Sean Hannity never lacks for opportunities to put his foot in his mouth on television. On his show last week, he actually took his belt off and hit his desk to show how his father punished him, and apparently to show how parents should discipline their children. That display came in response to the outrage over Adrian Peterson beating his children, and while Hannity supposedly believes Peterson went too far, his actions on TV show otherwise.
For those who might not be aware, Adrian Peterson beat his four-year old son with a switch, which is a stick. Peterson hit him so hard and so many times with the switch that he left visible injuries all over his son’s body. That’s abuse, no matter how you slice it. It is never okay to leave marks on your child, whether or not you agree with corporal punishment.
Hannity, however, seems to believe that not only is hitting perfectly fine, but whipping your children with a belt is perfectly fine, too, as is leaving marks and welts. He insisted that he was a troubled child who deserved the belt, and also said he didn’t want to see Peterson get a felony charge or lose his job because he disciplined his own child. Hannity thinks Peterson deserves to go to parenting classes, and that’s it.
According to a psychologist that Hannity had on his panel, research shows that hitting your children doesn’t work. That’s why we have a growing movement against even spanking children. All it does is teach your children to fear you when they’ve done something wrong. They need to fear the consequences of their actions, like losing privileges and getting grounded, or having extra chores to do for a month. Some could argue that spanking is a consequence, but it doesn’t teach them to understand that actions have consequences. They should never fear that their parents will physically hurt them when they’ve done something wrong.
Considering the fact that Peterson’s son had welts all over his body, including in his genital area, this was not just corporal punishment. Peterson beat him, to where he needed medical attention. That is not okay in any way, shape or form, no matter what Hannity thinks. If he understood the problem, he wouldn’t have insisted that he turned out just fine while beating his desk up with his own belt.
Towards the end, Hannity lamented:
“[Peterson] went too far, but don’t put this guy in jail, don’t ruin his career, give him Robi Ludwig classes.”
One has to wonder what Hannity would say if this were any old joe off the street, and not a famous NFL player. Then again, given his belief in corporal punishment, he might have had the same reaction.
h/t Addicting Info