The real child abuse
Perusing facebook, I saw that one of my “friends” threw up another silly article claiming that spanking is child abuse. There was a study, apparently, that said that between 2% and 7% of children who are spanked grow up to have mental problems. The article, surprisingly, was offering this evidence to try to persuade parents to eschew this classic and time-honored form of discipline. That’s right, spanking does not cause mental defects in about 93% – 98% of children who are spanked. Sounds like a pretty safe form of punishment, actually.
Plus, it’s effective. You don’t even have to use it, much; the threat alone can often straighten ’em out. I have four children, all of whom are (or were) spanked, and if there’s one compliment we get while out and about, its how well-behaved our children are.
No, the real child abuse is, I suspect, practiced by those who scorn spanking: leading one’s child into atheism. Teaching your child that there is no God, that the universe is ultimately meaningless, and that therefore their lives, and everything they do is ultimately meaningless, is the most insidious form of child abuse possible. It teaches them to refuse reason and scientific evidence in favor of personal “freedom” (and a warped view of freedom, no less). It teaches them to live in a way that is unfulfilling for them in this life, and disastrous in the next. No, if we are to have a law against child abuse, better to make it a crime to teach one’s child to believe the atheist dogma rather than to punish parents for using corporal punishment.