Saturday, December 24, 2011

No Greater Joy

No Greater Joy Ministries has almost 10000 fans.

It also has a body count.  This fall, Hana Grace-Rose Williams became the third child killed by parents who used the Pearls' book "To Train Up a Child."  The first two were Sean Paddock and Lydia Schatz.  Not too surprisingly, Michael Pearl has denied any responsibility and claimed that the actions of the parents were "diametrically opposed" to his group's teaching.

Oh really?  Let's take a look at a video of the Pearls in action teaching parents how to use "the rod."  Given that the YouTube video contains original commentary and excerpts, it appears to fall under the definition of "fair use."  But given that the Pearls filed a copyright claim to get an earlier version of the video taken off YouTube, we can assume that they've basically admitted that the videos do indeed depict them and things that they've said.


  1. Awesome post... Thanks for risking the DMCA.

  2. No problem. The YouTube video really does appear to be fair use, and therefore legal. I thought that using a copyright claim to get a copy taken down from YouTube was a dumb move on NGJ's part, because they basically admitted that the video excerpts were authentic.