By Laura Finley
Laura Finley
Laura Finley

A newly released study conducted by the World Health Organization verified that approximately one-third of the world’s women will be victims of domestic violence during their lifetime, and 40 percent of homicides in which the victim is a female are the result of domestic violence. In 2006, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan called domestic violence the most shameful and pervasive human rights violation occurring across the globe.

 It should be clear, then, that this is a serious issues affecting millions of women (and some men) worldwide. Why is it, then, that I am still reading garbage like that being promoted by the followers of Christian Domestic Discipline (CCD)? These religious zealots are spreading the notion that spanking a wife is appropriate if it disciplines her to be submissive, women’s supposed god-given role.

The “Beginner’s Packet” describes the intent of domestic discipline: to provide the “Head of Household,” the male, the “necessary measures to achieve a healthy relationship dynamic; the necessary measure to create a healthy home environmental and the necessary measures to protect all members of the family from dangerous or detrimental outcomes by punishing the contributing, and thus unwanted, behaviors for the greater good of the family.”  The Packet even goes so far as to describe which implements one should use so as to ensure the right amount of “sting.”

It is sickening that anyone, and according to reports in the Daily Beast and Huffington Post, an increasing number of people, really believes that beating their partner is a way to ensure a healthy relationship.  It is this type of controlling behavior that is the very root of abusive relationships. Further, what this teaches young people about gender roles and the expectations for men and women is only likely to exacerbate the issue, which Dr. Margaret Chan, head of the WHO referred to as "a global health problem of epidemic proportions.”

To each his or her own religion, to be sure. But it is hard to imagine that Jesus, the Prince of Peace, would have supported demeaning and abusing your partner.

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Laura Finley, Ph.D., teaches in the Barry University Department of Sociology & Criminology in the Miami, FL area,  and is syndicated by PeaceVoice. Submitted by  Tom H. Hastings, Ed.D.

Director, PeaceVoice Program, Oregon Peace Institute