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Spanking Bad Kids Shouldn't be a Crime

Barbara Reynolds | 6/27/2012, 3:07 p.m.

If only I could load up a bunch of bad kids across the nation and bus them to Pastor Creflo Dollar's church in Atlanta for a good old fashion smack down, I would certainly do it.

From his pulpit on Sunday, June 10 shortly after being arrested and jailed for allegedly beating his 15-year-old daughter, the mega-church pastor denied intentionally hurting her adding: "I should have never been arrested."

Dollar was arrested after his 15-year-old daughter called 911 at about 1 a.m. Friday, June 8 and told a Fayette County sheriff's deputy that she and her father argued when he said she couldn't go to a party. A police report says the girl told a deputy her father charged at her, put his hands around her throat, began to punch her and started hitting her with his shoe. The deputy noted a scratch on her neck.

The pastor countered that the scratch on her neck was actually a 10 year-old mark from a skin condition called eczema. He denied punching her but did admit "the conversation over her going out became emotional and things escalated from there."

Let's just say that that the truth lies somewhere between the police report and the pastor's view of what happened and that he smacked or spanked or jerked his daughter around to keep her from what could have been a bigger threat. If all that happened was a smack-down, I unashamedly agree he should not have been arrested.

I have attended his church in Atlanta, watch his TV broadcast daily and as a fan I did not like his being arrested and paraded in the media in an orange prison jump suit on misdemeanor charges stemming from disciplining his daughter.

When you think of all the trouble that can happen to a young girl out after midnight, the pastor should be applauded for trying to stop her from defying his rules instead of being treated like a criminal. What if his daughter had wound up in trouble? Imagine the headlines on Father's Day blasting Dollar, the father of five children, as an unfit dad as a moral leader with millions of followers who can't keep his own daughter in check.

Too many kids these days do not respect nor fear us as parents. Situations like the arrest of Dollar only reinforce beliefs among the young that parents will be punished for disciplining them much harsher than they ever will be for misbehaving.

I'm not saying all kids deserve a smack-down, but it shouldn't be ruled out either as a last resort. Some parents can enforce order simply by taking away privileges. That might not work, however, for the hardcore knuckleheads, who curse their parents, hang-out in the streets late at night and walk around disgustingly with their pants hanging down showing their underwear or the girls wearing tattoos on low hanging breasts.

Smack-downs at home might prevent them from getting in the kind of trouble that would warrant more serious beat downs from police or prison guards later on.