2/26 Update on the Schatz case: http://www.paradisepost.com/news/ci_14469888
Salon Magazine’s article “Godly Discipline Turned Deadly” portrayed the Christian response to Lydia Schatz’s death at the hands of her parents as “whispered fury.” There’s actually been plenty of that prior to this tragedy, but on any issue, it often takes a terrible tragedy to illustrate the linkage and push people to raise their voices and speak to the community at large.
Christian and homeschooling leaders need to use this moment to condemn the discipline recommendations of Michael and Debi Pearl and make it clear that the Pearls do not have the cover and blessing of organizations other than their own.
when the tide recedes and all that garbage is metaphorically lying on the beach for all to see, which side of this issue will you be on? – “Update on Lydia Schatz and Why This is Not About Spanking“
I haven’t been too good about listing articles that others have written on this issue, so here’s a start at it:
WORLD Magazine (conservative, evangelical news magazine) – To Brainwash a Parent
Home Education Magazine: Editor Mark Hegener Bring Back the Boycott!
Roscommon Acres blog: The Pearls, Abuse and a False Gospel
Sorta Crunchy: When Extremists are Extreme
Just Another Clay Pot: Christian Brainwashing
Rutledge Family: Author of Liberian Adoption: Preparing for Your Child’s Homecoming expresses her heartbreak and wishes she knew what to do to ensure this will never happen again.
Spunky Homeschool Blog: “Senseless Deception”
Virginia Knowles, homeschooling parent of 10, conference speaker, distributes a magazine for homeschoolers: Child Discipline or Child Abuse? No Greater Tragedy
Karen Campbell, homeschooling parent, homeschoolers’ conference speaker, mother and grandmother, distributes a podcast for Christian homeschoolers: Child Abuse in the Name of Jesus (Karen’s blog and podcast often tackle the subjects of patriarchy run amok and spiritual abuse.) Also: Why Spanking is not the Issue
Wanna Walk Along blog: A grandmother tells her readers about the tragedy and denounces the Pearls.
Clara Teaches blog: Clara’s not pulling her punches…
The HomeSpun Life & Homeschooling Ministry “Fundamental Discipline”
Sparrow’s Nest blog – homeschooler who had the Pearls’ books on her shelf because she agreed with some of what was in the book: I am Burning All Books by the Pearls, and I Encourage You to, too.
Meg Mosely‘s blog – Christian & veteran homeschooler: No Greater Sorrow: the Pearls’ Legacy
Happy as Kings, a homeschooling parent: On the Death of Lydia Schatz
Miazagora’s Homeschool Minutes: Michael and Debi Pearl Books and Child Abuse
Emotional Abuse and Your Faith: Lydia, The Child the Pearls Laugh At
The Cappacino Life: The Pearls: Sadly it Has Come to This
Rebecca’s Ramblings: This Made Me Cry Today
Mama Says: 7 Quick Takes, Vol. 9
The Watchman’s Bagpipes (Glenn Chatfield): To Train Up a Child, Follow Up
Theologica: (Rey Reynoso) To Train Up a Child: An Examination
Honorable mention to Christians who spoke up before this tragedy:
2003: Christian Research Institute (a conservative evangelical organization): Christians on the Edge: The Authoritarianism and Isolationism Amongst Us.
2006: Ann Voskamp of A Holy Experience, who explains how the Pearl material appealed to her, but how she was unable to walk the balance between showing no mercy (that the material required) and showing mercy (the the material recommended.) It also talks about the false promise of perfection.
2006: Spunky Homeschool: A Switch or a Cross (A must read critique of the Pearl’s material from a conservative Christian.)
2004: Hermana Linda – a growing compendium of arguments and links addressing the Pearls
If you have a platform, use it. And then send her the link, or a summary of the event or the publication details. You don’t need to be a convinced anti-spanker to speak out on this issue. The Pearls’ recommendations go far, far, far beyond normal in the spanking department.