Friday, December 21, 2007

Ban on Corporal Punishment

Go, Venezuela!

Did you know that 22 countries have banned physical punishment of children, and many more are in the process of doing so? Except, of course, the good ol' violent U.S. of A. All 195 members of the UN have ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child, except the US and Somalia. Rah, rah, America.

I received this good news from Parenting in Jesus' Footsteps. You too can be a part of the hope.

I'll say it again, go, Venezuela! We gentle types are very, very proud of you. I hope someone from one of the aforementioned 22 countries visits my blog and I can tell them I'm thinking of moving to their country, just so people can stop looking at me askance when I tell them, "I'm sorry, but I don't hit people to make them do what I want."

I am now climbing down off my soapbox. Peace be with you.


Aimee said...

Oh I loved this post...NZ has recently passed what peopel call an "anti-smacking" bill...but there are people (mostly christians) tryign to overthrow it. It makes me so sad they are spending so much of their time on this, nstead of doing something which could help chidlren. the law itself isn't well-wrtten, and there are issues with it- but I can't support it's removal because (to me) it is saying I agree with parents physically disciplining their children- and I don't.
Shell (in NZ)

Hilaree said...

Hi Aimee...good to hear from you again! It continues to astonish me that Christians would keeep spending their time and resources on ways to insure children can continue to be abused. People also used to think it was moral (and necessary) to hit women and people of different races than themselves...and in many countries this is still very true. When will children be viewed as people too? It seems to me that in our country animals have more protective rights than do children.

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