Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar face backlash for supporting book linked to extreme child abuse
The reality couple's daughter Joy-Anna Duggar's in-laws are hosting the controversial authors in their retreat center
Reality star Joy-Anna Duggar found herself in a difficult spot after her husband Austin Forsyth's parents decided to host a controversial couple at their Fort Rock Family Camp and Retreat Center.
The 20-year-old who stars in the reality show Counting On, a series based on the lives of her and her siblings, faced the heat when her in-laws announced that Michael and Debi Pearl, known for advocating corporal punishment among kids would speak at the center.
To add fuel to the fire, her parents, reality stars Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar also encouraged the disputed session that is supposed to take place twice - from June 7-10 and October 4-7, reported Radar Online.
Michael, 66 and Debbi, 60, in an earlier report in the New York Times, said that the training methods mentioned in their book, To Train Up A Child, will actually help teenagers be happy and content in their lives when done in the right way. They also added that the parents who accused the methods of being abusive were unhinged. The instructions suggest using a quarter-inch flexible plumbing pipe and other similar gear on the children.
The Pearls' have linked to death and abuses of many children, reported the publication.
The event was posted by Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar on their Facebook page and people were furious. One user reportedly wrote, "The Pearls literally promote hitting babies, actual babies. They are child abusers. Why you would promote their evil and cruel practices is mind-boggling."
Another user felt that this was a promotion of child abuse. "Why are you promoting child abuse? I hope every single one of you participating in the Pearls’ abusive ways is arrested and spend significant time in prison. Those poor Duggar children."
Michael, in response to the anger against them and their preachings, told Radar Online, "The book has sold well over 1 million copies. A lot of families are being blessed by the content. They say it’s the best thing that ever happened to their family, including grown people who were raised with the principles in that book. Those adults are now training their children."
He also added that he did not know the Duggars. "I don’t know the Duggars. I met Jim Bob once."
Wonder why the Duggars are so keen on the speech? Mysterious.
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