"...spanking has become a crime in Delaware punishable by imprisonment"

Delaware became the first state in the in the nation to effectively outlaw corporal discipline of children by their parents… the legislation creates a definition of the term “physical injury” in the child abuse and neglect laws to include “pain.”

Under the new law, a parent causing “physical injury” (e.g., pain) to a child under age 18 would be guilty of a class A misdemeanor and subject to one year in prison. A parent causing pain to a child who was 3 years of age or younger would be guilty of a class G felony and subject to two years in prison.

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JGreen's picture

I wonder how many Delaware preachers will use Acts 5:29 as their text this Sunday.

Chip Van Emmerik's picture

JGreen wrote:

I wonder how many Delaware preachers will use Acts 5:29 as their text this Sunday.

I wonder how many Delaware preachers will send copies of their sermons to the state legislature. I would.

Why is it that my voice always seems to be loudest when I am saying the dumbest things?

James K's picture

Delaware doesn't like parents who love their children.  Progressives and clueless christians everywhere cheer.

1 Kings 8:60 - so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the LORD is God and that there is no other.

Susan R's picture


The problem with making 'pain' the criteria is that if a parent is restraining a child from something potentially harmful, they could, in fact, inflict pain and cause minor injury. It isn't just about spanking. Holding a child's arm to keep them from running in a parking lot can leave finger bruises. 

Susan R's picture


speak to corporal punishment specifically, but includes pain under the definition of physical injury-

(j) “Physical injury” to a child shall mean any impairment of physical condition or pain.

Corporal punishment would fall under the category of inflicting pain. Ergo.