Wednesday, 16 May 2007

16 May 2007 - Family Integrity #250 -- May God have mercy

Dear Friends,

Today our Parliamentarians vote on a bill to make it a criminal offense for parents to correct their own children. The term "correct" is not defined. It will make any act of physical discipline, training, chastisement and possibly much more into a criminal act of assault, worth as much as two years in jail, regardless of how light or reasonable the force used, and regardless of the child's act of disobedience or destructiveness or dishonesty or disrespect, and regardless of any other circumstances. It is not even clear if it is only in relation to physical could apply to moral force, verbal force, intimidation, removal of privileges, grounding, time out.....nobody knows since none of these things have been defined or delineated. The Bill appears certain to pass, barring a last minute miracle.
All parents in this country will become criminals who are simply awaiting the time when they will come to the notice of the police (teacher asking children at school which of them gets smacked, an angry child or nosey neighbour or vindictive relation reporting, etc.). We talked to a police officer yesterday who confirmed to us that any such report they will have to act on as it will be considered an act of "domestic violence", a category of crime for which the police have a zero tolerance policy.

Please email or phone your MP one more time today. May God have mercy on us all.

Craig Smith
National Director
Family Integrity
PO Box 9064
Palmerston North
New Zealand
Ph: (06) 357-4399
Fax: (06) 357-4389

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