I have posted about the beating death of the little Liberian girl Lydia Schatz at the hands of her adoptive parents, and the beating-unto-intensive care of her Liberian older sister Zariah. [Chico Enterprise-Record Feb 10: Paradise Parents Face Murder, Torture Charges,
The parents whipped their children used 1/4 inch plumbing supply line — an odd choice, the DA thought, until he discovered that this is recommended by parenting materials put out by a Tennessee couple, Michael and Debi Pearl, and that the Schatzes owned their materials. [Chico Enterprise-Record Feb12 DA Links Fundamentalist “Training” to Paradise Girl’s Death]
So, as I indicated in the title of this post, Michael Pearl has responded to critics.
Don’t give up half-way through, read it to the end.
His closing zinger:
Even my chickens are laughing . . . well, actually it more like cackling, because they just laid another organic egg for my breakfast and they know that it was that same piece of ¼ inch plastic supply line that trained the dogs not to eat chicken….
I’m not kidding. That’s an apparently genuine response posted on the ministry’s blog.
Fortunately this response is proving not to be acceptable to some people who previously liked the Pearls’ material or were at least comfortable with it in a “to each his own” sort of way.
Example: The Pearls: Sadly, It Has Come to This
Example: Forum post, Well-Trained Mind Forum
Example: Forum post #39, Well-Trained Mind Forum
Example: Forum post #40, Well-Trained Mind Forum
Example: Forum post #86, Well-Trained Mind Forum
Example: Forum post #96, Well-Trained Mind Forum
If you are just now finding out about this horrible story, here’s some links:
My earlier posts about this:
Tulipgirl: Who Is Speaking Out Against Abuse?
Tulipgirl: Hold em Down, Defeat Totally
Randy Greenwald: Hermeneutics, Life and Death
RosCommon Acres: The Pearls, Abuse and a False Gospel
Beauty for Ashes: In Which I Discuss the Unthinkable
One of these days when I can stand it, perhaps I will put quotes from their material up here for readers to see and judge for themselves. In the meantime, let me again hasten to say, this is not an issue of anti-spankers coming unglued and using a case of abuse to illustrate their cause. No indeed. What the Pearls advocate is far, far beyond the normal territory inhabited by parents who spank their children.