Is Pearl Responsible for Children's Deaths?
In 2010, 7-year-old Lydia Schatz was found dead after her parents, Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz, whipped her for hours -- with pauses for prayer. The Schatzes are now serving time in prison. Kevin Schatz was convicted of second degree murder, and Elizabeth was convicted of voluntary manslaughter.
Christian fundamentalist pastor Michael Pearl's controversial book,"To Train Up a Child," was found in the Schatz home. In his book, Pearl claims that God wants you to spank your kids. The district attorney in the Schatz case said Pearl's book was often read and passages were underlined.
Anderson asks Pearl,"Do you believe you have any responsibility here for what these other families did?"
"Absolutely not," says Pearl."My responsibility is to keep families from abusing their children. There are about 170 children every year killed by their parents through abuse or neglect. Out of every 75 children, our book is in the home of one of those homes (sic)."
How does this make you feel? Do you think Pearl has any responsibility in the Schatz child's death, and others you learned about on today's show?
Is spanking an acceptable form of discipline? When does spanking cross the line to become abuse? Continue the conversation.