Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Canada Moves to Criminalize Spankings

(LifeSiteNews.com) - In response to a debate on spanking that took place yesterday before the Senate Committee of Human Rights (SCHR), the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada (IMFC) presented a research report indicating their disapproval of the proposed new legislation.

The debated bill, S-207, would take out Section 43 of the Criminal Code (allowing spanking), thereby forbidding parents to spank their children, effectively making it criminal behaviour...

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: So basically, the Canadian government wants to outlaw one of the most effective means of raising children into productive adults and reducing crime. As a parent I know better than to tell other parents how to discipline their children. My kids get a swat on the behind when misbehaving gets really out of hand, and I have to say, it's very effective. It's done in a loving manor, without rage, accompanied by an explanation, an apology from the child with a hug. However, I understand that some parents don't like this method of discipline, and I respect their right to raise their children the best way they see fit.

Having said that, I find it absolutely reprehensible when Big Brother (government) reaches it's intrusive iron fist into the basic functions of the family unit. It defies the Catholic principle of subsidiarity, and in many ways endangers the common good. Spankings should be limited within reason of course. While bruising and injuries are completely unacceptable, a firm swat by the hand on the fatty buttox of a child is hardly abuse. If a parent doesn't want to use this method of corporal punishment, that is their business, but for those who do, they have the backing of the Catholic faith...
Prov 13:24: "He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes (diligently)."

Prov 19:18: "Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying."

Prov 22:15: "Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him."

Prov 23:13: "Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die."

Prov 23:14: "Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell (Shoel)."

Prov 29:15: "The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame."

Hebrews 12:6-7: "...the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son. Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father?"