It never ceases to amaze me how arrogantly Michael Pearl talks when he is being questioned about his child
abuse discipline methods.
He was interviewed on CNN’s Dr. Drew, which aired on October 25, 2011. (Click here to see a portion of that video called Preaching discipline that can kill?). He was also interviewed about the Lydia Schatz tragedy, a portion of which was re-aired on October 20, 2011, on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, which talked about the recent Hana Williams tragedy. (Click here to see that video called Punishing kids in the name of religion).
I don’t know which is worse, backing up his book by saying, “it’s in the Bible,” or his usual pragmatic response, attributing credibility to the number of people who write him telling him that his method “works.” (Pragmatism is commonly thought of as “The end justifies the means.” The end in this case is the “happy, emotionally-healthy children” Pearl says results from his methods, not abused children. The means is his methods.) This is the same man who refuses to take a hint of responsibility in the recent deaths of three children whose parents also used his methods. He clearly does not think the abuse occurred because of his book. He feels that the parents ignored his book, because in his mind, if they had, abuse would not have been the result.
I am glad that Michael Pearl is still being scrutinized. I highly doubt he will change anything about his book; if anything, this constant attention, I’m sure, is being viewed as “persecution.” However, it is good for those parents who might begin to question his methods.
**Note: I became aware of this interview through ChucklesTravels’ blog. I watched the interview, but at the time of this posting, I was unable to view it again. Just to let you know, in case you have similar problems.