Pearl’s reaction to the problems the Duggars have faced fits his M.O. perfectly. He continues to give the same advice that the Duggars were already following and insists that it works, in spite of it not working for them. I don’t doubt that in his mind, the fact that it didn’t work is proof that they did not follow it correctly. It appears that he cannot or will not consider the possibility that his methods don’t work.
Tulipgirl reminds us that it has been ten years since we lost Sean.
Kiley Crossland of World Magazine takes a look at the Pearl’s teachings in To Train Up A Pharisee.
It has been 4 years since we lost Lydia Schatz. TulipGirl has a moving post about her which she posted 3 years ago. <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.
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.
The Daily Beast looks at the problem of certain parents who use homeschooling as a way to hide their abuse in The Sinister Side of Homeschooling. This article does make it clear that homeschooling is usually not done as an excuse to abuse and that most homeschooling parents are not abusive. However, the author of the piece also appears to be advocating for more oversight of homeschooling. I am not sure I agree with that. More children who attend public schools are abused than homeschoolers and even so, many die. How much oversight would be necessary of homeschoolers in order to make sure that they are not abused? I do feel that it would be a slippery slope.
Poor Debi Pearl, she is so confused. It is so very sad. She considers our warnings against her and her husband’s teachings to be a lie, akin to the lies Hitler told. She states in this article that the parents who killed their children never read their books and that they were not found in their homes. How can she really believe that when the official documents (*trigger warning*) say that they did find their books*? Not only that, but many friends of the families have confirmed to me that they were avid Pearl followers who not only recommended their books but even gave them away. I have explained our problems and concerns with their teachings over and over again and can only assume that they are so sure that they are lies that they don’t even read them. There are none so blind as those who will not see.
*The link above marked trigger warning is the sheriff’s affidavit of what was found in the Williams house. The CNN report says that the book To Train Up A Child (shown in my featured image) was found in the Schatz house.
Whatcom Mom had an interesting comment which I would like to highlight.
I’m hoping the readers here will have some ideas about improving adoption home study practice, based on what we have learned from the deaths of Hana Williams and Lydia Schatz and injuries to their siblings.
So you know where I’m coming from. I’m an adoptive parent of now adult daughters, one adopted as an infant from a local nonprofit agency, the other as a toddler through state foster care. I’ve been active in pre-adoptive education and post-adoption support and have had plenty of occasion to reflect on issues that arise in transracial, special needs, and international and open adoptions. I have long been concerned about adoption agencies that place especially needy and difficult children with naïve, unprepared (and maybe overconfident) families and then fail to follow up with oversight and support.
I followed the Williams trial especially closely because the family lives in my area and because I know people who have worked for, and adopted from, the agency that placed Hana and her brother Immanuel. [Read more…]
As I reflect with sorrow and horror at the tragedy which was the Williams Trial, I find myself trying to make sense of what happened and why.
What I see as the root problem is pride. The Bible says that God hates pride. We know that “pride goeth before a fall and a haughty spirit before destruction” (Proverbs 16:18). I believe that very few people would argue with me when I say that Carri Williams had a problem with pride. I heard her described as a person who had to be always right. She was said to have perfect children. People described her as intimidating because her children were so perfect. I was told that when someone disagreed with her, they had a hard time confronting her because she had a reputation for a very cutting tongue. So, when people had concerns about how she was raising her children, they just withdrew away from her and left her alone. What else could they do? She would not listen, and she certainly would not accept help.
I’m not sure how and when she found To Train Up A Child by Michael Pearl. [Read more…]
In case anyone has noticed the change in my numbering, I thought I should explain. I started off numbering the first day of Jury Selection as Day 1 but since noticed that all the media was referring to the day of Opening Statements as Day 1. This causes confusion and I decided to change to reflect the common numeration. My URLs will continue to reflect my old numbering system to avoid a bunch of redirects.
Monday, August 26, 2013. The morning started with the last witness for the Prosecution, a pediatrician who specializes on child abuse. He testified that Hana was not just malnourished, but was starved and explained the cycle of abuse which typically leads to such a condition. Here is the story in the Skagit Valley Herald (which is not for the easily triggered.)
After that witness, the jury was dismissed and motions were heard. The lawyers for Larry tried to dismiss the charges for various reasons. One of the reasons was problems with Hana’s biological cousin. The problems and concerns had enough merit that the judge decided to strike his testimony which basically means that it has been deleted. The Skagit Valley Herald explains. You can also find the story on KiroTV.
Maureen is back in the courtroom and provides us with much insight from Monday’s court session. Of course, the faint of heart will read at their own risk. I applaud Maureen for her dedication, her fortitude and her excellent writing.
Also, check out this piece in the Seattle Times which brings up the teachings of Michael Pearl in “To Train Up A Child.”
House Judiciary Committee is considering a bill to protect adopted children as a response to the Hana Alemu “Williams” case. More information in this article in The Capitol Record.
According to the Skagit County Herald, the “homicide by abuse” trial for Larry and Carri Williams is now scheduled for February 4, 2013.
Today, marks one year since the tragic death of little Hana at the hands of those who called themselves her parents. If you visit the facebook group dedicated to her memory, you will see photos of her grave. Notice that her grave is lacking a headstone. The group is looking into the possibility of rectifying that situation. This is an open group and you are welcome to join.
I reported back on April 20 that Carri was back in jail. She went back to court yesterday, May 11, 2012 and her bail was set at $300,000 bail. Now a search of the Skagit County Jail Current Inmate List no longer shows her name, which suggests that she might have managed to come up with the bail. Either that or she could have been moved or there could be an error. I’ll keep my eyes out for more information.
CBS has given the Pearls a chance to defend themselves in this news story. (If you don’t want to watch the video, most of the tex of t is in the link.)
We mustn’t forget Sean Paddock. </3
Under Much Grace exposes the history of child abuse of Remnant Fellowship.
Christianity Today Magazine has an article about Corporal Punishment in their January 2012 Issue which you might want to purchase. When and if they post it online, I will post a link to it. This article mentions Hana Alemu “Williams”, Lydia Schatz and Sean Paddock and the influence of To Train Up A Child by Michael and Debi Pearl. It then goes on to discuss the spanking controversy and Professor William Webb’s book, Corporal Punishment In The Bible.
There is a discussion of the article on the Gentle Christian Mothers forum which contains a small quote.
Update: It has been posted here.