Friday, January 19, 2007

California Legislation to Outlaw Spanking Children Under 4

Here is an important news item that came up yesterday. Sally Lieber (D- Mountain View) is crafting a bill in California that would make it against the law to spank any child under the age of 4. Governor Schwarzenegger has expressed his interest in supporting such a measure saying that he never has spanked his children. Many people think that it should be illegal to spank children as a means of teaching or training.

Child training from a biblical point of view requires spanking for purposes of correction (Prov. 13:24, Prov. 22:15, Prov. 23:13).

Assemblywoman Lieber represents the 22nd Assembly district, so if you live there please call in and express your opinion on this idea. Cities in her district include: Santa Clara, Mountain View, Santa Clara, San Jose, and Sunnyvale. Please be polite when calling in. Let your legislator know how you feel about this issue and ask her not to propose such legislation.

If you do not live in in Lieber's district you can still take action. Call your legislators and ask them to vote against this legislation if it ever comes up. You can find out who your legislators are here. Remember that your legislators represent YOU. They want to hear what you have to say. They know that each call or letter they get on a subject represents about 1,000 others who hold the same view so contact your legislator.

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