Wednesday, September 20, 2006


Here's a couple of things that everyone's thinking, but not everyone is prepared to say:

1. The third point in Sue Bradford's Crimes (Abolition of Force as a Justification for Child Discipline) Amendment Bill says:
"The purpose of this Act is to amend the principal Act to abolish the use of reasonable force by parents as a justification for disciplining children."

The oxymoronical wording of this point is surely evidence enough that Sue Bradford's proposed ammendment is ridiculous. When a society begins supporting the illegilisation of "reasonable" things, then that society has got issues. Big issues.

2. Many, if not most of the advocates of the repealling of Section 59 are linked in some way to Children's Right's organisations. Instead of hammering the law-abiding parents who want the best for the kids, why don't these community-spirited people and groups turn their attention to an issue that is affecting our country, and our country's children to a much greater extent? That issue is abortion. Compared with the murder of 17.5 thousand young children last year (see the statistics on, the smacking issue really does pale into insignificance!

Lets get our priorities sorted out New Zealand!


Nato said...

You do realize that your argument that scripture dictates that it is the parent's duty to use corporal punishment (here), and your argument that assumes pro-life values puts you the fundamentalist christian box, which might not be so good for rallying support? There are a good number of people who agree that section 59 shouldn't be repealled, but might be turned off by your anti-abortion stance?

I'm not trying to attack you or anything, just offering my thoughts.

Andy Moore said...

Hi Nato, you're right... If people want, they can say how they think that Parents should have the right to use reasonable force in discipline, and that they don't care about young children being murdered - in the same breath, but that's their prerogative. Cheers!

Barbara said...

Keep up the good work Andy. We need to see more of your generation fighting the repeal of Section 59. Afterall you are the parents of the future and this will affect you more than the older generation who tends to be fighting this at the moment. We need to consider the future generations of New Zealanders.

Andy Moore said...