Williams Trial – Day 14: Testimony of Jacob Williams

Early this morning the Skagit Valley Herald posted a new and very informative article about yesterday’s testimony which I added to yesterday’s post.

Today, August 15, 2013, saw one of the 2 eldest sons of the Williams on the stand.  Kiro TV has the story.  Jacob Williams (18)  might have given the most condemning testimony so far.  Jacob testified that his parents told him to lie to police about hitting his adopted siblings and not to talk about spankings, the closet or the shower room.   If I understand the situation correctly, they raised these children under Pearls’ teachings and taught them to never lie.  They taught them to love and obey God and that liars go to Hell.  They told them that they were following God’s directives to spank them in order to train them to be good Christians.  They taught them to obey without question.   Then they told them to lie to police.  Thankfully, the children were able to sort out right from wrong and disobeyed their parents in order to obey God.   They told the police the truth and testified the truth in court.

Update: Gina Cole of  the Skagit Valley Herald has posted this story about this day’s proceedings.  As usual, this story can be triggering and is not for the faint of heart.

I should also mention that this story also talks a bit about clinical psychologist Katherine Porterfield’s testimony about how she came to the conclusion that the Williams children were tortured.

She Was Spanked And Is Not OK

Dara Stoltzfus shares another story which explains how she was Spanked and Did Not Turn Out Okay.

On a side-note, here is a pamphlet which discusses more ways in which spanked children may not turn out ok.

 

Don’t Make Children Lie

Last night, my husband and I watched, “The Andy Griffith Show,” and it was the one where Opie was having fun pretending to have a black horse named Blackie.  Andy, Opie’s dad, and Barney and Aunt Bea all had fun with this.  Well, Opie goes off into the woods and meets a lineman named, Mr. McBeevee.  Because Andy had played the Blackie game earlier, and well, since Mr. McBeevee is a rather strange name, Andy doesn’t believe Opie when Opie tells him that this is a real man who really gave Opie a hatchet and then a quarter.  When Andy takes Opie out to the woods to meet this Mr. McBeevee guy, Mr. McBeevee just happens to get called away, making Opie look like a big liar.

When Opie and Andy get home, Opie knows he’s in trouble and Andy is prepared to spank Opie.  [Read more…]

Lucy’s Story

Lucy tells her story at Dare To Disciple. She shares how her views of spanking have changed during her lifetime and why she feels that spanking and Christianity are incompatible.