To spank or not to spank. That's the very heated question that's drawing a renewed fire across the country in the wake of a proposal in California to ban spanking. The legislation would make it illegal to spank a child under the age of four.
We got a lot of feedback from our viewers. Here are some of the responses sent in via e-mail:
"I don't aprove spanking at all for any ages between 4 and under. and between 4 and 10 years of age as well. because 4 and up to 10 years old, perants uses belts, paddles, and worse of all methods switches. because switches can make a child bleeds i know that for a fact i was one of them got hit by a switch and they hurt and bleed."
"Where in Bible is... "Spare the rod; spoil the child is NOT in my Bible," where is it in yours? Quote the book and verse, please! It is something that was most likely in Poor Richard's Almanac! Please check this before you spout it on TV to the whole tri-state area!"
--- Sunday School Teacher for 25 years
Yes, I agree with spanking. Not beating, I say, but spanking. There is a difference--just as there is a difference in yelling and speaking firmly.
--- Ann Mullins
"I support spanking when other forms of discipline fail. Each child is different and responds differently to methods of discipline. You can't always "reason" with a two-year old and occasionally a swft spanking may get his attention. I believe most experts who do not support spanking either do not have children or are inexperienced in their profession. God created us all and even told us how to disciplineour children. "He that spareth his rod hateth his son...." (Prov. 13:24)"
"I just have a question. Who is going to watch the children when the parents go to jail for spanking them? Has anyone thought about this? It seems to me that it would be better for the state to stay out of private matters. Sending the parents to jail could cause more harm to the child than a spanking. Just wondering.
--- Brenda Chaffin, Huntington
"Both my husband and I were spanked (as needed) when we were growing up, and it has helped to develop our character in a positive manner."
--- Mary B., Ashland, KY
"In response to the e-mail from the Sunday School teacher regarding "spare the rod and spoil the child", she's correct. It doesn't say "spare the rod and spoil the child" but in Proverbs chapter 13 and verse 24, the Bible says, "He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chaseneth him betimes (disciplines him diligently)." I know that she asked for someone to send her the book, chapter and verse."
--- Doug and Tonia Hall, Grayson, KY
He that spareth his rod hateth his son. Proverbs 14-9.
--- Estill Mills, Ashland, KY
"I work in a busy mall. Every day I see young children having temper tantrums. Teens demanding their latest wants, and even cursing at their parents. Many people ask... "What's wrong with these kids today?" I'll tell you, they haven't been spanked!"
"The origin of "Spare the rod, and spoil the child" is from the Bible, although it is not in those exact words. Here they are: PROVERBS 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes. (KJV)"
--- Shannon, Portsmouth, OH
"Just a quick response to the "sunday school" teacher who needed some assistance locating a scripture on spanking. The Bible actually DOES say , "He Who Spares The Rod Hates His Son, But He Who Loves Him Is Careful To Discipline Them. It's In Proverbs 13:24! Just thought I would help!"
--- Randy, Barboursville
"I was watching the news this morning and a sunday school teacher sent an e-mail that said that "Spare the rod, spoil the child" wasn't in her bible, and then she asked if it was in yours. She also asked to quote the verse.
Heres the verse that states this in religious terms : "He who spareth the rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him correcteth him betimes" Proverbs 13:24. Im very positive that if she felt strongly enough about her religion she would've done a little research about God's word in the book she holds dearest to her heart. another part of the same subject is : "Withhold not correction from a child: for if thou strike him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and deliver his soul from hell."
Proverbs 23:13-14. Please forward this to the 25 year sunday school teacher that does not know how to read.
--- Robert Stevens