by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - Child Training Marathon Revisited and UpdatedEditor's note: The family ride from hell continues, with continued spanking of a toddler who's up late, tired, over-excited and out of control with his emotions. Why does it not occur to anyone in this family that stopping once to hold, comfort and meet the immediate needs of this toddler might be enough to turn off the tears and end the situation in a peaceful and loving manner? Why keep beating and keeping the child stirred up and in a state of high anxiety? … [Read more...]
by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - Child Training Marathon Revisited and UpdatedEditor's note: Is it ever right to call a child "Knuckle Head" even if they are as stubborn as a mule? In this bit Michael and Debi Pearl are in the home of a family that were having problems consistently applying the ideas of their child training manual "To Train Up A Child" You will notice that one of the pieces of advice is to 'switch' your child (translation: beat) for a bad attitude. … [Read more...]
by Suzanne TitkemeyerOne of the British newspapers, the Daily Mail, recently ran an article about a religious group in New Zealand that lives entirely by the New Testament in isolation from society. They call themselves "Gloriavale"Their version of Christianity seems to have more in common with some of the Fundamentalist Ladder Day Saints than most Fundamentalist Christian groups. One of the big distinctions that runs through Gloriavale and FLDS is that a group of 12 men, all church elders, decide who will marry who. No choice is given to the potential brides and grooms. Many times the matched are based mostly on how distantly related they are to avoid birth defects from inbreeding. … [Read more...]
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...]
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...]
by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - It's The Book's FaultEditor's note: Here Michael starts to point fingers back at the letter writer and diagnose her with various things like a 'legalistic spirit'. Nice try, blaming and shaming someone asking for clarification on your abusive child training methods (that is if the letter wasn't penned by Michael or Debi, which is unlikely.) Whenever I post Michael Pearl here I am reminded of a great blues classic song 'Sayin' Don't Make It So' This is going to be one of those multi part series so that you can count the inconsistencies uttered by Mr. Pearl. … [Read more...]
NLQ Question of the Week: Why Are Quiverfull Evangelicals so Quick to Physically Discipline Their Children?
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...]