How to kill your kids

Gosh, just what New Zealand needs; an instruction manual from religious nutters on how to beat your children to death. Because, as we all know, we don’t have enough beaten; raped; maimed; and murdered children in our society.

Just a reminder how “good” we are at beating our children to death, here.  But maybe ten children murdered each year, plus the hundreds more who suffer permanent injuries/maimings, aren’t enough? Because it seems that there are “helpful” individuals out there who are willing to put together a ‘manual’ on how we can do it more efficiently.

And if it’s based on the scribblings of a 2,000+ year old religious text – all the better. Personally, I’m waiting for a book on child-discipline according to the ancient Aztec  Sun God worship .

I wonder if the next child killer; standing in the dock on charges of murder; will hold up this book and use it as an excuse for his/her behaviour?

“God said I can beat my child!”

How many deranged serial killers have also claimed to hear God’s voice?

Fact File:

“Data sets for the years 1997 to 2001 from each country include all deaths and hospitalisations from assault. The results show that a child in New Zealand is almost three times more likely to die from assault than a child in Sweden.”

So do we really need this book? It seems we’re pretty good at it already.

  1. Deborah Kean
    24 August 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Ah, but the point is that it isn’t and can’t be Christian!
    AFAIK these people get their ideas from one ;line in the Old Testament – there’s absolutely nothing in the New Testament, and nothing more than this throwaway line in the old, to justify beating children!
    In fact, in the New Testament, specifically the Epistles, the advice is pretty much the opposite – that parents are not to allow their kids to become discouraged by too-harsh discipline!
    The fault is fundamentalism, and the idea they have that everyone can make up his (and it is his!) own mind about priorities and interpretation…
    Deb

    • 24 August 2011 at 9:39 pm

      True, Debbie. It seems a shame they don’t put the same value on the NT as on the OT. But then, I guess they wouldn’t be “Fundamentalists” then?

      I’ve heard some christians state that the OT was superceded by the NT and no longer holds sway. Unfortunately, if that were true, why is the OT still included in the bible?

      Anyway, the latest on National Radio was that even the NZ Civil Liberties Council has come out against the book. Link here.

  2. Deborah Kean
    25 August 2011 at 5:04 pm

    I am one of the Christians who believes that the OT has been superceded by the NT, and that perhaps it ought not to be included! (Or, if it is, marked ‘for historical interest only’)
    I would be very happy if more Christians, especially non-fundamentalists, were to come out against it.
    A leftist Christian friend of mine sent me an article years ago, about the disproportionate influence Judaism has had on American culture (including American Christianity.) Hence the Americans stressing reprisal and vengeance rather than forgiveness – for instance, in their support for the death penalty. Unfortunately, I can’t find the article now, or remember where it came from…

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