World Leading Neurosurgeon Dismisses Anti-Smacking Law


5 March 2012

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World Leading Neurosurgeon Dismisses Anti-Smacking Law

Family First is welcoming comments made today by an internationally renowned neurosurgeon visiting the country rejecting the anti-smacking law and labeling it as part of a ‘politically correct bandwagon’.


Dr. Ben Carson, Director of Paediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, is in Auckland to raise funds for the Starship Foundation to help rebuild their Neuroservices and Medical Specialty Wards.


When asked about smacking and NZ’s anti-smacking law on Newstalk ZB this morning, he said


“I think (smacking) is very appropriate when they’re very young and cannot reason. A smack – and I’m talking a smack and not a beating – can be very appropriate for a child who’s trying to establish themselves as the authority and doesn’t recognise where the real authority lies and doesn’t have the mental capacity to engage in intelligent conversation. And I think it’s completely wrong for people to get on their politically correct bandwagon and saying ‘you may never smack a child and if you do that that’s child abuse’.”


“Dr Carson as a paediatric neurosurgeon can understand the difference between a smack and child abuse – as can almost 90% of NZ’ers. Dr Carson speaks common sense which is sadly lacking in Parliament, but his words will be appreciated by good kiwi parents who are doing their best to raise law abiding productive members of society in a non-abusive manner,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.



For More Information and Media Interviews, contact Family First:

Bob McCoskrie – National Director

Mob. 027 55 555 42


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One thought on “World Leading Neurosurgeon Dismisses Anti-Smacking Law

  1. For those in the United States who have never heard the term “Anti Smacking Law”, it is what we term as a spanking (corporal punishment) for discipline which we understand to be against the law in New Zealand and working its way to other countries. We believe that children that are abused have to be protected but what is most destructive to any society is to take an extreme view by removing all reference to biblical discipline which upholds law, order and consequences with healthy boundaries. Proper and effective discipline was originated by God who understood the inner workings of man more than we do. He knows which type of discipline works best for children and yet we still try to imagine we know better than our creator. “Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hand? Isaiah 45:9

    A fear of abuse can be taken to such extremes that other forms of abuse can take place. Good willed parents who love their children will care enough to set healthy boundaries for them while they are young which includes loving, caring use of biblical discipline. When these parents are arrested for loving their children enough to want them to be good citizens and godly individuals, this is an abuse of judicial power. The results of undisciplined children many times produce angry, abusive adults who disrespect authority and the elderly.
    Let us trust God that He knew what He was talking about when He designed His children. Let us fear (reverance) Him more than man.

    “He that spareth his rod hateth his son; But he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes” Proverbs 13:24.
    “The rod and reproof give wisdom; But a child left to himself causeth shame to his mother. When the wicked are increased, transgression increaseth; But the righteous shall look upon their fall.” Proverbs 29 15-16

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