Maybe I'm in the minority, but equating spanking a child as a form of discipline, with beating them, is like comparing kissing someone with fornication. I advocate spanking children in moderation in certain circumstances, as I've seen too many bratty kids allowed to get away with murder because their parents don't discipline them. One kid at our Hall a few years ago hauled off and kicked me in the leg as hard as she could, because she wanted her mommy's attention and I was taking it away from her. Seeing as the mother wasn't about to do anything, I spanked the kid twice on the bum, and said sternly "don't you EVER kick me again." And guess what? She didn't.
On the other hand, I feel sorry for little kids at the Hall that get spanked because they can't sit perfectly still for two hours. This is utter nonsense and I agree that they need to have a Sunday School for kids, just to make it interesting for them.
There was this one creepy brother who was a lunatic when it came to disciplining his kids. One day, he'd let them laugh and talk and run all over the Hall and not do anything, but then at the very next meeting, he'd smack them (hard) on the head, if they so much as turned their head. We found out after that he and his brain-dead wife were beating all their children so we (foolishly) told the elders thinking they would do something about it. Seeing as they just preferred to ignore it, my one friend and me phoned Social Services on them and eventually the kids were taken away and adopted into a loving "worldly" home.
The elders were furious with us but we denied having anything to do it. Seeing as there wasn't "two witnesses" to the telelphone call we made, there's nothing they could do about it.