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July 5, 2012

No Spanking! Big Presby Is Watching

Not wanting to be accused of dealing only with the weighty issues of the day, the Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly has decided that corporal punishment is evil, and should be disapproved of by all right-thinking Presbyterians. Seriously. This was just passed by a vote of 334-306-9:

1. The Presbyterian Church (USA)

a. encourages its members to adopt discipline methods at home, in schools, pediatric facilities, and institutions (e.g. hospitals, orphanages, clinics, state institutions) and child-care facilities that do not include corporal punishment of children, and

b. encourages congregations to offer opportunities for dialogue and education on effective discipline of children.

2. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) calls upon all states to enact licensing laws prohibiting corporal punishment in schools and day and residential childcare facilities.

You are duly advised—no spanking!

Having settled this earth-shaking matter, the General Assembly is now going to go to Middle East affairs. Go figure.

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I am given to wonder how many of those 334 voting ‘yes’ will get so drunk and out of their mind with prescription drugs tonight that tomorrow morning they will give their kids (or in 1969 did give their kids) a good smack in the face while they are hemorrhaging with hangover?

[1] Posted by All-Is-True on 7-5-2012 at 03:22 PM · [top]

Yet another group that doesn’t give a rats’ butt about God’s Holy Word.

[2] Posted by B. Hunter on 7-5-2012 at 03:25 PM · [top]

What about Presbyterian spanking that doesn’t involve children?  Inquiring minds want to know.

[3] Posted by Daniel on 7-5-2012 at 03:45 PM · [top]

Some Presbyterian ought to propose some kind of resolution to address Daniel’s question.  Just to be on the safe side. wink

[4] Posted by Christopher Johnson on 7-5-2012 at 04:14 PM · [top]

I’m old enough to remember Sunday School teachers, in the South, taking it upon themselves to spank naughty children who misbehaved. And then, worse, telling their parents which would all but guarantee a second spanking at home. Tell me this was never the case in Presby churches?

[5] Posted by Pressing On on 7-5-2012 at 04:34 PM · [top]

Well I am willing to give spankings a pass but I would like to see a resolution banning statements associated with them.  Statements such as, “Do you want a spanking?” and
“This is going to hurt me more than it hurts you.”  I also believe parents should be banned from checking their children’s pants for padding material pre spanking.  A few layers of TP are not going to hold back the force of the wooden spoon all that much.

[6] Posted by Paula Loughlin on 7-5-2012 at 06:25 PM · [top]

There is a new study touted by the political left, of typical very poor quality, with obvious flaws that supposedly shows an increased risk of mental illness among those who were spanked as a child.

The issue is that adults with problems of depression or substance abuse are more likely to recall corporal punishment and ascribe current problems with parents (never themselves and bad choices they have made).

And the left loves making the correlation implies causation error when it suits them:

Study shows spanking boosts odds of mental illness
Spanking Kids Leads to Adult Mental Illnesses - ABC News
New study suggests that spanking children leads to mental illness
Spanking Batters Kids’ Mental Health: Study - (Note that this a government website!)
Study shows spanking boosts odds of mental illness -
New study suggests that spanking children leads to mental illness

Interestingly, the study shows that adults that recall corporal punishment have attained higher education levels and make more money! So go ahead and spank your kids.

[7] Posted by robroy on 7-6-2012 at 05:22 AM · [top]

They may be on to something.  I am the son of a PCUSA minister who spanked me now and then and I became…an Episcopalian.  So there may have been some major damage done, after all.

[8] Posted by Kubla on 7-6-2012 at 10:06 AM · [top]

FWIW ... they also declined to change the health plan to only fund abortions that are needed to save the life of the mother. 

After the vote on spanking passed, and the change on abortion funding failed, an orthodox commissioner was overhead saying:

“so we now have the PCUSA on record saying, you can kill your kids, but you can’t spank them”

[9] Posted by Reformed Catholic on 7-9-2012 at 11:05 PM · [top]

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