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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The nation's largest Presbyterian denomination says it's wrong to spank children.
Delegates to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) narrowly passed a resolution calling for "an end to the practice of corporal punishment in homes, schools and child care facilities."
Fifty-one percent of the church leaders meeting in Pittsburgh voted for the measure, while 47 percent opposed it.
Several speakers argued that it improperly intruded on parental prerogatives.
But a woman supporting the measure cited Jesus's love for children and said, "Let's love them, not hit them."
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