I almost called this “We are fundamentally flawed”
I am sure this is one of the primary faults I find with religion, the belief that deep down in our bones, we’re all flawed.
All men are in violation of God’s righteous requirements and His holy character both by nature and act. – Washington Association of Teaching Christian Homes
It’s bullshit, it’s just something they say so they can control and manipulate one another. Why would I assert my personal preferences or power if I believed I was flawed. It’s basic psychology. When people believe that something is wrong with them, they won’t act in their own self-interest. Teaching children that they’re born sinners is f-ing crazy. It’s a recipe for insanity.
For the record, I didn’t start this blog to bash religion. I really intended to just write about our nonreligious life. However, I only really come here when I get SUPER upset about the evils of organized religion.
Here’s a thought- if we’re made in God’s image, then aren’t we perfect? How can they not teach their children that we’re perfect expressions of God’s will? Wouldn’t that be the loving perspective? Aren’t they supposed to be loving?
Here’s what ticked me off today.
Ezzo and the Pearls
Ezzo is a jackass who wrote a book that teaches parents that their newborn babies are manipulating them and that it’s the parent’s job to wage war upon the child’s manipulative sinful soul.
Newborns have teeny tummies and they know exactly when their tummies are empty. Ezzo fans don’t care, they’re not about to let that little demon control their house. Ezzo newborns eat on a timer. Time to start eating, time to stop.
It’s funny- so many of the Ezzo moms complain about their milk supply being low- AHEM – do they have no idea how breasts work? Boobs can’t think for themselves, they require a suckling infant to stimulate milk production. Trying to nurse on a schedule interferes with that process.
Babies know what they need, trust them. They have no agenda, to assume that they have an evil plot to take over your Godly home is absolute insanity.
The Pearls. These guys are Ezzo’s evil twin. they teach “child training.” They want readers to know it’s different than discipline. Chidren who are TRAINED don’t need to be disciplined. If you’re not sure what training is, it’s a method whereby even tiny babies are hit with sticks until they’re too fucking scared to move or cry.
Think I’m exaggerating. they even waterboard their babies. One of the cult ladies who escaped from the Jessup thing was interviewed and she said that the father would take the newborn into the sink and hit the baby to make it cry, then pour water over his head until he stopped. Every time the baby cried, he’d get wet. Sure- I’ll bet that baby was TRAINED not to cry.
Imagine, being so afraid of your father drowning you that you’d rather not mention that you’re hungry, wet or cold.
One of their followers actually killed her child using these techniques. They recommend a specific kind of plumbing line to beat the children with.
They have this thing called “blanket training’ The Duggars do it, too. They sit the baby on a blanket (crawling age, so 4-9 months oldish) and place fun things just on the other side of the blanket. When baby attempts to crawl off the blanket, they say no and hit the baby with a stick. This way, the baby associates the word “no’ with pain. they actually use the word pain, they know that they’re hurting their kids and they don’t care.
Because they believe that the babies who have grown in their bellies for 9 months have come to earth simply to make their life hell, to disturb their Stepford-appearance and to ruin their husband’s sex life.
Oh yeah, they go there.
According to the Pearls, if a man cheats on his wife, she must forgive him and try to be a better wife. If a man molests his children, she must forgive him and try to be a better wife. After all, all men are in violation of God’s righteous requirements and his holy character both by nature and act. (pardon my bitchiness here, but I just HAD to un-capitalize the word “his” It’s a fucking pronoun, OK)
Page 79: “A Command Man who has gone bad is likely to be abusive. It is important to remember that much of how a Command Man reacts depends on his wife’s reverence towards him. When a Command Man (lost or saved) is treated with honor and reverence, a good help meet will find that her man will be wonderfully protective and supportive. In most marriages, the strife is not because the man is cruel or evil; it is because he expects respect, and is not getting it. When a wife plays her part as a help meet, the Command Man will respond differently. Of course, there are a few men who are so cruel and violent that even when the wife is a proper help meet, he will still physically abuse her or the children. In such cases, it would be the duty of the wife to alert the authorities so that they might become the arm of the Lord to do justice.” (Created to be his helpmeet by Debi Pearl)
Here’s a few tidbits, I think they call them Pearls of Wisdom on their ministry site “No Greater Joy” because hurting babies is fun, right?
“It is apparent that most parents never attempt to train a child to obey”
Ahh- nevermind, it sickened me too much to read it all, besides the entirety of it all is so insane that perhaps you should just read it yourself to see how crazy it is.
Their pathetic daughter Rebekah is defending them but the fact is, if the Pearls followed their own advice, all of the abuse would have occurred before she could even speak. Perhaps she didn’t reat the article, you have to torture them when they are BABIES- that way they don’t dare step out of line as they get older. THAT is what they teach.
They had 5 kids, I’m trying to find them all. Shoshanna is one of them, she runs an online herb store she started as a teen. No flashing “we’re the devil” banner, it just makes me want to be sure that I order herbs from a pagan supplier, just to keep the Universe in balance next time.
One of them runs a forum where they give people homeschooling and marriage advice (all based upon complicated biblical bullshit)
My biggest concern here is that they seem so normal, but under the surface is a bubbling roiling hellfire. Their techniques are rooted in evil, yet they’re portraying it as good. Yes, I can hear you already “How can an atheist use the word evil” and I don’t really even know the answer. I could approach it from a child development perspective, a psychological perspective, a medical perspective, a sociological perspective and absolutely every way you look at this beating-of-babies thing, it’s wrong. THAT warrants an evil in my book.
The thing we need to be concerned with is that they seem so normal. Sometimes I think that if one of my kids wante dot marry a Christian, I’d be OK with it. Until I read this crap.
HURTING a baby has got to cause some psychological damage. Surely, anyone who believes this crap is clearly damaged. It’s so… convoluted.
Anyway, I am so glad I vented. I hope these wackos follow the incoming links and hear me out. Although I doubt they’d listen. It’s clearly Evil.