Are you raising your child in a religious authoritarian culture?

author of Breaking Their Will

As I stress in my book, Breaking Their Will, children are at most risk for being religiously abused or neglected when they are raised in religious authoritarian cultures. These cultures are homes and communities in which members strongly identify themselves by their faith. And, as in any authoritarian community, people care more about meeting the needs […]

The Real Michael Pearl

michael pearl

Both TV and print media have pitted me against Michael Pearl, as I have been vocal about my concerns that his teachings about childrearing are dangerous. I have written extensively about Pearl in Breaking Their Will, and this is the second blog I have posted about him. The pro-spanking, Tennessee-based Christian preacher has become a highly controversial figure, […]

The Last Victims: A letter to Zariah

Lydia Schatz

Below is an online letter to twelve-year-old Zariah Schatz, the older sister of Lydia Schatz. Four years ago, the girls were adopted from the Republic of Liberia by Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz of Paradise, California. On February 4 and 5, 2010, the couple “biblically” whipped their daughters for hours on end. The children’s “crimes”? Zariah, […]