Tuesday, February 20, 2007

spanking bill not introduced

Apparently the much-publicized notion that spanking should be a crime in California has not been introduced to the state legislature. My imagination leads me to think that legions of parents called this politician threatening to drop off their naughty children on her doorstep to deal with if they could not swat little bottoms to get them to mind.
Even my calm husband had his fill of our 2 year old's antics during Mass this past week and had to take Charlie to the bathroom for a little man-to-man. When they came back into the sanctuary he had tears running down his cheeks but was calm for the rest of the service. However, he didn't get his usual doughnut afterwards, which sent him on another fit. Mrs. Lieber should have been grateful that California is so far away because I would not have minded dropping off my own hysterical child.
“This home-invasion bill has been stopped cold by parents and grandparents who know that to love children is to discipline them and show them the way to live,” said Randy Thomasson, president of Campaign for Children and Families (CCF), a leading nonprofit, nonpartisan California-based pro-family organization, which has been strongly opposing the spanking ban. “Because so many people have spoken out, the Democrats in Sacramento realize that their liberal agenda is offending a whole lot of people.”
For two weeks, Lieber has publicly pushed to make spanking your own child under age 4 a misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail, a $1,000 fine, or both. Now she’s retreating, as evidenced by two published reports that she intended to introduce her no-spanking bill no later than today.


scmom said...

Isn't it amazing that liberals won't stop women from killing their unborn babies, but will stop us from disciplining them with a swat on the bum?

Publius said...

The bill does not actually specifically allow spanking of any kind. It does attack the traditional and biblical spanking with a switch, which actually is less likely to be a health hazard according to many people.

Just because the bill doesn't use the word "spank" doesn't mean that it does not affect spanking. This bill, while it does not actually mention the word "spank" effectively outlaws spanking.