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Our Right To Use The Willow Cane

Does anyone have a ‘right’ to beat their children? The brain has this amazing ability to disconnect from reality, reason or common sense. Check this out:

  1. Journalist infiltrates The Twelve Tribes, a secretive sect, and films adults in a cellar beating six children with a total of 83 strokes of the cane. He filmed 50 beatings in total.
  2. The authorities turned up and took the children away.
  3. Disconnect from reason:
    The sect community is “very shocked. We feel it’s outrageous for them to take 40 children from their parents. We are a peaceful people …. “
  4. Disconnect from reality:
    “We believed we need to do what is right in God’s law rather than what the law of any land or state said.”
  5. Disconnect from common sense:
    The group’s children are educated on the site. The Twelve Tribes “don’t believe in higher education.”

It’s not uncommon for parents to aver: “I know best how to raise my child” and this is usually excused by all. But really? Common experience shows most people are dissatisfed with some element of their upbringing. What is certain is that parents do not always know the best way to bring up their kids. The sins of parents are legion:

  • not giving enough love, time or attention
  • spoiling children
  • being poor role models
  • encouraging or not stopping bad manners
  • abuse (oral, physical, neglect) – and in extreme cases: beating kids to death, pouring acid on them, honour killings, exorcism or some other such weird ‘cultural’ or ‘religious’ practice
  • marrying off kids to grandpas
  • neglecting or denying proper education including teaching lies (e.g. creationism)
  • the list goes on.

No doubt most parents mean well and try their best or rather try to the best of their knowledge and abilities but that’s not the same as knowing what’s best for a child. . And there lies the question: who knows what’s best for anyone else?

Secretly I think some behaviour deserve a good beating (contrary to some people’s experiences ‘a good beating’ can also do a lot of harm but sometimes some kids are just asking for a beating). But at what point does confronting bad behaviour move from correction to punishment? Who draws the red line? Can parents be trusted? The State? The religious authorities? Social workers?

Read all about it here:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/it-is-our-right-to-use-the-willow-cane-inside-the-twelve-tribes-christian-fundamentalist-sect-at-centre-of-childcare-controversy-8820271.html

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Anarchy In The UK

Last week rioters went mad on the streets of England. For four nights I sat glued to my television, along with other law-abiding citizens, transfixed at images of masked teenagers breaking into shops and grabbing every fashion item in sight from flat screen TVs to watches to trainers to bicycles to clothes. At first I held the opinion that the police needed to shoot all the gangs of thieves (with plastic bullets of course) to stop the craze. But then the news that some looters were as young as ten. Ten! How do you shoot a 10-yar-old boy and still claim to be civilized? So instead we let them loot and now over 2000 people are arrested. I can’t help wondering, given the rate at which goods go out of fashion, what happens when the kids who have escaped arrest want the “latest” must-haves. I shudder! Seriously isn’t it time we re-introduced corporal punishment? No doubt lashings will do nothing for the hardcore but these we can lock up. For most of the rest however surely a good beating might do them a world of good which incidentally is a higher probability than the current approach which fails them completely.