World Leading Neurosurgeon Dismisses Anti-Smacking Law

Media Release 5 March 2012
Family First is welcoming comments made today by an internationally renowned neurosurgeon visiting the country rejecting the anti-smacking law and labeling it as part of a ‘politically correct bandwagon’.

Dr. Ben Carson, Director of Paediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, is in Auckland to raise funds for the Starship Foundation to help rebuild their Neuroservices and Medical Specialty Wards.

When asked about smacking and NZ’s anti-smacking law on Newstalk ZB this morning, he said

“I think (smacking) is very appropriate when they’re very young and cannot reason. A smack – and I’m talking a smack and not a beating – can be very appropriate for a child who’s trying to establish themselves as the authority and doesn’t recognise where the real authority lies and doesn’t have the mental capacity to engage in intelligent conversation. And I think it’s completely wrong for people to get on their politically correct bandwagon and saying ‘you may never smack a child and if you do that that’s child abuse’.”

“Dr Carson as a paediatric neurosurgeon can understand the difference between a smack and child abuse – as can almost 90% of NZ’ers. Dr Carson speaks common sense which is sadly lacking in Parliament, but his words will be appreciated by good kiwi parents who are doing their best to raise law abiding productive members of society in a non-abusive manner,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.



4 comments for “World Leading Neurosurgeon Dismisses Anti-Smacking Law

  1. 4 March 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Anti-smacking laws are typical humanist socialist censorship and regulation. They do nothing to stop domestic abuses by tyrannical adults who beat their wives and children, but make common decent people criminals for correctly bringing up their children, similar to a lot of like laws.

    The rampant Humanists hate the concept of self-determination, self-regulation and most importantly self-examination under God’s laws.

    It’s great to see someone of standing acknowledge biblical truth to, yet again, be correct. But then biblical truth has inherit within it a love for people and a common sense which is plain to all who seek wisdom.

  2. Paulene Murdoch
    5 March 2012 at 11:23 pm

    What a refreshing Christian is Dr Ben Carson. Long time since I heard such sense and commitment. May our politicians take note, but I bet they don’t!

  3. steve
    6 March 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Being PC is so yesterday. How about being truthful and using our common sense. Thanks Ben

  4. Sahron Abernethy
    6 March 2012 at 1:03 pm

    SO fantastic to hear Ben’s thought’s on this long standing issue. Smacking is not beating & the non smacking law certaily hasn’t stopped the abusers of children and woman from carrying on and beating them. As a parent of 7 children this non smacking law has made our job as parents a lot harder & also harder for the children whom don’t know the boundaries that they need to know for growing into loving positive and confident adults. This is not what God intended for us and the sooner we understand that the bible’s way is the only way, the better. It should be God’s way, not our way.

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