Thursday, July 20, 2006

news to me: smack'em!

Row over Christian smacking manual

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 manifestations, 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.

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