Q:So, Mr/Ms generic South African parent, what's your take on the government's new proposed law to outlaw corporal punishment at home?
A: Total codswallop, good parents have to enforce discipline through moering their children. No government gets to tell me the contrary. Spanking is a way of expressing love.
Q: but, should the legislation be approved, would you look into other methods of parenting? You realise there are plenty of manuals and books out there on alternative methods of disciplining a child?
A: nope, come hell or high water, it's my biblical duty to spank my child. It's a cause I'd happily go to jail for. Spanking equals good and responsible parenting.
Q: why do you so firmly believe in this cause?
A: like I said, it's in the Bible and other religious texts. Anyway, read the newspapers, discipline in schools is completely out of hand. Kids are displaying more aggression than ever, and this violent behaviour should be met with even more aggression. That's how you shut a child up. Why bother with other punishments such as grounding a child, hoping to teach a child to reflect on his/her deeds? Total waste of my precious time. I need some time to watch my soapies, you know?
Q: so, you wouldn't even mind if someone else, such as a teacher, uses corporal punishment on your child? A: no, I'd gladly give my written concent. Donder them stukkend, if that's what it takes to eliminate rebellion and critical thinking. Life is black and white, gray areas cause too much confusion. Q: how do you feel about some people believing that spanking equates to child abuse?
A: what does equate mean? And how do you spell abuse? Please man, I'm not neccessarily referring to using objects to spank, unless they become too cheecky. Excessive force is not always required.
Q: so what would you concider to be excessive force?
A: only the parents can decide that. Some believe in blikseming them purple, others believe in just enough force to put them in their place.
Q: and the law should not protect children?
A: protect them from what? Themselves? Anyway, I'd rather the government spend more time on fighting violent crime. Also, judging from the comments I read in forums such as News24, this is something that unites South Africans. Pro-spanking is pro-rainbow nation
Q: and you don't believe, despite overwelming evidence, that there's a link between child abuse and violent crime?
A: there is no such thing as child abuse. Only lack of discipline. Ok, no, let me rephrase, lack of disciplining a child equals child abuse. And the critical thinking resulting from it leads to violent crime.
Q: you realise that crime rates in countries that forbid spanking at home are significantly lower than in SA? Think Iceland, some of the Scandinavian countries and the Netherlands.
A: aren't these the same countries where children of 16 overzealously practise safe sex and abort children they cannot support? No, I'd rather my kids bear the consequences of their deads. Pregnant at 12 leads to pregnancy, and pregnancy should never be terminated. Pro-spanking is pro-life.
Q: so, in a nutshell, you choose life, and would rather let an abused child out into the world than one that is able to tell right from wrong through self discovery?
A: you still haven't told me how you spell child abuse... And it's up to me to dictate to my child the difference between right and wrong. Even if from a prison cell. Now could you please let me go, Isidingo is starting in 5 minutes?
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