Quoting Quiverfull: Another Michael Pearl Small Survey Sample Pro Spanking?

Quoting Quiverfull: Another Michael Pearl Small Survey Sample Pro Spanking? April 9, 2015

quotingquiverfullby Michael Pearl of No Greater Joy in part seven of his new foreword for his book “To Train Up A Child” – Attack on Traditional Child Training

Editor’s note: I believe that Michael is referring to his appearance on the Anderson Cooper show on CNN about three years ago. Video of his appearance here, here and here This was in the aftermath of the deaths of Hana Grace Williams and Lydia Shatz, both disciplined to death by their families using Mr. Pearl’s methods. Both homes had well worn copies of “To Train Up A Child” yet Michael denies his teachings had anything to do with their deaths. Michael went all the day to NYC to appear on the show of someone he would consider a ‘sodomite’ to defend his book and methods.

On a flight to New York City to appear on TV, the woman I sat next to on the plane said she had spanked her children. The taxi driver said he had “whollopped” the kids when it was needed, and they were all in college now or successful in business. The director of the show said she was spanked and spanked her kids as needed. The make-up ladies and the back-stage hands were all sympathetic with my position. Only the host of the show and his selected audience thought “all studies confirm that hitting children will cause them to be violent . . . .” He had no children, thank God. His husband could not conceive, for obvious reasons. And his star witness, a child psychologist, said that parents “cannot be trusted to exercise corporal punishment” because they are so angry and out of control, indicating that was the reason she could not trust herself to spank.

QUOTING QUIVERFULL is a regular feature of NLQ – we present the actual words of noted Quiverfull leaders, cultural enforcers and those that seek to keep women submitted to men and ask our readers: What do you think? Agree? Disagree? This is the place to state your opinion. Please, let’s keep it respectful – but at the same time, we encourage readers to examine the ideas of Quiverfull and Spiritual Abuse honestly and thoughtfully.

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  • Baby_Raptor

    He had no children, thank God. His husband could not conceive, for obvious reasons.

    Infertility is connected to refusing to abuse your kids? Citation desperately needed.

  • Joy

    I suspect he meant that Anderson Cooper and Anderson’s husband could not conceive because they are two men married to each other. At least that’s how I read it.

  • Baby_Raptor

    …You’re right. I wasn’t reading it the way anti-gay, anti-trans bigot wrote it.

  • BlueVibe

    That just makes this comment even weirder. I mean, even if they had been in favor of beating their children senseless, they couldn’t conceive.

  • ShaLaLa

    My parents not only never hit me, they didn’t punish either (though they did do an excellent job of parenting and guiding), and now I’m a social justice advocate pursuing a PhD in neuroscience. I’m game for a round of anecdotal “evidence” if that’s what Pearl wants :]

    But seriously, the fact that there exist people who have experienced physical punishment (and I note that none of the people he talked to said they followed Pearlian style “child training” practices) who have also gone on to live successful lives doesn’t make hitting a child any less wrong.

    If my only concern were the efficacy of spanking, then sure, I would be up for debating the merits or disadvantages of this kind of spanking versus that kind versus whatever other methods (I mean, he would still be wrong, and I would still have no trouble finding studies that show that spanking is ineffective at best, but I would be open to hearing what he has to say).

    That’s not my only concern though, or even my primary concern. Hitting a child is wrong. Period. And no, doing it calmly and without anger does NOT make it okay.

  • teaisbetterthanthis

    Yes, asking people if they *spank* their kids — with no context — means you’ll get more answers that prove your point. And, really, who’s going to argue with a man who resembles a mean grandfather and who strongly implies that he has no problem beating on *anyone*, regardless of the context?