Thursday, June 08, 2006

Swine and the Pearls

We're very glad to see that the downright abusive Pearl duo have at last been outed in the Guardian. If you haven't come across them before:

The Pearls are evangelical Christians who believe corporal punishment is "doing it God's way". With a mailing list of tens of thousands of parents, the Pearls say that the justification for their approach is in scripture: "He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes" (Proverbs 13:24).

Chastening begins early. "For the under-one-year-old, a little,10- to 12-inch long, willowy branch (stripped of any knots that might break the skin) about one-eighth inch diameter is sufficient," writes Michael Pearl. With older children he advises: "After a short explanation about bad attitudes and the need to love, patiently and calmly apply the rod to his backside. Somehow, after eight or 10 licks, the poison is transformed into gushing love and contentment. The world becomes a beautiful place. A brand-new child emerges. It makes an adult stare at the rod in wonder, trying to see what magic is contained therein."

More examples - including the DIY guide to beating children with plumbing pipe - over on the 'Dare to Know' blog. Sick, and sickening, stuff.That anyone can publish a child abuse instruction manual with impunity is horrifying. That there are people willing to follow its precepts is frightening.

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