What Color is that Light?

Regarding her new study that found children are more optimistic, volunteer more and get better grades who remember being spanked when they were younger, Marjorie Gunnoe was quoted in this month’s Christianity Today saying “This in no way should be through of as a green light for spanking. This is a red light for people who want to legally limit how parents choose to discipline their children.” Imagine someone distancing themselves from, say, reading to their children if it was found to produce the same results: “This in no way should encourage parents to read to their kids. It simply means the state should not outlaw it.” Phew! I thought I felt some dogmatism coming on.

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