How can she defend this?
Joy-Anna Duggar and her husband Austin Forsyth are days away from welcoming their first child into the world, but a dark cloud has shaded their happiness. The young couple has become involved in a controversial matter that they can’t escape, even with the good news on the horizon. Now they’re being accused of endorsing child abuse before they’ve even welcomed their new addition. They have yet to speak about the controversy, but their fans are becoming increasingly angry about the situation.
Joy-Anna Duggar has chosen not to speak about her in-laws as she awaits the arrival of her first child. Her husband Austin Forsyth’s family owns the Fort Rock Family Camp and Retreat Center, and the young couple is closely associated with it. Fort Rock has been celebrated by many of the Duggars over the years as a place to mingle with fellow fundamentalist Christians and listen to the ministry of guest speakers.
One married couple that is set to appear at the camp this year is so hated by Christians and non-Christians alike that anyone associated with Fort Rock is being condemned for condoning abuse.
Michael and Debi Pearl have been invited to speak at the camp from June 7-10 and again from Oct. 4-7. They were scheduled to appear by Austin’s father Terry and brother Bobby. Michael and Debi have been promoting their Christian values for the past 20 years, and their teachings about disciplining children have received harsh criticisms.
The Pearls’s book To Raise Up a Child has been lambasted for instructing readers to abuse their children. The book includes punishments like hitting children with plastic tubing, wearing the tubing around your neck to instill fear in the children all the time, making children bathe in cold water, withholding food, and pouring water on children when they have a potty-training accident.
Writer Carolyn Castiglia revealed that three children have been killed by their adoptive parents who were in possession of the book. “[13-year-old] Hana Williams, the most recent victim of the Pearls’ methods, died after having been beaten, starved, and left outside to suffer hypothermia,” she wrote on Babble. She asserted that seven-year-old Lydia Schatz and four-year-old Sean Paddock died under similar circumstances.
In response to being blamed for the children’s deaths, Michael Pearl explained that the parents’ actions were “diametrically opposed” to his philosophy. “It is alleged that Hana’s parents owned a copy of the book; they either did not read it or totally ignored the content. There are hundreds of thousands of parents who have and are properly applying the philosophy of the book with the joyous results of happy, productive, and well-adjusted children,” he wrote on his website.