“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy.”
I know many people have been vocal in the past. Yet I believe a renewed effort–even warning against specific teachings and teachers–is warranted.
This outcry has already started, as observed by Lynn Harris in Salon:
It’s one thing for those of us outside the fundamentalist Christian/Christian home-schooling world to point fingers at the Pearls and voice outrage at their methods. What really matters, and what stands to have actual impact, is the outrage inside the Pearls’ world. And right now, more than ever, an anti-Pearl movement within the conservative Christian community is rising up in heated, if sometimes whispered, fury. Some say — even pray — that Lydia Schatz’s death will bring Michael and Debi Pearl exactly the kind of attention they deserve.
Already many homeschool parents and leaders are speaking out, especially raising red flags about the teachings of Michael and Debi Pearl of No Greater Joy Ministries.
In a modest effort to track those who are speaking out, would you please share in this thread those you have heard in your churches, homeschool groups, in person, and online homeschool groups?
Those who are issuing warnings:
World Magazine Commentary: To Brainwash a Parent
Evangelical, conservative news magazine
Timberdoodle Co.: Discipline and Murder
Homeschool supply company
Bradenton SHARE: Support Homeschool Activities Reaching Everyone
Detailed e-mail to all members and friends
Home Education Magazine: Bring Back the Boycott
Homeschool magazine since 1984
Matthew Raley, Tritone Life: Is Michael Pearl Responsible For a Girl’s Death?
Senior pastor of the Evangelical Free Church in Orland, CA
Karen Campbell, ThatMom: Child Abuse in the Name of Jesus
Update on Lydia Schatz and Why It Is Not About Spanking
Pearls and Authoritarian Parenting
An Open Letter to my Brothers and Sisters in Christ Who Serve in Leadership to Homeschooling Families
Homeschool mom, grandmother, conference speaker, podcaster
Karen Ehman: Box Bashing
Homeschool mom, author, speaker
Rob Shearer: Tragedy in a Homeschooling Family
Homeschool father of 11 children, church elder, Director of the Francis Schaeffer Study Center, co-founder of Greenleaf Press homeschool materials publisher
Randy Greenwald: Hermeneutics, Life, and Death
Pastor, homeschool father of six
Barbara Curtis, MommyLife: Lydia Schatz: shame on Mike and Debi Pearl!
Michael Pearl Laughs at His Critics, No Apology for Dead Children
Growing Outrage at Michael Pearl and his Response to Child’s Death
Cult Characteristics and the Pearls
Mom of 12 (bio, adopted and special needs), grandma of 10, author and Montessori teacher
Angel, Rutledge6: Tragic Death of Lydia Schatz
Author of “Liberian Adoption: Preparing for Your Child’s Homecoming”
Megan, SortaCrunchy: When Extremists are Taken to the Extreme
Mom, author, editor-in-chief of Simple Kids
Elizabeth Esther: How Many More Children Must Die?
Mother, Writer, grew up in abusive fundamentalist church
Kathy, Quiet Garden: When Parenting Kills – What Can We Do?
Christian Ethics in Parenting
When Parenting Kills – Update
When Parenting Kills – A Challenge to Men
More Christians Speaking Out Against the Pearls
Michael Pearl Responds
Homeschool veteran, mentor, website designer
Benediction: Michael and Debi Pearl Linked to Another Child Abuse Death
Canadian, Christian, broadcast journalist
API Speaks: Parent Support is Prevention
Attachment Parenting International official blog
Anne, Muse Mama: Bring Back the Boycott
Fighting the Pearls’ Teachings
The Value of Gentle Mothering
The Pearls are Wrong
Giving Up on To Train Up A Child
Homeschool mom, nurse, tried and rejected the Pearls’ teachings
Karen Braun, Spunky Homeschool: Senseless Deception
Homeschool mom of 6, freelance writer, homeschool advocate
Anne, Birth in Ukraine
Missionary, Homeschool mom, birth educator
Arni, I Think I Believe: Why I Will Never Spank My Daughter
Father, theology student, musician
Paul Mathers: In Which I Talk About the Terrible Event
Quoted in Salon, knows the Schatz family
Laurie, Beauty for Ashes: In Which I Speak the Unspeakable
Knows the Schatz family
Sparrow’s Nest Academy: I’m Burning All the Books by the Pearls
Homeschool mom of seven
Debra, Random Thoughts: Another Death Attributed to the Pearls
Homeschool mom of four
Smith Soup: From Another Mamma with a Heart for Liberia
Christian, Mom to 14 adopted and bio- children
Virginia, Come, Weary Moms: Child Discipline or Child Abuse?
Adding Your Voices about Child Abuse
Mother of ten, publisher of Hope Chest Home School News
Hillary, Quivering Daughters: How Many More Little Girls Need to Die?
Author of “Quivering Daughters | When Jesus Weeps ~ True Stories of Women, Authoritarianism, and the Fundamentalist Life”
No Greater Joy Children
New website analyzing NGJ teachings
Speaking out in the Local Community:
1. Local Homeschool Group: Intense warning to parents about the Pearl’s parenting materials
2. Greenville Church: Women’s group leader issuing warning about Pearl’s parenting materials
3. Women’s Bible study, discussion of this issue
4. Lindsey, Lutheran – Missouri Synod, homeschooling mom, speaking out online.
5. Sarah, Christian, supervisor for a local mental health agency in Arizaon, discussing with staff, recognizing similar language in parents and foster parents, devising best ways to address it.
6. A Virginia homeschool group removing all links to the Pearls / NGJ from their website.
7. Lots of emails and irl discussions. . .
Please list in the comments or email me with examples you are experiencing of homeschool parents, leaders, and pastors speaking out in your local communities or online.
This post is in progress. It will continue to be updated, although I know it isn’t possible to have a completely comprehensive list. If I’ve left you off, let me know!