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View Diary: Sick, Sick, Sick: NC pastor advocates beating the gay out of children (Updated) (316 comments)

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  •  Spare the rod... (3+ / 0-)

    When I was a child welfare case worker, I was working with these parents who just couldn't stop smacking their kids around.  I had just sent the kids back home, and, sure enough, I got a report from a neighbor that Mom was slapping the crap out of the 3 and 4 year old boys.  When I investigated I found that their minister had actually told them it was alright to use corporal punishment on the boys "when they needed it".  (Keep in mind they weren't just spanking, however you may feel about that.  This was abuse.)  I explained to the minister and parents that (because the boys were wards of the court, and the parents were in parenting classes and counseling, and still learning appropriate ways to handle their frustration and appropriate discipline) corporal punishment was not an option for this family.  He told me that was contrary to the Bible, and the state had no right to interfere.  He confirmed that he would continue to counsel the parents to use corporal punishment, and they confirmed they would follow his counsel.  I had no choice but to remove the children.  And, their only crimes were typical 3 and 4 year old behavior.  I cannot imagine if they had been LGBT!

    •  Authoratarianism and child abuse (0+ / 0-)

      are symbiotic. Authoritarians create future authoritarians by abusing children.

      You are trying to intervene in one of the most basic social mechanisms in society. It is going to push back against you.

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