You Can’t Beat a Mother’s Love


Attorney General Jeff Landry recently voiced an interest in the case of Schaquana Spears, the Baton Rouge woman charged with cruelty to juveniles after allegedly beating her three sons with either a belt or an RCA cord. She’s not sure which. She just grabbed the first thing she could get her hands on because — for some strange reason — the kids were running away from her.

Landry said, “I am grateful for my loving mother who did not spare the rod to teach this valuable lesson.”

The thought of Landry being beaten by his loving mother brings a tear to my eye. Unfortunately for Spears’ children, what she did brought a tear to their skin and even drew a little blood. What loving mother wouldn’t do the same?

Meanwhile, state Treasurer John Kennedy — who, by the way, if you haven’t heard, is running for the U.S. Senate — said Spears should not have been arrested for disciplining her children with corporal punishment.


All good Christians know the Bible says, “Spare the rod and spoil the child.” Except that it doesn’t.

That line comes from a satirical poem by Samuel Butler called Hudibras, which actually mocks religion. The epic tells the story of Sir Hudibras, a knight errant who is described dramatically and with thickly applied praise to the point of absurdity, all while the conceited and arrogant person beneath is visible.

All good Christians know the Bible says, “Spare the rod and spoil the child.” Except that it doesn’t.

He is praised for his knowledge of logic, despite appearing stupid throughout. However, it is mainly his religious fervor that is attacked.

Any possibility Butler may have had the likes of Kennedy and Landry in mind — each of whom, upon smelling an opportunity for good press, stuck their noses into a matter best left to those who are charged with protecting children — and not a crazed mother who in a fit of rage beat her children with the first thing she could get her hands on?

Those who would look to the Bible on how best to discipline their children should follow Deuteronomy 21:18­-21, which addresses the issue of “a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey his father and mother.” So, what to do? What to do? Well, according to the Good Book, “Then all the men of his town are to stone him to death.”

There are some bleeding-heart liberals who might think that’s a bit severe, but it’s in the Bible, so it must be the right thing to do. Plus, it reduces recidivism. You can be pretty sure that kid won’t disobey again.

Hundreds of studies document that physical punishment is associated with verbal and physical aggression; delinquent, antisocial, and criminal behavior; poorer quality of parent­-child relationships; impaired mental health; and later abuse of one’s own spouse and children.

So it is no surprise that a couple of politicians who don’t believe in climate change or evolution wouldn’t take the word of professional child psychologists that it really isn’t a good idea to beat your children, even if done by a loving mother.RedShtick-Top-ColumnStop


About Tom Curran

Tom Curran is a recently transplanted Rhode Island Yankee who has chosen to live out his twilight years aggravating and annoying as many folks as possible. He is grateful to The Red Shtick for offering him a means to that end.

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