Corporal Punishment and Religion
It is impossible to discuss the morality of corporal punishment on children without addressing the religious beliefs that perpetuate it.
I do not spank my child. Never have. It is unnecessary, abusive and counterproductive to raising a respectful child. How do I know this? I know this because in addition to being a Humanist, I am also an animal trainer. And no reputable animal trainer hits their animals. Why? Because it not only doesn’t work, it strengthens the behavior you don’t want!
If something doesn’t work then there is no good reason to do it. People might persist out of ignorance or superstition, but they aren’t doing it because it works. In the case of hitting and harming a child, because there is no good reason to do it, it’s considered abusive. The only reason that can be given to justify it is a religious one.