Michael Pearl Offends Readers With ‘The Shaft’?

Michael Pearl Offends Readers With ‘The Shaft’? April 30, 2019

It’s one of those six times a year that the Pearls publish their No Greater Joy magazine and we’re treated to the very bad ideas contained inside. Remember last issue and the story titled ‘The Shaft’, written by a priggish teen age boy that could not stop imaging the thigh gap under a girl’s skirt in  youth group?

Apparently a group of concerned mothers have written and approached Mike in person to protest that the letter was too descriptive and raunchy. Now they have to cancel their No Greater Joy magazine subscriptions because they cannot expose their pure boys to the unmitigated filth conjured up by Shaft Boy.

So hard to believe that anyone was so offended by that they cannot allow their teens to read about it, a real problem for the boy who wrote in. Instead of Michael suggesting that it might be something their child could use help knowing it’s normal and how to handle it he goes off the deep end of claiming porn is literally everywhere.

When I was 13 years old, if I’d had the opportunity to view pornography I would have done so, and then gone back for more and more. And I was the most spiritually minded, good Christian boy I knew.

Oh, the humblebrag! Saved from porn merely because it did not exist around Michael as a kid. It did exist then, you just had to be much craftier and determined to access it.

In our community, one of the Amish boys got a cell phone and started looking at porn. He shared it freely with the other guys and it created a pandemic that swept through the community. When it was discovered and the parents confiscated his cell phone, he bought another. When they impounded that phone, he went to Walmart and bought ten phones so he would always have a backup. He was now an addict and needed the porn on a daily basis. Some of the families moved away to get their boys out of the circle of influence, but the evil was now within and they couldn’t outrun it.

I just have one question for Michael about his ‘Amish boy’ story. Where, pray tell, is he charging his phone and accessing the internet in a community without a large electrical grid? I know the Amish sometimes have phones and electricity in the barn or outbuildings, but this story is likely as fake as much of the letters the Pearls claim to get.

Michael has told so many wild tales about porn through the years, including one where he claims that someone was pinning up pages from porn magazines in the woods just to pollute his children’s minds.


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Suzanne Titkemeyer went from a childhood in Louisiana to a life lived in the shadow of Washington D.C. For many years she worked in the field of social work, from national licensure to working hands on in a children's residential treatment center. Suzanne has been involved with helping the plights of women and children' in religious bondage. She is a ordained Stephen's Minister with many years of counseling experience. Now she's retired to be a full time beach bum in Tamarindo, Costa Rica with the monkeys and iguanas. She is also a thalassophile. She also left behind years in a Quiverfull church and loves to chronicle the worst abuses of that particular theology. She has been happily married to her best friend for the last 32 years. You can read more about the author here.

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