Quoting Quiverfull: Part 4 – Michael Pearl Defending His Strawman?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy – Spank and Save a Child Editor’s note: Really, Michael? You’re making assertions again without any legitimate evidence cited? No studies named? No links to studies, just the names of a few children’s psychologists who said things about how spanking isn’t that bad? If this is how you’re going to defend yourself in that rumored law suit you’re going to have a hard time winning. (more…) Read more

Part 2 – Emotional Self Regulation: Adventures in Ambiguity

by Cindy Kunsman cross posted from her blog Under Much Grace In the previous post, we explored the problem created by the black and white thinking that was forced upon us in a high demand religious group. This is especially difficult if we grew up in an ideological group, because we likely didn’t see anyone model moderation or another way of thinking. We end up adopting the strategy that if one thing is bad and unsafe, it’s extreme opposite is… Read more

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 3 – Michael Pearl Defending His Strawman?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy – Spank and Save a Child Editor’s note: Now Mr. Pearl starts seriously unpacking his usual strawmen of ‘you’re not hitting right,’ ‘you’re hitting in anger,’ ‘we can teach you to hit right’ and lastly ‘hitting statistics in prisoners are meaningless’. Nice try Michael, but this is the same rehashing you always do. Just because you keep repeating things doesn’t mean that people will believe what you are saying. (more…) Read more

Part 1 – Black and White Thinking After Exiting: Adventures in Ambiguity

by Cindy Kunsman cross posted from her blog Under Much Grace I spent much time studying chemistry, thinking about the Bohr Model of the Atom, and I was so fascinated by the periodic table.  I suppose that along with math, it seemed like one of the few consistent things in my life.  Language could be misinterpreted, but chemistry presented a fixed, definitive type of truth.  And I lacked that in my life. How can something be true and untrue at… Read more

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 2 – Michael Pearl Defending His Strawman?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy – Spank and Save a Child Editor’s note: This story of the screaming psychologist that slaps her children is one that pops up from time to time in Pearl’s rhetoric whenever he has to point out that someone is spanking wrong or hitting the wrong way. Is there ever really a correct way to hit others? Studies seem to indicate that if you use any physical violence on your children you are teaching… Read more

News: Duggars Hide Flight Plans for Their Airplane

One of the more curious pieces of news on TLC’s Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar family is the recent change to their publicly available flight information. In the last few days the Flight Aware flight plan page for the newer Duggar-owned plane – the 2004 SR22 with the FAA registry number N68SY – has gone completely private. Looks like Jim Bob finally ponied up the extra dollars to make all the flight plans for the plane unavailable to anyone with… Read more

Bonding and Bondage in Abusive Relationships

by Virginia Knowles cross posted from her blog Watch the Shepherd In case you’re wondering why you can’t “just get over it” from a painfully abusive or damaging or destructive relationship: Trauma bonding makes any relationship harder to end, harder to heal, harder to find freedom from through forgiveness, than the loss of a true love. The neural pathways burned into a brain in trauma bonding are laid down in powerful fear/anxiety hormonal rushes leaving even comparatively good memories with… Read more

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 1 – Michael Pearl Defending His Strawman?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy – Spank and Save a Child Editor’s note: Michael manages to beat all his favorite dead horses in this: television, public school, liberals, global warming, environmentalists, animal rights people, gays, communists and fascists. Sometimes he manages to come across like some strange isolationist who has time-traveled back from the early 1950s to warn about the ‘Red Scare’. Since he loves to claim that his critics misquote him we like to quote every single… Read more

NLQ Question of the Week: Why Do They Think They Literally Own Their Children?

This is a new series we have started running on Thursdays. Examining some of the questions involving long held Quiverfull theology and life. So many times in the writings of Michael Pearl, Nancy Campbell and many others in both Evangelicalism and Quiverfull there are references made to parents literally owning their children in much the same way as you might own a car or a kitchen appliance. Why do you think it is that they reduce their children to physical… Read more

Quoting Quiverfull: Anti-Spanking Parents Are Anti-Family?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy – Spank and Save a Child (written and published in 2010 when the Pearls were heavily in the media over the deaths of children by parents that followed the advice in their book ‘To Train Up A Child’) Editor’s note: No, Michael, people that do not spank their children and who send those children to public schools are not automatically ‘Socialists’ It’s not a ‘mind control scheme’ or any attempt to further a… Read more

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