Churches oppose corporal punishment of children

Ekklesia reports that churches around the world are speaking out against spanking and other forms of physical punishment of children. Often justified by misuse of the Bible corporal punishment of children is seen as causing long term permanent emotional and mental damage.

Outdated language used to justify corporal punishment of children is set to be removed from new translations of the Bible in Norway.

Church leaders have given the green light to the proposal, put forward by the Norwegian Ombudsman for Children, to replace the word “chastisement” with more appropriate language reflecting its original and intended meaning.

Ombudsman Reidar Hjermann found that children subjected to physical harm, who had contacted his office, believed violence may be authorised by the Bible.

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