Investigative Reports on Michael Pearl

Lauren Hensley,  Investigative Reporter for CBS TV Station WVNS West Virginia, brings us Spare the Rod Part 1: Spanking in the Name of the Lord in which she interviews Mr. Pearl.  In Spare the Rod Part 2: Local Pastors Challenge Biblical Backing she interviews local religious leaders about his teachings. Stay tuned for Part 3: The Effects of Corporal Punishment On A Child (tomorrow?).

Jill Monier, of FOX TV in Memphis Tennessee, brings us Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child? which is an in depth look at their book, To Train Up A Child.   It includes some pretty disturbing quotes.  As well as interviewing the Pearls, they interviewed Barbara King, the executive director of the Exchange Club in Memphis which offers a variety of programs to help Memphis area families breaking the cycle of abuse, and Elizabeth Stewart an adult niece who was also switched by the Pearls.

Tom Haynes, of My Fox Atlanta, brings us almost the same story in Investigators Link Book to Deaths of 3 Children.

Also, yesterday, Michael Pearl was on Dr. Drew’s show. Here is an Inside Look at that episode. Note that at the very end, Dr. Drew claims that he is still tender in the spot where Mr. Pearl spanked him.


  1. […] 13 News Salt Lake City reports on the Pearls with a repeat of the Fox Video I shared on Feb 22, but with a new video which I will embed here.  This video features Child Psychologist, Douglas […]

  2. TealRose on February 22, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    I am just sickened … as usual…by the comments. They just have NO idea at all. They don’t believe real facts. They don’t WANT to believe them. And they believe false translations of the Bible … As I said … I am sickened and sad. It truly breaks my heart.

    • C.L. Dyck on February 22, 2012 at 7:00 pm

      I know what you mean. I have had to all but quit following this stuff, much as I think it has to be talked about, because it started to give me nightmares. It means the world when I hear that people are being helped by community dialogue about it. But I feel tremendous sorrow and discouragement when I see discussion shut down by closed minds of any stripe.

      • Hermana Linda on February 22, 2012 at 9:57 pm

        I rarely read comments in these pieces. If I feel led, I might read some and link to my site, but it is rare.

        • Zooey on February 23, 2012 at 5:06 am

          I have had to stop reading responses most of the time. I become so angry & depressed that I feel physically ill……

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