Completely unrelated to atheism, but certainly connected to rationality... this just popped up over on the Fayetteville Free Thinkers forum.
A judge in Texas... isn't it always in Texas?... has ordered at least one parent in his family courtroom to spank their child.
In the case in question, a man was told to spank his step-daughter with a paddle he described as "large and heavy and fashioned from a thick piece of lumber", or else he would be forced to pay a 500.00 fine.
"When he was through, the judge told him he had not struck the girl hard enough."
Don't we have dozens of studies that show that corporal punishment, at best, has no effect on shaping long-term behavior?
At the worst, it can have horrific long term consequences. It increases antisocial behavior, serves as a model for dealing with conflict, erodes trust between the parent and child, and may lead to depression.
Most worrisome, physical punishment may adversely effect cognitive development.
We have a JUDGE ordering this practice?? I am speechless.