Friday, February 23, 2007

California anti-spanking proposal

Sally Lieber, the wacky anti-cat-spanking lady, has just introduced California AB 755, her proposed California law against child corporal punishment. The Si Valley paper reports on her radical purpose:
With all the publicity, ``Many people we've talked to already think the Legislature has passed a ban on spanking,'' Lieber said. ``And that's just fine with us, because we would like to stop all physical punishment of children.''
Her original proposal was softened somewhat, but also raised the age cut-off from 4 to 18. ChristianNewsWire reports:
"AB 755 allows for the arrest and cuffing of responsible mothers who cannot spank effectively without using a little stick or paddle or switch when their youngsters are defiantly disobedient," said Randy Thomasson, president of Campaign of Children and Families (CCF), a California-based pro-family organization. "And nowhere does the bill specifically protect the right of parents to spank with an open hand, leaving this up to a judge's interpretation instead. AB 755 is a home invasion bill that equates healthy, infrequent spanking with child abuse. If that's the case, most of our grandparents were child abusers. Spanking is not child abuse."
The punishment is a minimum of 4 years probation and a maximum of 6 years in prison. The parent would also have to complete a "nonviolent parental education class". There is also a provision for random drug and alcohol testing.

The papers are reporting this as Lieber dropping her anti-spanking proposal, but it is apparent that she is as determined as ever to legislate her goofy and oppressive parenting theories.

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