I tend to agree with them. The way they do flogging in Singapore and the like is a little crazy.
And it's really an entirely different animal than spanking.
But you knew that.
Still, if the people voted for flogging as an alternative to, say, a year in prison, I'd have no moral issue with it.
(Sh76 replied to Wolfgang59.)
I already have written about typical American hysteria or hypocrisy over caning in Singapore.
First of all, the practice of caning was introduced by the British during their colonial rule,
when no Westerners (as far as I know) had any objection to it being applied.
Singapore inherited that practice as well as many other British colonial practices.
Second, Michael Fay was 18 years old (legally an adult) when he received four strokes.
At the same time, a 16 year old Hong Kong Chinese lad received more strokes for a lesser offense.
I don't recall any American objection to caning him. Indeed, the real American objection is
'How dare Singapore apply its laws to a white American--who surely should be
privileged above them--in a similar, albeit even lesser, way that it applies it to Asians!'
Evidently, white Americans (like Sh76) seriously object to non-whites applying
corporal punishment to whites, while they tend to lack such objections to it being
applied toward non-whites (who may be presumed to be less fragile or evolved
enough in capacity for experiencing pain).