Answer to my Critics: My Childhood Opened My Eyes

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by Joe Sands cross posted from his blog Incongruous Circumspection Editor's note: Some translations here. Billy Boy G is Bill Gothard, Swine Beads are Michael and Debi Pearl and Ezzo-kimos are followers of Gary Ezzo. Trigger warnings for descriptions of child abuse.Recently, I was accused of only speaking out against Billy Boy G. and his patriarchal ilk because I have a vendetta against my life as a child.  While I do not disagree that half of my childhood was pure torture, I vehemently disagree with that accusation.Here's a summing up of my childhood: … [Read more...]

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Quoting Quiverfull: Part 20 – Homeschoolers Embracing The World?

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by Michael Pearl of No Greater Joy - Jumping Ship Part 4Editor's note: While the importance of play is well-established in almost all child development advice it's almost a shocker to see Pearl advocating it too considering some of the things he's said in his book "To Train Up A Child" More cognitive dissonance mixed with hypocrisy. The scary thing about this series is not only does he completely contradict many things he's said, it's that some of his advice is actually reasonable and could lure any newcomers to his parenting guides into thinking he always has good advice. Lured in until it's too late.Plus, it's not like he's really talking about providing entertainment to children, … [Read more...]

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Quoting Quiverfull: A Child’s Questions Are Always Rebellion?

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by Michael Pearl in 1995 from the first issue of No Greater Joy Magazine - Why? But Why?Editor's note: It's pretty sick that the mere question of a child is considered a deficit of character. Some kids are just going to ask why or ask about different things and it has nothing to do with anything remotely like rebellion. I remember that my youngest asked me lots of questions, many that I was forced to answer that I didn't know what the answer was, but I would find out. I always thought that her ability to always turn to me to ask questions was a healthy thing, not a rebellion. There's nothing evil in a child wanting to know things, it's a sign of a healthy lively growing intellect. Please … [Read more...]

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Quoting Quiverfull Part 4 – Michael Pearl Answers Critics of “To Train Up A Child”

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by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - It's The Book's FaultEditor's note: Another laundry list of bad attitudes or thought crimes that Michael claims makes his book not work right. Impossible standards. Emotional control. … [Read more...]

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Quoting Quiverfull Part 3 – Michael Pearl Answers Critics of “To Train Up A Child”

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by Michael Pearl of No Greater Joy - It's The Book's FaultEditor's note: Even more calling out his critic and laying the blame for the failure of his methods with her. … [Read more...]

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Quoting Quiverfull: Part 3 – Dogs, Cats And Kids Are All Selfish?

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by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - Dogs, Cats and KidsEditor's note: This seems a pretty extreme and cruel way to teach your child to share their toys with others. But this is Michael Pearl we're talking about. And a cat vest that shocks a dog he calls "Useless"? Beyond cruel. Emergency Kittens for everyone~ … [Read more...]

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Quoting Quiverfull: Part 2 – Dogs, Cats and Kids Are All Selfish?

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by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - Dogs, Cats and KidsEditor's note: He lets his dog eat cats?!? So not only does he make his animals compete for food he also approves of them harming each other. Can someone please explain to me again why anyone listens to his child rearing advice? Sick. … [Read more...]

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NLQ Question of the Week: Why Are Quiverfull Evangelicals so Quick to Physically Discipline Their Children?

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This is a new series we’re going to start running on Thursday evening posts. Examining some of the questions involving long held Quiverfull theology and life. As I'm sure all of you have seen by now there have been protests, looting and rioting in the city of Baltimore over the death of a young man named Freddie Gray in police custody. One of the stories that has emerged from this tragic situation is that of mother Toya Graham. News cameras caught her slapping, yelling and dragging her 16 year old son Michael away from the violent protests on Monday night. The question of if she was right or wrong to use physical discipline to remove her son from the protest isn't really up for debate here, … [Read more...]

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Quoting Quiverfull: Apply the Rod or Your Child Ends Up in Prison?

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by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - In Defense of Biblical ChastisementEditor's note: Michael seems to think that those that do not get beaten by the plumbing line end up in jail. The problem of criminal actions and behaviors is not as simplistic as he thinks it is. … [Read more...]

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Quoting Quiverfull: The Bible Makes Child Training Perfect?

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by Michael Pearl of No Greater Joy in part ten of his new foreword for his book “To Train Up A Child” – Attack on Traditional Child TrainingEditor's note: Thankfully this is the last part of Michael's new foreword for his book. The bad news is that this is only part one of two. Expect to see part two up sometime in May. If Mr. Pearl is so interested in Biblical child training how could he miss the part that talks about the father not frustrating the child? … [Read more...]

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