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…]

How Many Churches Allow and Even Encourage Abuse

Valerie Tarico looks at the problem of  Christian discipline leading to abuse in “Bible-based” discipline has led to child abuse in Salon Magazine.  I am seeing non-believers getting more and more concerned with this issue and rightly so.  It breaks my heart that abusive Christians are giving Christianity a bad name.  Of course, it is only natural that they are trying to find a way to stop the abuse.  My only concern with that is that their definition of abuse often includes teaching children that they are sinners in need of salvation, which is the heart of the Gospel.

Because of that article, Pastor Doug Bursch (who was raised in a grace-filled, loving home) discussed the problem with M. Dolon Hickmon on his Christian Talk Radio show, Live from Seattle 820AM.  This conversation is extremely interesting as well as important.  Dolon explains how important it is for Christians to recognize abuse.  Not only do churches fail to notice abuse, they often inadvertently encourage it.  He explains how each person listening to a sermon about spanking has a different definition for the words being used.  Both abused children and their parents assume that the word, “spanking” means exactly what they are currently doing and are being validated that they should continue, even if the pastor preaching means nothing of the sort.  Raising awareness is very important and he has a lot of hope that the book he wrote will go a long way towards that.  You can get information about his book here.  ****Warning!  Book very triggering for survivors of abuse****


Abusive by Definition

I found this secular blog entry which I found interesting.  It links to the Salon Article about the Pearls, discusses it a bit and then goes on to look further at the Blogger’s own observations of how the Pearl’s advice is abusive by definition.  She compares it to the well known Cycle of Abuse seen in marriages.

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