Historian Jennifer Michael Hecht is perhaps one of the best demonstrations of the usefulness of history in counteracting erroneous beliefs about the world, past and present.
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Much ado over ‘dolly house’ flogging
In the widespread hullabaloo triggered by the flogging of a 12-year-old child I am indeed heartened by the fact that the vast majority of comments, unlike those expressed by our highbrow professionals of one calling or the other, fully support the action taken by her distraught mother.
And in case I forget or run out of space in this column I would implore Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar not to take God out of her thoughts and ban corporal punishment at home, even though this has not been promised by the Government, as some commentators have presumed.
Without bothering to repeat the facts surrounding the issue—they already having been fully ventilated by the media—my take on this incident is very simple: Trinbagonians are overwhelmingly in support of capital punishment and the right to flog their children, particularly in the sanctity of their home. When I say flog I do not for one moment mean to brutalise their charges. No. No.