Michael Pearl Is Not Original

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Michael Pearl's To Train Up a Child is not original, not in the least. It's actually a rehashing of ideas that had been floating around in evangelicalism and fundamentalism for literally hundreds of years. Let me offer a few excerpts from various evangelical or fundamentalist sources to illustrate what I'm talking about.First, have a look at what Susanna Wesley wrote in 1732: When turned a year old (and some before), they were taught to fear the rod, and to cry softly; by which means they … [Read more...]

Protecting Children from Sexual Abuse Gets in the Way, Says WORLD Magazine’s Andrée Seu Peterson

Andre Seu

Evangelicals have a child sexual abuse problem, but some of them don't seem to want to admit that---or to take the necessary steps to fix the problem. Take Andrée Seu Peterson, for instance, a columnist for WORLD magazine. She recently wrote a column titled "Protecting the Children in the Church---from Us." It seems that Andrée is more concerned about herself---and her ability to walk into the bathroom with the children when she walks them for a potty break during Sunday school---than she is ab … [Read more...]

The Twisted Evil

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I write a lot here on the blog about Debi Pearl's Created To Be His Help Meet and Michael Pearl's To Train Up A Child. I think it's important to remember that there are people who wholeheartedly believe and follow both books. This isn't some abstract thing. For these individuals and families, this is real life. And the things the Pearls say---things that are, I might add, actually quite widespread in fundamentalist Christian circles far beyond the Pearls themselves---shape the directions of p … [Read more...]

Lesbians, Satan, Hitler: Debi Pearl Responds To Criticism

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I don't know how I missed this short post on the No Greater Joy website a year ago, but I did. I guess I shouldn't be surprised I missed it because I don't read everything posted on the site, and for some reason Why Not To Train A Child only just picked it up today. Anyway, here you go:A Call To StandBy Debi PearlHitler’s propagandists used one of Satan’s choice tools to pull off the biggest crime toward mankind in the history of the world. They used a lie. They taught that if you … [Read more...]

Patrick Henry College’s Faith & Reason Lecture: Rape, Domestic Violence, and Child Abuse Denialism

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[Trigger warning for rape, assault, and sexual harassment denialism]This past Friday, Stephen Baskerville delivered Patrick Henry College's annual (and mandatory) Faith & Reason lecture (you can read the full text here). Baskerville has been a professor of government at Patrick Henry College since 2007. Patrick Henry College, as you may remember if you are a regular reader, was founded by Michael Farris (founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association). Farris' desire was to educate a … [Read more...]

World Magazine Minimizes the Twelve Tribes’ Abuse

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I grew up on World Magazine. It's evangelical and conservative, but it really was fairly moderate compared to much of the other things I was exposed to. When the video of brutal caning of children came out and even Michael Farris admitted that what was going on in the Twelve Tribes sect in Germany was abuse, I fully expected World Magazine to jump solidly on the "we don't condone this, this is abuse" bandwagon. And then . . . they didn't.Let's first review what we have on video, what we know … [Read more...]

HSLDA, American Homeschooling, and the Twelve Tribes

Twelve Tribes

For anyone interested in the international influence of Christian Right and the Christian homeschool movement, the recent revelations of child abuse in the Twelve Tribes sect, or German policy toward homeschooling, all of which I touched on slightly in an article earlier this week, I have a real treat for you. Ryan Stollar has produced a gem of journalism connecting the dots and digging up links and information from the past decade or so. He has titled his piece "How American Homeschoolers … [Read more...]


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