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The Duggar Family Received Major Backlash After Supporting an Abusive Pastor and His Wife on Facebook
More Duggar drama! Apparently, the family is promoting a very controversial pastor, and ‘Counting On’ fans are not happy about it.
Things got a little sketchy a few months back, when Derick and Jill Dillard were accused of using “blanket training”- a controversial method offered by Michael Pearl and his wife Debi.
The method recommends that parents use corporal punishment to “train” children to obey their parents. Babies are placed on a blanket, and if they try to roll over or escape the edge of the blanket, parents are instructed to hit their child with some type of instrument like a ruler until the child no longer tries to venture off.
It’s believed that Michelle Duggar used “blanket training” for her 19 children, and it’s an extremely sensitive subject for many parents who disagree with the method.
Well, the Duggars are at it again- this time the family posted a link on their Facebook page, encouraging their followers to join them at a retreat known as Fort Rock Family Camp. The Pearls are set to be at this event as well.
After the Pearls published their book, “To Train Up a Child — Child Training for the 21st Century”, the couple has garnered a fair amount of negative publicity, as the book appears to encourage corporal punishment (blanket training included). In 2011, The New York Times reported that three children had died because of parents who utilized the Pearl’s book.
Other alarming training techniques from the book include pulling an infant’s hair if it bites during breastfeeding, spanking, and even withholding food.
"This makes me so sad. The Pearls literally promote hitting babies, actual babies," one Facebook user wrote. "They are child abusers. Why you would promote their evil and cruel practices is mind boggling."
"Please stop promoting the Pearls!” another Facebook user urged. “I know your family thinks he's teaching biblical discipline but he's absolutely wrong. Don't let your love of Jesus blind you to this."
The comment section was flooded with responses of this nature. It seemed that parents from all over were horrified that anyone could support the Pearls. This is certainly not a good look for the Duggar family, and truth be told, they need to be seen in a positive light more than ever these days. If you recall, Derick Dillard was fired from 'Counting On' just last year for his transphobic comments, and no matter how hard the family tries to sweep the molestation allegations under the rug, followers of the show will continue to question the family's methods and hypocrisy.
With all of this negative feedback, hopefully the Duggars will reconsider promoting this couple!