I don’t write much these days, but there are some articles that leave you speechless – to say the least. Here is Maureen Dowd accusing Rick Santorum of religious fanaticism, and praising the classical liberal agenda.
Rick Santorum is called “a small-town mullah” because he is personally against contraceptives and of course he is pro-life (among others). Read the article for yourself.
According to Dowd, “Virginia’s Republican governor, Bob McDonnell… also wants to drag women back into a cave.” That is because he wants to pass a bill that requires “women seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound…an invasion that anti-abortion groups hope would shame some women into changing their minds once they saw or heard about traits of the fetus.”
 Square brackets are used for ‘footnotes.’
The debate about “to spank or not to spank” continues and is even heating up. The article and comments from Dr. John Stackhouse’s blog are very useful. Frankly – most times I learn more from the comments. It is worth reading Andrew Tsui’s comments on that blog and also Roger’s. I also wrote a short post here.
I sense from that blog that the attitude of the majority who are against spanking is one of superiority. Here are these uncivilized “cave men” who still believed in spanking, but they actually need to grow up and learn the new and more effective ways to deal with their children. As if the people who believe in some form of mild and loving spanking are not aware of these ‘new’ methods and every time they get into a difficult situation they resort to spanking! Oh brother! To borrow the expression of one startled commentator from the non-spanking side… 🙂
Personally – I have to confess again. YES – I was spanked. I was disciplined physically by my mother, my father, and by my grandparents. And I am very happy and thankful for that. I am fairly confident that most of the times I deserved it and it did good to me. I am not anti social, I am not aggressive etc…and I am willing to bet [I may try to do a mini study when I get back to my home church in Los Angeles] that most of the people from my generation were spanked [I am talking about Romanians and Romanian Americans here] and are thankful for that.
I don’t have much time these days to write blogs, but this issue definitely caught my attention. Here is a blog from John Stackhouse on this subject: Now You Can Finally Stop Hitting Your Kids. The title says it all.
It is apparently based on a Canadian study. One article dealing with this study can be found here. Here are a few relevant excerpts:
“We’re really past the point of calling this [spanking] a controversy. That’s a word that’s used and I don’t know why, because in the research there really is no controversy,” she said in an interview…”If we had this level of consistency in findings in any other area of health, we would be acting on it. We’d be pulling out all the stops to work on the issue.”