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To smack or not to smack...

I went to a Liturgy Committee meeting last night, and as we brokered music sharing between my music group, the woman who used to do the music and still comes back each Easter to sing the litany of saints and the exsultant, and the Samoan community, as well as service sharing between us and the other Christian parishes in the area (Presbyterians and the last few Anglicans), I felt like the meeting, the whole Easter experience, was all about tolerance, understanding, acceptance and gentleness of spirit.

So how weird is it to see the front page of the paper this morning. Scroll down this page to see it
Our country is introducing an Anti-Smacking bill, to stop parents abusing their children out of sheer anger and lack of control. It's a good bill, but guess who is fighting it all the way? The gangs? The new immigrants? noooo, the Christians. Yeah, the Christians. Two Wellington Christian schools (private Christian schools, not State integrated Catholic ones like ours) gave their children the DAY OFF so they could go and protest and say the Bible says that we have to discipline (and apparently that means smack) our children or we hate them. Tolerance? Gentleness? Mercy?

I have an extraordinary friend, a nun after whom we named Christy (her middle name), and in the NZ Catholic she said 'literal interpretations of the Bible could see us stoning people for adultery (with reasonable force, of course), requiring compulsory circumcision of boys and extracting an eyeball for an eyeball.' She said some Christians point to 16 separate biblical references to support their right to smack their children, yet she found eight references in just ten minutes that caution against retribution.

I used to watch my father smack my brothers. It was never just a smack. He would lose control and beat them viciously across their backs. I hated it. My children might get frustrating sometimes but I would never beat them. I would hate to see a child get beaten. I've seen plenty of children the morning after, at school. I don't like it. And the front page of the paper has photos of cute little girls in pink dresses, one of them holding a sign she did not write, that says, 'Kids prefer discipline to foster care' ...wtf... I think these 'Christians' have really blown it.

ETA: And if you need some ironic humour about this ridiculous situation, scroll down through these *g*


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Mar. 29th, 2007 03:52 am (UTC)
Bartlet: I like your show. I like how you call homosexuality an abomination.
Dr. Jenna Jacobs: I don't say homosexuality is an abomination, Mr. President. The Bible does.
President Josiah Bartlet: Yes it does. Leviticus.
Dr. Jenna Jacobs: 18:22.
President Josiah Bartlet: Chapter and verse. I wanted to ask you a couple of questions while I have you here. I'm interested in selling my youngest daughter into slavery as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. She's a Georgetown sophomore, speaks fluent Italian, always cleared the table when it was her turn. What would a good price for her be? While thinking about that, can I ask another? My Chief of Staff Leo McGarry insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly says he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself or is it okay to call the police? Here's one that's really important because we've got a lot of sports fans in this town: touching the skin of a dead pig makes one unclean. Leviticus 11:7. If they promise to wear gloves, can the Washington Redskins still play football? Can Notre Dame? Can West Point? Does the whole town really have to be together to stone my brother John for planting different crops side by side? Can I burn my mother in a small family gathering for wearing garments made from two different threads? Think about those questions, would you? One last thing: while you may be mistaking this for your monthly meeting of the Ignorant Tight-Ass Club, in this building, when the President stands, nobody sits.

Ignorance. It surrounds us sometimes.
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