Monday, February 22, 2010

Sickening

WhiteStone sent me an e-mail, and it made me just sick. Just sick. It has not hit the news (no pun intended), and I don't understand why. The story needs to be told. The Pearl's 'ministry' needs to be discredited in one heck of a hurry. This article is shocking, but even more so are the quotes from the Pearls themselves that you will find in the comments section of this post.

Speak up! Share this story! Everyone should know the story of this little girl. Everyone should know about the Pearls. Here are some Pearls that should be cast before the swine.

9 comments:

Mary Paddock said...

The truth is, Debby, these people would have abused children anyway. NGJ was simply an excuse.

Debby said...

I disagree, Mary. The Pearls actively endorse making whipping instruments out of 1/4 inch plumbing tubing because it is cheap and readily accessible at any home improvement place. They recommend keeping a whipping instrument in every room, and even keeping one draped around your neck so that the kids realize that punishment is always at hand. They speak of disciplining four month old babies. They say that a child should not be disciplined in church or in public because 'people will not understand'. If a parent has to be secretive about his 'discipline', well, something is wrong. These people are trying to whitewash things now, saying that they never advocated beating a child. Describing 'if your child still has the breath to talk to you then your discipline is probably not strong enough'. Disturbing. Sickening. The Pearls are dangerous people. They are liars. Their books should not be sold on Amazon or anywhere else for that matter. Their methods should be discussed and disected in the bright light of day because they are getting away with murder.

BUSH BABE said...

There was a line in Whitestone's story: "May be familiar in some homeschooling circles"... what the?? There is a massive CLEAR difference between a smack and a hit. And even more of a difference between a smack and multiple hits. And teaching a child fear. I feel quite nauseous. *shudder*

I shall spend the rest of this day quite disturbed... awful story.

Jayne said...

Just read a bit on the website in reply to a mother who's son was angrier after a spanking; she was told to spank him until he had no breath left to complain!
OMG this is incredible and the fact it's still allowed to be online without these people being investigated is criminal!

Mary Paddock said...

Don't misunderstand me, I'm not a fan of this ministry (have only sort of heard of them). And I do think their methods are unnecessarily harsh. But what this family did was far and above anything these people are suggesting is appropriate (read: beating her to death). Those who will abuse their children only need an excuse to do so. They took an albeit harsh form of discipline and twisted to their own ends. If it had not been the Pearls', it would have been someone else. I did visit the Pearl's site and wasn't much impressed, but their approach to discipline isn't anything new. Many years ago there was a Christian author who advocated similar disciplinary techniques (James Dobson criticized him). I can't remember his name, but his book is still making the rounds.

As per that not disciplining in public thing--that may be the only good advice the Pearls give. With the tide turning against spanking as a form of discipline, parents who choose to use it as a tool have to think this way.

quid said...

This is awful!

quid

Cara said...

http://lauriemo.blogspot.com/2010/02/in-which-i-speak-of-unspeakable.html

An interesting vantage point to the Schatz.

corymbia said...

:shudder:

Bill of Wasilla said...

It is sickening. I can't say anymore.