Quoting Quiverfull: Michael Pearl Thinks Political Correctness Is Killing Child Abuse Disguised As Dicipline?

Quoting Quiverfull: Michael Pearl Thinks Political Correctness Is Killing Child Abuse Disguised As Dicipline? August 31, 2015

quotingquiverfullby Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy magazine – Two-Front War on Christians

Editor’s note: Skipped large parts of this article because it’s Michael Pearl attacking Hillary Clinton, the Supreme Court and marriage equality mixed with quoting all the self-professed Evangelical Republican presidential candidates to prove Pearl’s points. Focusing on the part where Michael bemoans that people consider corporal punishment as a parenting tactic that has gone the way of the dinosaurs. Funny how he tries to link the falling out of favor of his book with a liberal agenda and the loss of Biblical standards nationwide.

Michael Pearl’s brand is now considered poison because of his book playing a role in the deaths of several children in recent years. I’m reminded of the scene in AMC’s drama ‘Mad Men’ when Roger Sterling’s former girlfriend cannot sell any product from the dog food brand her father built because of the public perception that the dog food was made from horse meat (it was). Roger and others at Sterling-Cooper tell her that to overcome the problems with the brand she must rename it. I suspect eventually as more and more people recognize how poisoned the Pearl brand is that they will either have to rebrand or go under. I’m counting on the ‘going under’ because I doubt Michael Pearl would ever do anything as ego-crushing as rename and rebrand his pride and joy.

Listening to a news panel discuss what they called “corporal punishment,” I heard one child behaviorist say with an incredulous laugh, “What discussion? Where are the voices advocating for corporal punishment? Hitting children has gone the way of slavery and child labor. It is a thing of the past.” He could boldly dismiss this traditional and universal child rearing tool because, though 90% of all U.S. parents still employ some form of corporal chastisement, church leaders have been silenced by the ridicule of social planners. Today’s timidity is tomorrow’s captivity.

Just the other day one of our distributors challenged a large, well-known ministry to resume their distribution of our Bible story book Good and Evil. The president of the organization said, “It is a great evangelistic tool, and I would love to use it, but in the back it advertises two books that are very controversial—To Train Up a Child and Created to Be His Help Meet.” Pastors and leaders who once taught the exact messages found in these books are not mentioning them anymore lest they offend believers who are no longer comfortable with this part of God’s Word. Church leaders are being intimidated by the media, but it is the sentiment of fellow believers that paralyzes them into silence.

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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  • Nea

    The problem, Mikey, is not that people are moving away from the bible as much as people are seeing the fruit of your extra-biblical tree. Runaways. Resentment. Multiple murders.

    And the same social media you use to spread your toxic message is full of other messages from people who can use critical thought when approaching the entire bible as Mikey so famously and self-professedly could not and so stuck to cherry picking. WORSE, social media has given voice to those he would leave voiceless, people who can explain in graphic personal detail athe huge gap between Mikey’s promises and actual reality.

    How, one wonders, will Debi spin her “be a doormat” teaching in a world watching Anna Duggar with sympathy and revulsion at the idea she must sacrifice herself further?

    PS: I would love to know more unspun details about the distributor v the “well-known ministry. I doubt the Pearls have a separate distributor, whose job would be selling, not “challenging.” But I can certainly see Mikey or one of his fans picking up the phone to scream at someone for not continuing to make the kind of large orders Mikey needs to soothe his insecurities and keep him from a future filled with cat food and cabbage again.

  • SAO

    There are effective ways to discipline and raise children without resorting to corporal punishment. If you outlaw spanking, then hopefully parents will learn, not merely do what their parents did.

  • Saraquill

    Fewer dead children is a good thing, as are fewer adults too scared to choose their own dinner.

  • Astrin Ymris

    Translation: “Help! My livelihood is at stake! Not only am I losing free advertising space and tacit endorsement in the fundgelical publishing world, but my long-term marketability is being undermined by the increased spread of evidence-based child-rearing methods!”

  • Don’t let the door hit you where your Lord split you, Mikey.

  • persephone

    The Duggars are imploding, and I’m waiting for the eventual explosion of some of the kids breaking away and out.

    I hope at least some of the Pearl and Campbell kids and/or grandkids will also eventually escape the sinking ships.

  • BondGurl7

    Why do these people always quote the verse about “spare the rod, spoil the child,” but neglect the verse about “fathers, do not exasperate your children”??

  • Antoinette Herrera

    Shorter Michael Pearl: How dare church leaders and pastors abandon the Godly teaching that children are a father’s property, always in need of beatings and breakings of spirit, lest the little hellspawn rebel?!

  • Aimee Shulman

    Even shorter Michael Pearl: How dare anyone listen to or take advice from someone other than ME, the only person in the world who knows ANYTHING?

  • Antoinette Herrera

    Touché! You win the Internet!

  • Joy

    Because they use the verses that support them, and ignore the ones that don’t.