Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Texas Is Nuts

Whenever I read any news from Texas, it feels like I've come in touch with an alternative reality. A really scary alternative reality. The lawmakers in this state have gone completely off the deep end mentally and are now seriously discussing whether to allow schoolteachers to beat students without asking the kids' parents for consent:
Texas lawmakers voted against parental approval for corporal punishment Wednesday, allowing schools to spank students with or without parents' say. Rep. Alma Allen, D-Houston, said she personally doesn't believe in corporal punishment and noted that it's no longer practiced in the state's largest school districts, but said she wasn't trying to end the practice. "This is a parental rights bill," Allen said. "I do not like corporal punishment, but this bill does not abolish it." An amendment from Todd Smith, R-Euless, would have allowed parents to give approval just once instead of requiring contact every time their children act up. Conservatives, however, rallied against giving parents the final say over educators.
The entire situation is so insane that one is wondering whether this is a report from a mental health clinic. A bunch of politicians got together to work out rules of how to abuse little children physically. And nobody is even trying to suggest that beating people is not OK. That anybody who assaults another human being belongs in jail. That nobody can possibly have the right to consent or not consent to another person being assaulted. 

I truly hope that every parent, teacher or politician who has ever hit a child will live to see this child grow up and beat them up in return. I, for one, would definitely consent to such people getting a beating.


Anonymous said...

I think this is an important reason why college students act out so much in LA. I have come to the conclusion that some of them now want to be beaten.

Northern Gaijin 北外人 said...

A lot of the justification for this behaviour comes from the bible in these so called religious areas of the country. Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go” which strict Christians interpret as beat the hell out of the kid. This is actually a faulty translation of the original Hebrew, “חנך לנער על פי דרכו chanoch lannaar al pi darco, (Initiate the child at the opening (the mouth) of his path.)” There is no implied corporal or any other punishment in the original text. If you really want to have a good idea of how far some of these people go then read the page at:

It’s from a Christian (?) book for raising children by Michael and Debbi Pearl called “To Train Up a Child” and I hope it doesn’t put you off the rest of your evening.

Anonymous said...

Pain is pleasure for Christians.

Clarissa said...

If instead of passing this legislation they spent the day beating each other in the House, I would totally be in favor of that.

GMP said...

And nobody is even trying to suggest that beating people is not OK. That anybody who assaults another human being belongs in jail.

This. Especially beating defenseless children. Anything abusive done to children absolutely unforgivable.

Clarissa said...

We all meet tons of annoying adults on a daily basis: customers, colleagues, neighbors, drivers. And somehow we manage to deal with them and not hit them. Why can't the same courtesy be extended to little children who can't even defend themselves?

liese4 said...

Please don't judge every Christian by the Pearl's or Ezzo's (GKGW-growing kids Gods way.) They are way off base on scripture (a rod is for guidance, not beating, shepherds would guide their sheep with a rod, not whack them over the head and numerous other scripture twisted and taken to fit their concept of child rearing.)

On a side note, yes TX is part of the Bible belt, but it is not the only state where corporal punishment is still used. I remember (I'm from TX) having my parent's sign a slip at the start of the school year that gave permission to spank. But I rarely needed it :)