Brazil’s President Seeks Spanking Ban

Brasilia, Brazil


Apparently the president of Brazil feels that spanking is inappropriate:

15 July 2010 Last updated at 22:30 ET

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Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has sent a bill to Congress which would ban the use of corporal punishment on children.

The bill would outlaw any cruel or degrading treatment that humiliates or seriously threatens children, including spanking.

Lula said it was not meant to prevent parents educating their children.

Certainly child abuse is wrong, but the Bible seems to support the idea that spanking is appropriate:

24 He who keeps back his rod is unkind to his son: the loving father gives punishment with care. (Proverbs 13:24, BBE)

15 Foolish ways are deep-seated in the heart of a child, but the rod of punishment will send them far from him. (Proverbs 22:15, BBE)

3 Don’t be afraid to correct your young ones; a spanking won’t kill them.  14 A good spanking, in fact, might save them from something worse than death. (Proverbs 23:13-14 from THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson. All rights reserved.)

As far as talking to children, as the Brazilian President suggests, that is great.  But it does not always get the attention of the younger children.  Of course, no one should harm their child by spanking too hard, too long, or too often.  Nor do I believe that striking the face, for example, is appropriate.  Hopefully, an appropriate definition will be adopted in Brazil that is safe for children and in accordance with biblical teachings.

And hopefully, parents will spend time with their children as well as to talk to them as corporal punishment should not be the primary form of education.

Two articles of possibly related interest may include:

Successful Parenting: God’s Way This is a new booklet by Dr. J. Fall.
Mexico, Central America, South America, and Brazil in Prophecy [Español: México, America Central, Suramérica, y el Brasil en profecíal] [Português: México, América Central, Ámérica do Sul, e Brasil na profecia] What will happen to those of Latin America? Will they have prosperity? Will they cooperate with Europe? Will they suffer in the future? What role might Brazil play?  What rule might the various Caribbean nations/territories play?

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