I’m an agnostic. I haven’t much use for institutionalized religion, particularly for Fundamentalist rhetoric. I do have respect for those who try to live their lives in the manner of Jesus. (Good guy, activist Jesus who got himself killed trying to do the right thing, not Republican Jesus, Lord and Savior of the Tea Party.) I would say that Good Guy Jesus would not approve of beating a child this way.
One of my major problems with “Christianity” as many churches teach it is that it is not at all “Christ-like.” Rigidity, judgmentalness, and abuse of those considered “property” are not something I want to align myself with.