NLQ Question of the Week: Why Are Children ‘Born Evil’?

This is a series we run every Thursday. The questions are things that people who may not know much about the Quiverfull movement or even Fundamentalist or Evangelical Christianity ask about the lifestyle. Examining some of the questions involving long held Quiverfull theology and life can only shine a light on the toxic nature of this lifestyle choice.Anyone who has followed much of the writings of Debi and Michael Pearl along with many other Quiverfull child training self-proclaimed experts will notice one thing they all believe - that children are born inherently sinful and evil. Tiny manipulators in baby clothing. Even people like Zsuzsanna Anderson and her recent posts on the … [Read more...]

Shackled Girl: Part 15 – Competency Hearing Ordered For Nine Year Old Witness

by PropinquaEditor’s note: All of the officials involved in the Ciboro case deserve respect and support for tackling a well-nigh impossible job. Still, it’s hard to figure out why a nine-year-old witness is having a competency hearing, when the adult defendants have not been required to undergo a psychological evaluation. Yes, we know, those are two very different things, but isn’t there a barbaric imbalance here? … [Read more...]

Shackled Girl: Part 13 – Will Alleged Rapist Question Child Victim in Court?

by PropinquaEditor’s note: Toledo media, why don’t you ask about the limbo in which the three children from the Ciboro household are stuck, and the potential trauma they face in court? The legal shenanigans of the Ciboro men do not bode well for a speedy, orderly trial. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 2 – Do Not Make Spanking a Last Resort?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - Spank as a Last ResortEditor's note: I will agree that asking questions after misbehavior is certainly necessary, but this idea that children are to be viewed as lazy little sin machines is just vile. Jesus himself spoke of the innocence and purity of little children. Hitting a child to correct behavior only teaches them that violence is the way to resolve differences and that the stronger party will win every time. Is that really something that a child should learn? … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 1 – Do Not Make Spanking a Last Resort?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - Spank as a Last ResortEditor's note: This piece was written in the wake of several deaths of children who were abused, neglected and disciplined to death. In each home a copy of Michael Pearl's 'To Train Up A Child' was found with law enforcement saying that the discipline outlined in the book may have played a part in the deaths of Hana Grace Williams and Lydia Shatz. These deaths brought unwanted public media attention to the abusive methods of the Pearls. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Beat All That Foolishness Out?

by Debi Pearl from No Greater Joy - Unbinding FoolishnessEditor's note: This bit has it all, beating children if they act in ways you consider foolish, fat shaming, and hurting your child on purpose to make them stop 'showing off'. In other words any time your child acts age-appropriately normal or human you should be them while saying 'I will show you what hurt feels like.' Does that not just reek with the love and mercy of Christ? … [Read more...]

Questioning the Pearls – How Can I Instill a Sense of Self Worth in My Verbally Abused Child?

For well over a year we’ve been running a second Answering ‘Preparing To Be A Help Meet’ on Sundays, filled with questions by young ladies trying to get ready for marriage. Since we’ve run through many of the questions on their site it’s time to shift Sundays to something else, like perhaps examining the cornucopia of probably fake emails and questions that Michael and Debi Pearl of No Greater Joy post on their website and the possibly poisonous answers they give. … [Read more...]

Questioning the Pearls: Are You Teaching Child Abuse?

For well over a year we’ve been running a second Answering ‘Preparing To Be A Help Meet’ on Sundays, filled with questions by young ladies trying to get ready for marriage. Since we’ve run through many of the questions on their site it’s time to shift Sundays to something else, like perhaps examining the cornucopia of probably fake emails and questions that Michael and Debi Pearl of No Greater Joy post on their website and the possibly poisonous answers they give. … [Read more...]

Introduction: Is Justice Delayed Justice At All For Carol Ann Cole?

by Suzanne TitkemeyerIn the last three years or so both NLQ and NLQ SASBN member Bruce Gerencser have written about the disappearance of Carol Ann Cole, her eventual identification as the Louisiana murder victim known only as Bossier Doe and the possible links between Carol Ann and troubled teen home New Bethany. … [Read more...]

Questioning the Pearls: What Kinds of Spanking Rods to Use?

For well over a year we’ve been running a second Answering ‘Preparing To Be A Help Meet’ on Sundays, filled with questions by young ladies trying to get ready for marriage. Since we’ve run through many of the questions on their site it’s time to shift Sundays to something else, like perhaps examining the cornucopia of probably fake emails and questions that Michael and Debi Pearl of No Greater Joy post on their website and the possibly poisonous answers they give. … [Read more...]