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Monday, January 3


Jesus H Christ On Toast

Digby at Hullabaloo takes down Dr.James Dobson, the guiding hand of the GOP (Doctor? Of what, exactly? Well, as it turns out, Dr. Dobson holds a Ph.D. in Child Development from the University of Southern California. However he has no theological training whatsoever, is not a medical doctor or pediatrician, and his religious views are personal.) Digby reprints this interview with the good doctor on the subject of corporal punishment of children:

"Q:There is some controversy over whether a parent should spank with his or her hand or with some other object, such as a belt or paddle. What do you recommend?

A:I recommend a neutral object of some type. To those who disagree on this point, I'd encourage them to do what seems right. It is not a critical issue to me. The reason I suggest a switch or paddle is because the hand should be seen as an object of love -- to hold, hug, pat, and caress. However, if you're used to suddenly disciplining with the hand, your child may not know when she's about to be swatted and can develop a pattern of flinching when you make an unexpected move. This is not a problem if you take the time to use a neutral object.

Q:On what part of the body would you administer a spanking?

A:It should be confined to the buttocks area, where permanent damage is very unlikely.

Q:It just seems barbaric to cause pain to a defenseless child. Tell me why you think it is healthy to spank him or her.

A:Corporal punishment, when used lovingly and properly, is beneficial to a child because it is in harmony with nature itself.Consider the purpose of minor pain in a child's life and how he learns from it. Suppose 2-year-old Peter pulls on a tablecloth and with it comes a vase of roses that cracks him between the eyes. From this pain, he learns that it is dangerous to pull on the tablecloth unless he knows what sits on it. When he touches a hot stove, he quickly learns that heat must be respected. The same lesson is learned when he pulls the doggy's tail and promptly gets a neat row of teeth marks across the back of his hand, or when he climbs out of his high chair when Mom isn't looking and discovers all about gravity.

During the childhood years, he typically accumulates minor bumps, bruises, scratches, and burns, each one teaching him about life's boundaries. Do these experiences make him a violent person? No! The pain associated with these events teaches him to avoid making the same mistakes again. God created this mechanism as a valuable vehicle for instruction.

When a parent administers a reasonable spanking in response to willful disobedience, a similar nonverbal message is being given to the child...I recall my good friends Art and Ginger Shingler, who had four beautiful children whom I loved. One of them went through a testy period where he was just "asking for it." The conflict came to a head in a restaurant, when the boy continued doing everything he could to be bratty. Finally, Art took him to the parking lot for an overdue spanking. A woman passerby observed the event and became irate. She chided the father for "abusing" his son and said she intended to call the police. With that, the child stopped crying and said to his father, "What's wrong with that woman, Dad?" He understood the discipline even if his rescuer did not.

Q:How long do you think a child should be allowed to cry after being spanked? Is there a limit?

A:Yes, I believe there should be a limit. As long as the tears represent a genuine release of emotion, they should be permitted to fall. But crying quickly changes from inner sobbing to an expression of protest aimed at punishing the enemy. Real crying usually lasts two minutes or less but may continue for five. After that point, the child is merely complaining, and the change can be recognized in the tone and intensity of his voice. I would require him to stop the protest crying, usually by offering him a little more of whatever caused the original tears."

What humanity, what christian virtue, what a complete and utter hypocritical bastard. "Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy." (The Beatitudes,Verse 7). I guess that's not in his Bible.

And this is the nutter that George Bush, Chimperor of All Amurika, meets regularly with in the White House and chooses to give him advice on child, education and reproductive rights issues. His hold on the GOP has now gone so far that he feeels strong enough to issue threats to those who oppose his ideas and those of his buddy George;
"Dobson, a child psychologist and the founder of the evangelical organization Focus on the Family, promises "a battle of enormous proportions from sea to shining sea" if President Bush fails to appoint "strict constructionist" jurists or if Democrats filibuster to block conservative nominees. Dobson recalled the conservative efforts that helped in the November defeat of Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D., S.D.), who led Democrats in using the filibuster to block 10 of Bush's judicial nominees. "Let his colleagues beware," Dobson warned, "especially those representing 'red' states. Many of them will be in the bull's-eye the next time they seek reelection."

No wonder the US is fucked.

UPDATE: via the commenters at americablog:

Time to challenge Dobson?

From the IRS website:

Political Campaign Activity
"Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. Contributions to political campaign funds or public statements of position (verbal or written) made on behalf of the organization in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for public office clearly violate the prohibition against political campaign activity. Violation of this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise tax."

Colorado Springs Office

Internal Revenue Service2864 S. Circle Dr.Colorado Springs, CO 80906 Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.(719) 579-5227
Mike in Texas Email Homepage 01.01.05 - 12:04 pm #

I run a local non-profit501(c)3 and we avoid any political involvement - and living is San Francisco that's a task easier said than done. The IRS allows a a certain amount of grass roots 'voter education' involvement, but it can't involve more than 10% of your income, and MUST be declared on your tax return.

Upon written or oral request, a non-profit must submit copies of the exempt organization's exemption application and its three most recently filed annual information returns to anyone who asks for them.

An exemption application includes the Form 1023 (for organizations recognized exempt under § 501(c)(3)), Form 1024 (for organizations recognized exempt under most other paragraphs of § 501(c)), or the letter submitted under the paragraphs for which no form is prescribed, together with supporting documents and any letter or document issued by the IRS concerning the application.

So everyone should bombard the questionable non-profits with requests for these documents. It's legal and they can get into serious trouble if they don't cooperate. Plus they can only charge 'reasonable' rates for copying the information. Currently, that amount is $1.00 for the first page and .15 for each subsequent page. An organization may require payment before it provides copies, but must advise requesters of the total cost of the copies requested if adequate payment is not included with the request.
Josh Norton Email Homepage 01.01.05 - 12:20 pm #



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