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Emotive language about smacking

17 May 2013


From the Revd Dr Stephen Brian

Sir, - You report the Dean of Brecon ( News, 3 May) as saying in his sermon: "For some reason it is illegal for me to hit my 37-year-old daughter when she does something to upset me, but it is perfectly legal for her to hit her two-year-old son."

Is the Dean really suggesting that there is no difference between, say, punching his adult daughter in the face, and administering a mild smack on the back of a hand to a two-year-old? Perhaps we should also condemn the "stabbing" of children by adults with sharp implements (i.e. vaccination) - surely an even more violent and invasive act.

On the other hand, it might be more sensible to cease caricaturing and demolishing the arguments of those with whom we disagree by talk of "hitting", and engage in a more rational discussion.

The Rectory, Church Lane
Earl Soham
Suffolk IP13 7SD

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