I live in one of the states where
violent child abuse is illegal. I say violent because non-violent
forms of child abuse are all too often practiced in the form of child
slave labor, false imprisonment and so forth. But in the
following states, it is legal to violently abuse children: Alabama,
Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas,
Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina,
Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wyoming. In
these states, a wide variety of individuals are allowed to beat
Child-beating is not Christian. If you read the teachings of
Jesus, he was opposed to child abuse of any kind. Most Christians
don't accept the teachings of Christ, and some religions even encourage
child-beating. The Taliban supported corporal punishment.
But the Jews can't say this
is a Muslim thing. The Jewish Bible is one of the most violent
books in history. It encourages child-beating and even
child-killing, ala Abraham and Isaac. Religious discussions on the
subject are, therefore, unworkable.
Some time back, husbands were legally allowed to beat their
wives. This was not the case in civilized societies. It was
the case in various places within the United States. The
arguments they would use were than the wives were stupid and had an
inferior intelligence and needed to be beaten so as to learn proper
behavior. This is similar language that is used with respect to
corporal punishment. In State v. Rhodes, 1868 and State v Oliver, 1874,
two different courts discussed the legality of wife-beating.
Women have never had an inferior intelligence and neither do
children. Violence only creates more violence. Why is
it alright for parents and school officials to beat children and not
for children to beat other children? Could the Oklahoma City
bomber have cited Oklahoma's support for child-beating an excuse for
what happened to the children in the nursery? Would the children
killed have preferred the fate he delivered to the beatings he saved
them from in the Oklahoma School system? Do some Oklahoma
children, following a legalized school beating, wish they had been in
the Murrah Building?
What will the children of the 22 states that have legalized
child-beating do when they reach adulthood? If it was alright to
beat them when they were helpless, is it alright for them to beat or
kill others who are helpless? Is this the reason for the current
school shootings? Were the perpetrators of the Columbine
Shooting legally beaten when they were younger? They were in a
state where child-beating was legal. How many of those who have
perpetrated violence in other schools were legally beaten by school
authorities or by their parents? Is it any wonder that there are
so many wars and terrorist attacks?
Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho,
Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New
Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, , Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee,
Texas, and Wyoming have both corporal punishment and capital
punishment. If kids survive being beaten by their parents and the
school authorities, they get to be executed by the state for becoming
the kind of individuals corporal punishment has made of them.
If the cycle of violence is to end, those with the power must end the
beatings and the killings of members of our society. The voters
must refuse to elect leaders who support either corporal punishment or
capital punishment. They must learn to treat children with
respect. That is the only way to set the stage for peace.
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