Via No Right Turn, a man has been sentenced to 12 months in prison for beating his daughter over the head with a lump of concrete. This was apparently in the aid of good parental correction when she refused to go to his church, or something.
And this is why I will vote yes, and this is why I will forever be fucking pissed off at people who complain that “there’s a difference between a light smack and child abuse” and “I never hit my kids, I just smacked them“.
I mean, first of all because they’re wrong, but that’s a whole ‘nother flamewar.
Because here’s the thing, pro-smackers.
Sure, you see the magical line between smacking and hitting.
You’re the kind of parents who don’t abuse their kids but just sometimes give them taps on the bottom as part of loving discipline.
So it seems totally kosher to you that parents should be legally allowed to defend their actions as being reasonable force.
But when you stand up and say “parents know what’s best for their children, and sometimes physical discipline is the only recourse”? And when you say “the nanny state shouldn’t interfere with the parent-child relationship” and when you say “look, this guy is a good parent, he was just at the end of his tether“?
Thinks you support what he did.