Joy-Anna’s in-laws Jim Bob and Michelle caused a monster scandal after hosting a couple infamous for preaching physical punishments on kids at their Fort Rock Family Camp and Retreat Center. Now, Michael Pearl, the man behind the outrage decided to defend himself in an exclusive interview.
Not only that but Austin Forsyth’s parents even promoted the speaking event on their official website.
The controversial couple, Debi and Michael Pearl are set to speak there for three days in June and in October.
Their book, titled To Train Up a Child has caused outrage back in 2011 when The New York Times revealed that it instructed parents to use a switch on their children starting with the age of only six months, apparently to discourage bad behavior.
In addition, parents were also encouraged to use a quarter-inch flexible plumbing line as well as other such instruments to hit kids’ back, arms and legs.
As horrible as it sounds only hearing the advice the Pearls give in their book, what makes this even worse is the repercussions of teaching parents to use violence to create discipline.
A copy of the book was found in the houses of no less than three different children who passed away from child abuse.
With all of that in mind, we are not surprised fans of the Duggars were very disappointed to discover Jim Bob and Michelle promoted the Pearls speaking event at the camp on their social media accounts.
‘This makes me sad. The Pearls literally promote hitting babies, actual babies. They’re child abusers. Why would you promote their evil and cruel practices is mind-boggling,’ one user commented.
‘Why are you promoting child abuse? I hope every one of you participating in the Pearls’ abusive ways gets arrested and spend time in prison. Those poor Duggar children,’ another slammed the family.
Michael Pearl defended his and his wife’s teachings saying: ‘The book has sold well over one million copies. Many families are being blessed by the content. They say it is the best thing that ever happened to their family, including adults who were raised with the principles in that book. Those adults are now training their children. I don’t teach to punish your children. It is a whole comprehensive approach to child training. Physical discipline’s a small part of it.’
As for the free promotion received from the Duggars, the man said: ‘I do not know the Duggars. I met Jim Bob once.’