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BOSTON (CBS/AP) — The highest court in Massachusetts has ruled that the state child welfare agency acted legally when it denied a couple’s application to become foster parents because they spanked their children. Gregory and Melanie Magazu of Fitchburg said they use corporal punishment on their biological children in accordance with their Christian faith, but would not spank any foster children. A lawyer for the state said many foster children are traumatized, and seeing another child spanked could further traumatize them.
“There are so many unknowns as to what that child has experienced that it’s not appropriate in a home in which you’re putting a foster child,” assistant Attorney General Annapurna Balakrishna told the court in September.
The Magazus said the Department of Children and Families’s decision was “arbitrary and capricious,” and infringes on their constitutional religious rights. The Supreme Judicial Court’s decision Monday said the Magazus’ rights are outweighed by the department’s interest in protecting foster children.
So let me get this straight. DCF will just keep feeding some slugpump like Kim Malpass foster children, despite the fact that she’s living with an ex-con in government housing, with five other kids under the same roof. But they won’t give it to this obviously stable and loving family because they give their own kids light spankings? Yea, that makes TONS of sense!!!
I assumed when I saw the headline that he was trying to spank the foster kids. I agree, that would be a little bit weird. But they’re only spanking their own kids, so what’s the problem? I understand these foster children have been through a lot and they’ve seen some shit before. I get all that. But at the end of the day, it doesn’t appear that foster parents are lining up to take these kids if the state keeps dumping children off with the likes of Kim Malpass.
I mean, just look at this family:
Those people love each other. They wanna take in foster kids because they wanna make the world a better place and give the most at risk children a normal upbringing. But for some reason we can’t let them do that because they’ve spanked their own kids before. Another logical decision by a bunch of wussified Massachusetts judges.
Meanwhile, this is the same city (Fitchburg) where DCF allowed Jeremiah Oliver to live with his crackhead mother before her boyfriend murdered him two years ago.
If I were these parents I would’ve left the religious stuff out of it. Once you start talking about the biblical reasoning for spanking your kid, you start looking like a weirdo. At least to your average Massachusetts justice. You spank your kid because they’re being assholes and you don’t want them to grow up to be bigger assholes. You spank out of love, not because the bible tells you to. That shit might work with the Supreme Judicial Court of Arkansas, but odds are it ain’t gonna fly with a bunch of Mike Dukakis appointed justices in Massachusetts. Even if that is your reasoning, just don’t say that at the court hearing or else this will be the result.
I hate how spanking has become this terrible thing now. Look, Turtleboy is not a big fan of corporal punishment. What Adrian Peterson did to his own kid was wrong, but that’s because he hit him with a Goddamn switch. But what the hell is a spanking? You’re literally hitting the softest part of the human body with an open hand. It’s nothing. The message gets sent and the shitty behavior is deterred. Mission accomplished.
P.S. I’m anxious to see if we get a hot take from Joe Social Worker about this one.
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