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Good news for Good Friday: More progress toward the abolition of state-sponsored violence

Posted By Rob Schofield On April 6, 2012 @ 8:18 am In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

[1]On the day of remembrance of the most infamous state-sponsored execution in human history, there are more and more encouraging indications that our country is making progress in the age-old effort to bring about the demise of government-overseen violence.

Yesterday, the Connecticut state senate voted to abolish the death penalty [2] in the Constitution State. The House and Governor are expected to follow suit in the near future and thereby make it the fifth state in as many years to take such a step.

Meanwhile, here in North Carolina, where advocates continue to make painstaking progress in a similar effort, there was a good news on a related front this week.

According to this report in Raleigh’s News & Observer [3], the State Board of Education is looking to take additional action to ban the the use of the long-discredited and increasingly unpopular practice of child beating (aka “corporal punishment”) in the public schools. As this excellent column by veteran child advocate Tom Vitaglione [4] made clear on the main Policy Watch site recently, this is an obvious and long overdue step.

The bottom line: Maybe, despite all of our obvious shortcomings, humans are finally starting to learn/remember that one of the best ways to end violence toward human beings is to get government out of the business.

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[2] the Connecticut state senate voted to abolish the death penalty: http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/05/justice/connecticut-death-penalty-vote/index.html?hpt=hp_bn1

[3] this report in Raleigh’s News & Observer: http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/04/06/1983558/state-board-to-take-stand-on-spanking.html

[4] this excellent column by veteran child advocate Tom Vitaglione: http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/2012/03/27/hitting-students-while-the-state-board-of-education-looks-the-other-way/

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