Speaking Out, Updated. . .

Give justice to the weak and the fatherless;
maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.
Rescue the weak and the needy;
deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”

Psalm 82:3-4

It has been one month since Lydia Schatz died while being “disciplined” by her parents who were influenced by Michael and Debi Pearl.

I’m made a modest attempt at tracking who is speaking up in their local communities. While in this medium it is easier to list those who are vocal online, I continue to hear good reports about local churches, homeschool groups, and parent-to-parent warnings about the teachings of Michael and Debi Pearl.

Please continue to share in this thread those you have heard in your churches, homeschool groups, online groups and in person, warning about the harmful teachings of Michael and Debi Pearl.

I would especially like to know of in-person conversations, local homeschool groups, pastors and other church leaders who are speaking out.

If you don’t see something listed, please let me know. . . and sometimes I do get a little behind in posting updates.

Thank you for speaking up for those who cannot speak for themselves, calling for justice for the fatherless, defending the weak.

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Pastors

Matthew Raley, Tritone Life: Is Michael Pearl Responsible For a Girl’s Death?
Michael Pearl Responds to His Critics
Sermon: Pray for Your Role (addresses the Lydia Schatz tragedy)
Senior pastor of the Evangelical Free Church in Orland, CA

Randy Greenwald: Hermeneutics, Life, and Death
There is No Such Thing as Perfect Obedience
Pastor, homeschool father of six, Florida

Jim West: A Follow Up On An Earlier Post: The Dilettantes Are Depraved
Pastor and scholar, Tennessee

Wade Burleson, When Child Training Leaves to Abuse and Murder: Pearls of Wisdom for Concerned Parents
Baptist pastor, Oklahoma

Mark Jackson, aka pastor guy: Parenting is Hard
Pastor, California

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Christian Media, Other Media

Bradenton Herald: There is No Such Thing as Perfect Obedience

World Magazine Commentary: To Brainwash a Parent
Evangelical, conservative news magazine

Religion News Blog
Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz Archives
Michael and Debi Pearl Archives
No Greater Joy Ministries Archives

Home Education Magazine: Bring Back the Boycott
And Micheal Pearl Laughs…
And Michael Pearl Laughs… Ctd.
Homeschool magazine since 1984

Benediction: Michael and Debi Pearl Linked to Another Child Abuse Death
Canadian, Christian, broadcast journalist

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

Don Veinot, Midwest Christian Outreach
In e-mail newsletter, no article online yet

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Authors / Speakers

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
Michael Pearl’s Response
So Does Michael Pearl Bear Any Responsibility for the Death of Lydia Schatz?
Peoria Area Homeschooling Group Has Removed Pearl Book From Resource List
Homeschool mom, grandmother, conference speaker, podcaster

Samuel Martin
Religious Scholar

C. L. Dyck, Scita > Scienda: Parenting in the Name of God
Life Led Learning: Child Deaths and Christian Homeschooling (first of a series analyzing the Pearls teachings)
Homeschool mom, author, editor, teacher

Karen Ehman: Box Bashing
Homeschool mom, author, speaker

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
Mike and Debi Pearl: Sample Wisdom
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

Karen Braun, Spunky Homeschool: Senseless Deception
Homeschool mom of 6, freelance writer, homeschool advocate

Hillary, Quivering Daughters: How Many More Little Girls Need to Die?
Heartbroken
Author of “Quivering Daughters | When Jesus Weeps ~ True Stories of Women, Authoritarianism, and the Fundamentalist Life”

Donna Fawcett, comments about Pearl parenting
Veteran homeschool mom, author of “Thriving in the Homeschool”

Emotional Abuse and Your Faith: Lydia, The Child the Pearls Laughed At

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Homeschool Suppliers

Timberdoodle Co.: Discipline and Murder
Homeschool supply company

Home Education Magazine: Bring Back the Boycott
Homeschool magazine since 1984

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

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Homeschool Moms

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
When Parenting Kills: A Teachable Moment
A Succinct Review of To Train Up a Child by Michael & Debi Pearl
Homeschool veteran, mentor, website designer

Carol, Parenting Freedom: Murder by Discipline
Murdering Children into Submission
Homeschool mom, researcher

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

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
Michael Pearl Answering His Critics
Spare The Rod And A Thank You
My Comments On Michael Pearl’s Post
Rebekah’s Dreaming Awake Blog
Rebekah Pearl Part One — Her Childhood
Homeschool mom of four

