These people are monsters. They preach what they call a biblical and Christian method of bringing up children or, as they charmingly put it, training them. I’m not sure why they call it biblical, though, since little or none of what they teach appears in the bible. What they seem to be doing instead is justifying their views on dealing with children. It’s saying something when even the bible isn’t as awful as these people.
The Pearls believe in isolation. They think that children should never be out of their parents’ sight. At church, they must sit with their parents, not their friends. After church, they must stand with their parents rather than playing with their friends. Since they must also be homeschooled, it’s worth asking how they can have any friends in the first place, especially because, according to the Pearls, “slumber parties are sin parties”.
There’s no privacy or freedom at home, either. Children are to be supervised at all times. There must be no physical way for them to access the web. They are not allowed in their bedrooms except to sleep or to read quietly and the door must be open at all times, except for a strict 2 minutes to allow them to dress.
Phone calls are limited to 3 minutes and must be supervised, the list goes on.
Any transgression is dealt with by beatings. Virtually any transgression at all. Beating is the first resort. Not with the hands of course. Hands are for ‘loving and helping’. So obviously they must be beaten with an instrument. They recommend 1/4 inch plumbing line:
“It will fit in your purse or hang around your neck. You can buy them [sic] for $1.00 at Home Depot or any hardware store,”
How convenient. But it gets better. The pipes, explains Pearl,
“come cheaper by the dozen and can be widely distributed in every room and vehicle. Just the high profile of their accessibility keeps kids in line.”
Elizabeth and Kevin Schatz of California bought the Pearls’ book. Then they followed its advice, beating their 7 year old adopted daughter to death and hospitalising her sister. The former had got a word wrong in a homeschool lesson. The other was deemed to be a “liar” and a “bad influence”. So the Schatz’ beat them for hours, taking breaks only to pray.
Kevin Schatz pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and torture and was sentenced to two life terms; he will serve a minimum of 22 years. Elizabeth Schatz pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and infliction of unlawful corporal punishment and received a sentence of 13 years. During the trial, Zariah addressed the court. She spoke in a soft voice and occasionally broke down in sobs. She said Lydia had meant the world to her, and she said, “I don’t know what I did to deserve what you did to me.”
The Pearls say they have sold more than 650,000 copies of their book. The book that tells parents to constantly beat their children with plumbing pipes. Even without the beatings their doctrine is monstrous. It’s evil to isolate children or to subjugate them to your will. It’s barbaric to force them to behave as if they’re not children and to forbid the simple joy of running around like an idiot.