Forsa Wants SA Parents To Retain Right And Freedom To Spank Kids


Forsa (Freedom of Religion SA) wants South African parents to reserve the right and freedom to spank their children and is calling on the public to fight for religious and parental freedom in the country.

Joshua Generation Church known for their promotion of corporal punishment in homes has powered-up their campaign for the right to spank children with Forsa; a non-profit and non-denominational Christian organisation arguing that the church’s agitation is in line with biblical instructions.

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Among other bible portions cited, Forsa’s argument highlights that taking away the freedom to spank naughty children is like giving an official permission to the kids to be mischievous.

“A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool’s back.” Forsa will readily quote Proverbs 26:3 – the favorite bible verse that supports their campaign.

It was in January that SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) got hold of the church’s ‘Raising Children Transformation Through Truth’ manual  which advocated corporal punishment.

SAHRC said the content of the instruction handbook violated the constitution and thus, recommended that the church make a written agreement and pledge to stop advocating corporal punishment. 

Forsa nonetheless insisted on keeping alive the campaign stating that they’ve consulted legal and psychological experts to put forward detailed research before the Parliament in support of retaining parent’s right to spank misbehaving children.

“Forsa encourages you to stand with us in protecting parental, and religious, freedom by giving us your mandate to speak on your behalf to Parliament…

While there is no bill as of yet, all indications are that the proposed amendments to the Children’s Act will make it a crime for parents to spank their children…” stated the Christian organisation.

Commenting, SAHRC spokesperson Isaac Mangena said the commission will stand by its convictions on the issue. “Corporal punishment in the home is wrong,” Mangena said.

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