So, what do you do when you go back and you re-read a post and you realize that you missed the point of what you were trying to say and that it rippled out onto the people who read it? That’s what happened when I put together that post about spanking. I had a point, but I lost the thread of it and started lashing out.
I’m sorry. I got mad when I was looking stuff up and that came through in my post.
One of the things that made me so angry was that, while looking up articles on the effectiveness of spanking, I came across several forum posts asking for ways to make spanking children more painful so that it would “stick” better. The responses to these included ways to make it more painful by using an object to hit children and ways to make it more shameful by including friends and neighbors in the punishment, all while warning that parents should be “careful not to leave marks” because then “self-righteous” people would take their children away.
It left me angry. It left me feeling ill. As most of these posts were by people espousing Christianity, it left me lashing out at all associations with people who would abuse their children in this way, including religion.
I don’t think I’m wrong about spanking, but I do think that I was wrong about the way that I snarked at all people who spank as abusive, and I do think I was very wrong for taking my frustrations at the subject on Christianity and the Bible.
I was wrong and I’m sorry.