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

Karen Braun, Spunky Homeschool: Senseless Deception
Homeschool mom of 6, freelance writer, homeschool advocate

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
Still Thinking about Little Lydia
A Response to Michael Pearl
Homeschool mom, nurse, tried and rejected the Pearls’ teachings

Lisa, HomeSpun Life: Fundamental Discipline
Time to Speak Up, Even if it is Hard
Homeschool mom, former Pearl supporter


Smith Soup: From Another Mamma with a Heart for Liberia

Christian, Mom to 14 adopted and bio- children

Betsy, Just Another Clay Pot: Christian Brainwashing?
The World’s Most Dangerous People
Homeschool mom

Dana, Roscommon Acres: The Pearls, Abuse, and a False Gospel
In Defense of the Pearls: Some Thoughts
Homeschool mom of five

Elizabeth Esther: How Many More Children Must Die?
Mother, Writer, grew up in abusive fundamentalist church

Anne, Birth in Ukraine
Missionary, Homeschool mom, birth educator

Valerie, Happy as Kings: On the Death of Lydia Schatz, 8
Photographer, Homeschool mom

Mama Says: Quick Takes #4
Homeschool mom of 8

Jackie, My Three Little Lights: Speaking Up and Speaking Out
Homeschool mom of 3, pastor’s wife

Vyckie, No Longer Qivering: No Greater Joy Ministries and Child Abuse
No Laughing Matter: Michael Pearl & His Chicken Mock Critics

Therese, Keeping Along Joyfully: Christian Homeschoolers, Please Read

Eight is NOT Enough: An Open Letter

Donna Fawcett, comments about Pearl parenting
Veteran homeschool mom, author of “Thriving in the Homeschool”

Kimberly, Raising Olives: The Pearls and Your Child’s Heart

The Journey: This is the Reason Why, In Jesus Name

WaterLilly: Spanking in Anger Isn’t the Problem
WaterLilly: Michael Pearl Laughs at Critics

Myrrh, Savouring Grace: Calling All Christian Families and Those Who Minister to Them

Hippie Housewife: Disciplined to Death

The Cappuccino Life: The Pearls, Sadly it has Come to This. . .

T-Bear, Contemplations of an Unconventional Christian: Mobilizing the Largely Silent Majority

MamaChesire: Without Breath to Complain

MiaZagora’s Homeschool Minutes: Michael and Debi Pearl Books and Child Abuse

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Homeschool Dads

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

Arni, I Think I Believe: Why I Will Never Spank My Daughter
Father, theology student, musician

Rey Reynoso, The Bible Archive: To Train Up A Child: An Examination of the Pearl Method
Father, artist, programmer, writer, preacher

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Homeschool Groups

Bradenton SHARE: Support Homeschool Activities Reaching Everyone
Detailed e-mail to all members and friends

Peoria APACHE: Association of Peoria Area Christian Home Educators
Removed recommendation for No Greater Joy from website

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Other Friends of Homeschoolers / Families

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

API Speaks: Parent Support is Prevention
Attachment Parenting International official blog

Glenn Chatfield, Watchman’s Bagpipes: To Train Up a Child
To Train Up A Child, Follow Up

GCM Statement: It is Time to Speak Out Against the Teachings of Michael and Debi Pearl

Judy, Wanna Walk Along: Even a Child Can Recognize Injustice
Popular, Pervasive, Controversial
Abhorrence Hits Me
Grandmother, Christian

Luci: Hold Fast

Dr. Momma, Peaceful Parenting:
No Greater Joy Ministries “Biblical” Parenting Couple Beats Child to Death

Monica, Attachment Mama: Why Parenting Support is So Critical

Linda, Parent at the Helm: Speaking Up

Aaron, Must Follow: Christians Unite Against Child Abuse

Motherhood is. . . A Matter That Needs More Attention

Jessica, Everyday Rebel: Woman, Uncensored

It’s Complicated: I Don’t Want To Write This Post

Laird and His Momma: Horror

The Greek Chorus, Sweeping the Cobwebs: Pearl Laughing All the Way to the Bank

Jay Allen, The Zero Boss: Michael and Debi Pearl’s “Expert” Parenting Advice is Killing Children

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Websites:

Why Not Train A Child
No Greater Joy Children: Raising Children Without Damaging Their Spirit

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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! Also, here is another site where related links are being compiled.

11 thoughts on “Speaking Out, Updated. . .

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  4. I think it is important to note…that it is not ONLY the Pearl’s methods that condone this kind of ‘training’. We need to stop supporting each method that is so destructive!

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