Monday, May 20, 2013

With more spanking would we have less delinquents and criminals?

I think we've all seen this:



It basically says that if you don't spank your kids the only other alternative is that they run hog wild! 

Spanking = good parenting and good kids = safe world. 
Not spanking = bad parenting and bad kids = crime!!

Right?


Either you spank...and raise good productive citizens...OR...if you don't spank...you raise brats who have no self control and could very well end up criminals!!!


Right?


I think we've all heard it, and, if you're someone who sees spanking as a valuable parenting tool...you believe it. And, because spanking does give immediate results, I understand why you believe that. I do. But, we have to remember that we're dealing with moral human beings...and just because we do something to them and they give us an "immediate" response...that doesn't tell us what's necessarily actually going on on the inside of them, does it? The only way to tell how spanking really affects kids is to look at the big picture. You have to look at how many in your society spank...and then look at society at large and see how the whole society is doing.


Well...there are people out there who like gathering data. I'm thankful for those people because I'm a person who likes seeing the data they collect...


Doing a search on countries and the % of their population that is incarcerated I found many websites with the same data. Below is a chart I found on one of those sites that has the data laid out quite nicely, I think, showing how many people per 100,000 of the population that are in jail...So, I copied/pasted it here...


And...I added a little detail to the chart...


I also did searches on countries in the world...in which using hitting/spanking/corporal punishment as a parenting tool...is banned and highlighted those countries in yellow.


According to the above graphic...the countries in the top spots for having the most % of their populations in jail are going to be countries in which spanking is banned! Because with more of "this" (spanking) there'd be less of "this" (delinquents/crime). Therefore, countries where spanking is banned...crime should be rampant.

According to a wide variety of sources I find...somewhere around 90% of US parents spank...


So, according to that graphic...the US should be pretty far down on the scale with crime rates well below the countries in which spanking is banned...because more spanking = less crime and if we have 90% of our population spanking...that's almost our whole society...

Here is what the information shows...


