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Corporal punishment of children.
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Two contrasting quotations:

bullet"Regardless of governmental laws, God's law states that spanking is necessary for the proper development of a child." La Vista Church of Christ, Omaha NE. 5
bullet"Join other activists in a demonstration at the U.S. Capitol Building for the immediate banning of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, also known as 'corporal punishment,' in U.S. Public Schools." Invitation by "Parents and Teachers Against Violence in Education." 6

The stakes over spanking children are extremely high:

The trend in the United States for the past two decades has been to abandon corporal punishment (spanking) in favor of increased use of alternate discipline methods -- e.g. logical consequences, natural consequences, time outs or withdraw of privileges.

If this trend continues, and:

bulletIf corporal punishment advocates are correct, then the abandonment of spanking will significantly increase violence and criminal activity among the next generation of adults. Society will become more violent. More people will be victimized. We will have to build additional jails to hold all of the criminals.
 
bulletIf corporal punishment opponents are correct, then the abandonment of spanking will greatly decrease youth rage and criminal activity among both teens and adults. Over the longer term, levels of clinical depression, clinical anxiety, alcohol and other drug addiction among adults will also decrease.

Unfortunately, neither side in the conflict trusts each other's studies and data. So we are probably going to have to sit back and simply observe the long-term effects of the reduction in corporal punishment.

This brings to mind the famous Chinese curse: "May you live in interesting times."

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  1. "Is spanking a thirteen year old child illegal?," La Vista Church of Christ, at: http://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/

  2. "Announcement," 21 to Go!, at: http://www.thehittingstopshere.com/

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