Jenny Bardsley has a post on HeraldNet honoring Hana Alemu “Williams” and reviewing the Pearl’s book, To Train Up A Child.
Doug Phillips stepped down last October after admitting to an inappropriate relationship with a woman.
On March 27, the Christian Post reported that he was threatening his closest friends of conspiring to destroy him.
On April 14, WND reported that Lourdes Torres, Doug Phillips former nanny, was suing him.
Vision Forum denied the allegations on their Facebook wall.
The Southern Illinoisan has an article about Stephanie Cox and and how she came to write a gentle Parenting book with her nose.
Here is more information about Stephanie Cox.
If you have read the book (or the rough draft of it when it was here on this site,) please go and leave your review.
If you have not had a chance to read it, you can still read some large excerpts here.
World Mag Reports that Bill Gothard has been placed on administrative leave while they research recent allegations of abuse.
Naturally this story has impacted many people. Here is a testimony from Micah Murray which reflects on this news as he looks at Growing Up in Bill Gothard’s Homeschool Cult.
The Kansas bill which would allow spanking in schools as well as allowing parents to swat children up to 10 times and leave bruising without legal repercussions has died in committee. Here are 2 stories about that:
Spanking bill dies in Kansas House committee from the Wichita Eagle
Fox News reports that in Kansas there is a bill proposing allowing spanking in schools. Supporters claim that it would help children learn to respect authority. This bill would allow parents, and those to whom they give permission, to leave redness and bruising.
The Wichita Eagle has more information about the spanking bill. Apparently they are trying to define the difference between corporal punishment and abuse and protect parents from legal retribution when they hit a child under those guidelines. This is generating a lot of controversy, I will keep my eyes on it.
Stopspanking.org analyses this issue here and reports that the bill is considered highly unlikely to pass.
It has been 4 years since we lost Lydia Schatz. TulipGirl has a moving post about her which she posted 3 years ago. Since her blog seems to be down right now, I am linking to it on the WayBackMachine. <3 RIP Lydia
Please pray for her siblings, it must be a very hard day for them. I know that there is very little sympathy for her parents in this world, but I believe that they are repentant and am also praying for them.
Elizabeth Esther shares a “deleted scene” from her new book, Girl at The End of the World: my escape from fundamentalism in search of faith with a future” (available March 18, 2014). She explains,
It is the story of my two-week stay at a retreat center specializing in emotional healing and codependency issues. I am sharing this story in the hopes that those who have suffered similarly will know they are not alone and those in positions of religious authority will understand the devastating, long-term impact of spiritual abuse.
I received a comment, informing me about a book which mentions the Pearls. This book has gotten good and interesting reviews and I thought it might be of interest. Here is an radio chat with the author, Cameron Stauth.
If you do not want to read the whole book, you can see a preview on Google Reads. There is a search function for if you wish to find the part where the Pearls are mentioned.
On a side note, the review I linked above mentions Scientology. That reminds me of a very interesting video I saw lately in which the great-grandson of L. Ron Hubbard exposes the family secrets about the beginning of Scientology.
If you think that woman was made only to serve man then you need to read Dan Wilkinson’s explaination of what the Bible means by Helpmeet.
Today the International Business Times featured an article about the pressure being put upon Amazon to stop selling the Pearls’ book, To Train Up A Child. This is a very good article except for a small confusion about the children who have been killed. Sean “Paddock” was killed in 2006, Lydia “Schatz” in 2010 and Hana “Williams” in 2011. For more information about what the Pearls’ teachings had to do with the death of Lydia, please see my post, Why Blame The Pearls At All and for more information about what the Pearls’ teachings had to do with the deaths of Sean and Hana, please see Why Blame The Pearls At All Part 2.
A writer from The Verge is working on a story about the Pearls for publication on The Verge website. He would like to talk with anyone who has experience with the book or the Pearls firsthand. If you are interested in taking part in this, please send me (email@example.com) your contact info and I’ll pass it on to him.
Kathryn Joyce has an article about young adults who were homeschooled by controlling, fundamentalist parents called, The Homeschool Apostates.
Cindy Kunsman shares about how she came to realize that she was involved in an abusive church in, When your Religious Leader Falls Off the Pedestal.
You also might be interested in Cindy’s post about Understanding the Cycle of Spiritually Abusive Groups.
Cindy’s series continues with After the Epiphany Moment: Making Sense of Your History in Light of Spiritual Abuse.
Michael Pearl says that his teachings are Biblical. Lee Woofenden does not agree and he explains why in his post, To Train Up A Child, or: Spare the Rod? What Rod? This is a long article and worth the read. He points out, among other things, that Mr. Pearl is actually teaching parents to condition their children which is not Biblical.
A reporter from the BBC is working on a story about the Pearls for publication on the BBC website. He is doing a lot of research and would like to talk with someone who was raised by the Pearls’ methods. If you are interested in taking part in this, please send me (firstname.lastname@example.org) your contact info and I’ll pass it on to him.
Thank you for your help, everyone. The interview is over. If I hear of another opportunity, I will be sure to post. :-)
Peter Bradrick, once very close to Doug Phillips, has broken his silence. While we still have more questions than answers, this development is very much of interest to those who are following the Vision Forum saga.
Doug Phillips: “Disowns” Former Vision Forum Executive Assistant to President, Peter Bradrick, Calls Him “Destroyer” When Confronted about Sins from Spiritual Sounding Board. In this post we are told who Peter Bradrick is and that he has started posting some very interesting posts on Facebook publically. Read the comments for interesting discussion.
Another interesting Facebook post from Peter Bradrick is this one in which he quotes Doug Phillips talking about how real men on the Titanic gave their lives for the women and children and then adds his commentary.
“For one thousand years, this principle has guided Western civilization. Simply stated, that principle is this: the groom dies for the bride, the strong suffer for the weak, and the highest expression of love is to give one’s life for another. The men aboard the Titanic recognized their duty because they had been raised in a culture that implicitly embraced such notions. Only by returning to these foundations can we ever hope to live in a society in which men will make the self-conscious decision to die so that women and children may live. This is the true legacy of the Titanic.” Douglas Phillips
When those who champion “women and children first” hide behind smooth words instead of “suffering for the weak”… When the strong take advantage of the weak, and then turn them out like so much garbage… When the strong seize the lifeboats and leave the weak drowning in the icy water… it leaves no choice for men of God other than to rise up and oppose them when they discover the truth. Woe to those that do not.
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