Rank
Country (or dependent territory)
Countries not in yellow = spanking is not banned
Yellow = country in which spanking is banned
Prisoners per
100,000
population
1
 United States of America
716
2
St. Kitts and Nevis
649
3
Seychelles
641
4
 Virgin Islands (USA)
539
5
 Rwanda
527
6
Georgia
514
7
Cuba
510
8
 Russian Federation
502
9
 Anguilla (United Kingdom)
480
10
Virgin Islands (United Kingdom)
460c
11
Belarus
438
12
El Salvador
425
13
 Bermuda (United Kingdom)
417
14
Azerbaijan
407
14
Belize
407
16
Grenada
402
17
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
389
18
 Antigua and Barbuda
387
19
 Cayman Islands (United Kingdom)
385
20
 Barbados
377
21
 Bahamas
371
22
 St. Maarten (Netherlands)
369
23
 Panama
366
24
 Dominica
356
25
 Palau
348
26
Greenland (Denmark)
340
27
 Thailand
337
28
 Ukraine
334
29
Iran
333
30
Curaçao (Netherlands)
331
31
Guam (USA)
328
32
 Kazakhstan
316
33
Costa Rica
314
33
Lithuania
314
33
 Swaziland
314c
36
 St. Lucia
313
37
 Maldives
311c
38
South Africa
310
39
Latvia 
304
40
 Puerto Rico (USA)
303
41
 French Guiana/Guyane (France)
297c
42
Chile
285
43
 Taiwan
282
44
 Mongolia
280
45
Uruguay 
279
46
 Botswana
267
47
 Brazil
260
47
 Guyana
260
49
Trinidad and Tobago
259
50
 Estonia
252
51
Cape Verde (Cabo Verde)
246
52
 Gibraltar (United Kingdom)
238
52
 United Arab Emirates
238
54
Singapore
237
55
Israel 
236
56
Colombia
235
57
Aruba (Netherlands)
228
58
 Samoa (formerly Western Samoa)
227
59
Turkmenistan
224
60
Poland
220
61
 Czech Republic
218
61
 Montenegro
218
63
 Martinique (France)
217
64
 Dominican Republic
210
65
Mexico
206
66
Slovakia
203
67
 Morocco
199
68
 American Samoa (USA)
198
68
 Tunisia
198
70
 Gabon
196
71
 New Zealand
194
72
 Namibia
191
72
 Suriname
191
74
 Peru
190
75
 Macau (China)
186
76
 Moldova (Republic of)
183
77
 Mauritius
182
78
 Kyrgyzstan
181
79
 Hungary
173
79
 Saudi Arabia
173
81
 Guernsey (United Kingdom)
172
82
 New Caledonia (France)
171
83
 Guadeloupe (France)
169
84
 Turkey
168
85
 Jersey (United Kingdom)
167
86
 Jamaica
163
87
 Reunion (France)
161
88
 Honduras
159
89
 Algeria
156
89
 Fiji
156
91
 Armenia
155
92
 Serbia
154
92
United Kingdom:  England &  Wales
154
94
 French Polynesia (France)
152
94
 Uzbekistan
152c
96
 Tonga
151
96
 United Kingdom: Scotland
151
98
 Spain
150
99
 Romania
149
99
 Venezuela
149
101
 Albania
148
102
 Bulgaria
146
103
 Argentina
145
104
 Northern Mariana Islands (USA)
142
105
 Nauru
139
106
 Malta
138
107
 Kuwait
137
108
 Bahrain
136
108
 Ethiopia
136
110
 Bhutan
135
111
 Hong Kong (China)
132
112
 Tajikistan
130
113
 Australia
129
114
 Isle of Man (United Kingdom)
127
114
 Portugal
127
114
 Vietnam
127
117
 Kenya
126
117
 Malaysia
126
117
 Zambia
126c
120
 Luxembourg
124
121
 Kiribati
122
121
Nicaragua
122c
123
China
121 or 170[2]
123
Zimbabwe
121c
125
Myanmar (formerly Burma)
120
125
Tuvalu
120
127
Cameroon
119
128
 Burundi
118
128
Lebanon
118
130
 Croatia
115
130
Iraq
115
132
Canada
114
133
Bolivia
112
133
Cyprus (Republic of)
112
133
Macedonia (former Yugoslav Republic of)
112
136
Greece
111
136
 Sao Tome e Principe
111
138
Philippines
110
139
Cook Islands (New Zealand)
109
139
 Italy
109
141
Lesotho
107
142
 Brunei Darussalam
105
143
 Austria
104
143
Cambodia
104
143
 Mayotte (France)
104
146
France
102
147
Angola
100
147
Belgium
100
147
 Sri Lanka
100
150
 Paraguay
97
151
 Uganda
96
151
 United Kingdom: Northern Ireland
96
153
 Ireland
95
154
 Jordan
95
154
 Madagascar
95
156
 Republic of Korea
92
157
 South Sudan
89c
158
 Guatemala
87
158
 Netherlands
87
160
 Ecuador
86
161
 Micronesia, Federated States of
85
162
 Tanzania
84
163
 Djibouti
83
163
 Germany 
83
165
 Egypt
80c
166
 Bosnia and Herzegovina: Federation
77
167
 Switzerland
76
168
 Benin
75
168
 Bosnia and Herzegovina: Republika Srpska
75
170
 Afghanistan
74
170
 Denmark (banned spanking in 1997)
74
170
 Malawi
74
173
 Andorra
73
173
 Norway (banned spanking in 1987)
73
173
 Vanuatu
73
176
 Haiti
72
177
 Sweden (banned spanking in 1979)
70
178
 Laos
69
178
 Mozambique
69
180
 Kosovo/Kosova
66c
181
 Marshall Islands
64
181
 Slovenia
64
183
 Oman
61
183
Togo
61
185
 Qatar
60c
186
 Finland (banned spanking in 1983)
59
187
 Indonesia
58
187
 Papua New Guinea
58
187
 Syria
58
190
 Senegal
57
191
Cote d'Ivoire
56
191
Gambia
56c
191
Sudan
56c
194
 Japan
55
195
 Ghana
54
196
 Libya
49
197
 Yemen
48
198
 Iceland 
47
198
Mauritania
47
198
Solomon Islands
47
201
Nepal
45c
202
Niger
43c
203
 Bangladesh
42
203
 Sierra Leone
42
205
 Chad
41
205
 Guinea Bissau
41
207
 Pakistan
40
208
 Liberia
39
208
 Republic of Guinea
39c
210
 Mali
36
211
 Monaco
34
212
 Congo (Brazzaville) 
33c
212
Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) 
33c
214
 Nigeria
31
215
 India
30
215
 Liechtenstein 
30
217
 Burkina Faso
28
218
Timor-Leste (formerly East Timor)
22
219
 Faeroe Islands (Denmark)
21
220
Central African Republic
19
220
 Comoros
19c
221
 San Marino
3[3]

The first time one of the non-spanking countries even appears on the chart is #30...with a rate of 331 incarcerated people per 100,000 of the population. That is less than half of the # of people the 90% spanking USA has in jail. Less than half.


And, one interesting and noteworthy country in this list...for Christians to take notice of...is Israel...Israel is the country full of the people who are direct descendants of the people who wrote the Bible who would best comprehend the cultural and social things and history in the Bible. In Israel...they don't use "English" Bibles...transliterated (as in not translated...transliterated) NIV's written on an American 8th grade reading level. No. They still use some of the Bible's original languages and still use the Old Testament. 

The country that has the best ability to comprehend the meaning of the Old Testament verses of "the Biblical rod"...has spanking banned...

So, you have a choice. You can continue to choose to believe something...that's not true. Or you can choose to change. You spank your kids for continuing to do the same wrong thing over and over? Even after, "I told you not to do that! You know better!" they do it again and you punish them for that, right? So, what are you going to do now that you know better?

According to the chart the worlds where kids were never spanked...
that world is 50% less crime ridden than the USA...
What are you afraid of?




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