Wednesday, October 08, 2003

It is the State's business

Circling Apollo is pretty pissed off about my pointing out the company he's keeping with his "none of the State's business" line. Wife-beaters hid behind that defence for years, and it's not surprising that those who view violence against children as acceptable are hiding behind it too.

Let's be clear: it is the State's business. Children are people, and the State has as compelling an interest in protecting them from violence as it does adults. Even if the violence is coming from their parents. Parenthood is no more of an excuse for child-beating as marriage is for spousal abuse. It's as simple as that.