"You know the world has gone upside-down when Russian law interferes with the rights of families, in ways that even liberal New York judges wouldn’t dream of doing."
Spank a stranger’s kid, and you get a fine. Spank your own kid, and you can spend up to two years in jail.
This is now the law in Russia.
According to Article 116 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, good, old-fashioned, traditional family discipline has suddenly been declared a crime.
Obviously, having your child beaten by a stranger is better than having them disciplined by a parent. Does Russia’s leadership actually think this new law makes sense? Or is it just a desperate attempt to live up to the stupidity of Western Europe?
We expect this sort of nonsense in the West. In Denmark, Austria, and New Zealand, corporal punishment is against the law. Germany has criminalized the distribution of books which advocate spanking. And Sweden has even criminalized giving “time outs”, and sending children to their rooms. God forbid that you take away your kids’ cell phones; that might be a violation of their rights! Decades of this nonsense has resulted in nations full of brats.
Are these the sorts of results Russia is hoping for?
Is this really the path they want to start walking?
Putin’s Russia is now meddling with parents in draconian ways, while New York—an American state so liberal that it elected Hillary Clinton to the Senate—has much more respect for parental responsibilities. You know the world has gone upside-down when Russian law interferes with the rights of families, in ways that even liberal New York judges wouldn’t dream of doing.
Even Patriarch Kirill seems to be at odds with Putin on this score. The Patriarchal Commission for the Family recently released their report,condemning the new law in Russia.
For all their claims of wanting to remain free from the corruption of the West, it is mind-boggling to consider how low the Russian Duma has stooped, endangering the well-being of families with this new law. Perhaps Russia wants to join the EU after all?
Parents have a responsibility to discipline and train their own children, and the government has no right to usurp their parental authority. Hopefully, someone will take these lawmakers to the woodshed, and give THEM the spanking they deserve.
Children need to be raised by their mothers and fathers. Not by the government.