I Was Dead Wrong, Part 2
On 10-13-06 I wrote the following after a lengthy and disappointing “discussion” at Barlow Farms (as posted here in the Wood):
This is nothing different from Doug Phillips new approach to debate and publicity. And recall, Phillips was helping cover up RC Sproul Jr’s defrocking as well, and apparently was giving Ligonier counsel over the last month. . .
In my follow up to this, I wrote the following:
And so, what we see here is a perfect illustration of how bad men in power stay in power; foolish men, jealous for the status of the cult-personalities they follow and the comfortable familiarity of their pet worlds such cult personalities create, unjustly continue in willful ignorance and hypocritically attack those attempting to seek objective, rational discourse, e.g. involving confirmed facts, evidence, arguments, and primary documents. Those who seek any form of accountability once accountability is clearly needed are ridiculed, maligned, and their character assassinated. And yet, the foolish man, being the fool he is, comes to discover that the engagement in these very tactics inevitably proves the rightness of the one seeking to hold the cult-personality accountable. If the claims of the one seeking accountability are obviously false, then the defender of the cult-personality could easily point this out. If they are true and the one seeking accountability has evidence, then what you rather see is the hypocrisy, irrationality, and ad hom attacks that you have just graced us with here.
I therefore wanted to let you know that the BCA statement firmly denied the allegation that Phillips was giving Ligonier counsel over the law suit, and Matthew Chancey has claimed to investigate this allegation independently and found it entirely false. And there has been no forthcoming evidence for the contrary from MW. Chancey wrote:
My private research has revealed beyond a shadow of a doubt that there was no contact between Phillips or any member of the Vision Forum staff with the Ligonier staff concerning the lawsuit against Frank Vance, Jennifer Epstein, or anything related to the Ligonier controversy. In reality, there has been very little contact between the two staffs whatsoever. Doug Phillips once shared a podium with R.C. Sproul, Sr, but that’s essentially it.
Thus, one more happy day in the Wood where I get the exhilaration of being wrong with my big sniffer-roo (as Tigger might say). Like I said, “If the claims of the one seeking accountability are obviously false, then the defender of the cult-personality could easily point this out.” Phillips’ successful response to allegations and his friends’ independent confirmation of this fact has certainly confirmed the truth of this theory. However, Pooh blushes still; that was a claim I had no independent evidence for. . . it was a long discussion.
See how easy it is dear kirkers? I know it has been a year; but its never too late to put all this behind us. Wouldn’t it be great for me to have a post three weeks from now titled “I Was Dead Wrong About Doug Wilson, Part 985″?