The Tennessee-based No Greater Joy ministry teaches conservative Christian parents how to train submissive children. How, you ask? The ministry instructs parents that a length of quarter-inch plumbing supply line is a "real attention-getter," and that a proper spanking leaves a child without breath to complain, Salon reports. Recently, seven-year-old Lydia Schatz died after allegedly taking a few rounds with a "real attention-getter." Her parents are expected to enter a plea on Thursday, according to Salon:
According to the authorities, forceful and numerous whippings, apparently with plumbing line, may have caused tissue breakdown so massive that Lydia's vital organs could no longer function. The Schatzes also face torture and abuse charges for significant injuries sustained by Lydia's also-adopted sister Zariah, 11, who was hospitalized in critical condition, as well as for extensive bruising on a 10-year-old biological son.
There's outrage all around, of course, including within the conservative Christian community. What I can't get past is the use of quarter-inch plumbing supply line as a discipline tool. How does a loving parent get into the mindset that this kind of abuse is okay? No Greater Joy ministry brought in $1.8 million last year in sales of books, DVDs, etc.