 10-15-minute discipline session was “completely off the wall”.
“The idea that children are sinful and that they need to be beaten in order to be moral beings is fundamentally wrong.”
Family Integrity (motto: Our Home… Our Castle) is a truly fucked up sect: its Web site is obsessed with beating the crap out of kids, with page after page of justification, and links to articles such as “When Parents Become Victims,” “Working Definition of Spanking,” and “Spanking Swedish Bottoms.”
Still, at least the booklet’s author seems to understand that normal people will think he is nuts:
Mr Smith said last night the brochure was written for a Christian audience and outlined the biblical philosophy of child punishment. Many 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.
Click here for the facts on corporal punishment in the U.S.
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