while we're on the topic of domestic violence, let me raise the issue of the proposed referendum on child discipline. i'm sure you'll all be familiar with it, but if not, the details are here.
a group of organisations that work with children have banded together to advocate a yes vote on the referendum. they include barnardos, plunket, save the children and unicef. the website advocating the "yes vote" can be found here.
i haven't yet decided how i'll vote on the referendum. the strongest part of me wants to boycott it, because i think the question is mischievous and wrongly framed. on the other hand, i'd also like to send a message that i support the modifications to s59 of the crimes act - in fact would have been happy for them to go further. and a yes vote seems to be the only way to send that message.
nonetheless, i've written a piece on child discipline from an islamic perspective for the website, which you can find here*. i won't reproduce it here, as i'd like to increase traffic to their site. however, they have comments turned off, so feel free to comment at the hand mirror. i hate to have to say it, but given my last post, let me state clearly that i won't be tolerating any islamophobic comments but am happy to engage in respectful debate.
*many thanx to my friend dave moskovitz for giving me the opportunity.