Ken has this advertisement on his blog.
Note “diaper bag” is circled.
My guess is whoever did this linked the two, with the implication that someone would use a rod on a baby.
(Clearly, that’s not going to be “reasonable in the circumstances”. Wait, doesn’t that mean it was already against the law all these Christians were campaigning to keep? )
This advertisement is aimed however, at the sort of large christian families that would have both babies and 8 year olds.
But, by taking the advertisement out of its context, it helps Ken make the case that christians are ignoramuses who simply quote a couple of bible verses then turn and beat the crap out of their kids.
You did notice no less than 5 books & tapes listed discussing discipline, didn’t you?
These series are typically written by experienced, highly successful parents. The studies Ken prefers are only too often created by people who have an agenda to conflate child abuse with discipline, and who only see children when they come into their office for “professional evaluation”.
Come to think of it, in spite of writing dozens of posts I don’t think I’ve ever quoted scripture to justify physical discipline, preferring to point to logic and common sense (why exactly ban something that is by definition reasonable?) as well as scientific results produced from studies that separate discipline from abuse.
A better explanation for christians being so opposed to the anti-smacking agenda might be in stronger family strucutre. New Christian parents tend to look to their own parents for advice, and thus have the same successful methods passed down from generation to generation. Non-christians tend to be less family orientated and rely more on the moving target that is “professional” secular advice.
Like I said in the title, cultures within cultures.