Mississippi bill could make spanking illegal
The scary nature of the story is that the government feels they get to decide that for parents.
Senate Bill 2180, “An Act to Amend Section 97-5-39, Mississippi Code of 1972, to Revise the Offense of Felonious Abuse of Batter of a Child; and for Related Purposes,” submitted by Republican Senator Brice Wiggins, would make it a felony to “whip, strike, or otherwise abuse any child” in a manner that causes “bodily harm.”
Couple of observations:
A. This is a Republican
One might be quick to assume a bleeding heart liberal initiated the bill, but that is not the case.
B. This is a felony.
What would that do to your job application when asked if you have any felonies in your past?
“That phrase is not defined. It could be left up to a judge and only ultimately determined after thousands of dollars are incurred in legal defense fees, and you have basically seen your life flash before you because you’ve been charged with a grave crime. It is not an acceptable situation for parents [who are] just trying to do their godly duty by their children.” – Liberty Counsel attorney Steve Crampton says that puts parents in a position of having to prove their discipline was reasonable.
Current state law requires that a physician determine whether abuse has occurred.
The minimum penalty upon conviction of this crime would be ten years in prison. The maximum penalty would be life in prison. The Home School Legal Defense Association has pledged to continue tracking S.B. 2180′s progress and work with home schoolers of Mississippi to defeat the measure.