Hana and Pearl Are All Over The Internet

There has been a lot of attention being given lately to the Pearls and the part their book, To Train Up A Child, played in the death of Hana Aleumu “Williams.” So much attention in fact, that my blog could not handle the traffic generated by Google searches and was taken offline from the 19th until today as explained here. So, here is a rundown of the posts and articles I missed posting during that time.

It started with this article on Nov 15: Another couple found guilty of murder for parenting by “To Train Up a Child” by Alicia Bayer of the Mankato Attachment Parenting Examiner. [Read more…]

Arguments against The Pearls’ Teachings


On The Pearls and Parenting by Tulipgirl

Michael and Debi Pearl’s No Greater Joy Ministries: A Look at the Basics From Allthings2all by Catez

Michael Pearl on Original Sin: An Analysis From Allthings2all by Catez

Concerns about the Pearls A letter to a pastor By MarynMunchkins

Salon’s article about The Pearls by Lynn Harris

Child abuse on the religious right – The Pearls from Bene Diction Blogs On

From the Gentle Christian Mothers Forums

Fundamental Baptists warning about No Greater Joy Ministries.

Michael Pearl’s Duplicity is the answer to Pearl’s response to his the above post in Oct 2007

The Rod is a Means of Grace from Lutherama, shows how Pearl’s teachings are incompatible with Lutheran theology

Christian Families on the Edge(Authoritarianism and Isolationism Among Us) From The Christian Research Institute

Ebenezer Vista — The Big Outing from A Time To Laugh

The problem with Cheerfully Punitive Parenting from Simple Gifts

The Pearls Are Wrong by Anne at White Washed Feminists


More arguments can be found in my In Depth Analysis section.


The Schatz Story in the News part 1

Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz are now being charged with torture and murder after following Pearl’s training advice.  Here are some news stories:

Note:  Many news stories removed from their paper’s websites can be found elsewhere.  I’ll try to keep the links updated.  Many can be found at the first 2 links.

Religion News Blog’s news page on No Greater Joy Ministries

and Pound Pup Legacy’s Michael and Debi Pearl’s tag.

Paradise parents face murder, torture charges Feb 10, 2010

Ridge parents arraigned on murder Feb 11, 2010

DA links fundamentalist “training” to Paradise girl’s death Feb 12, 2010

Ramsey examines ministry connected to girl’s death – Paradise Post Feb 18, 2010

A fine line between abuse and discipline Feb 18, 2010

Godly discipline turned deadly by Lynn Harris from Salon Feb 22, 2010

Child’s death leads Christians to speak out against Michael and Debi Pearl from Examiner Feb 25, 2010

Questions about ministry grow from Paradise Post Feb 26, 2010

Is Conservative Christian Group, No Greater Joy Ministries, Pushing Parents to Beat Kids to Death? from CBS News Crimesider

3/13 Faith Matters: There is no such thing as perfect obedience From Bradenton.com Mar 13, 2010

Michael Pearl writes that he is laughing at his critics after child’s death from Examiner.com

Further updates at Schatz News Part 2

Religion News Blog’s news page on No Greater Joy Ministries