I believe that the “Primary Documents” on Dr. Morin’s website can be broken down into two categories: “Vindicating” and “Damning”; “Vindicating,” because they exonerate Dr. Morin; “Damning,” because they damn Doug Wilson and the Christ Church Judicial Committee (Doug Jones chair), if not the entire Christ Church session of elders. And the most damning document on that website is the December 17, 1993, letter, which Doug Wilson wrote to the CEF congregation on behalf of the CEF elders, but no one ever sent. This is, of course, the letter without signatures. From it, we may draw the following conclusions:
First, Doug Wilson knew that the CEF elders’ letter dated Dec. 5 anticipated a course of action for his removal. Wilson wrote: “And finally, it is important to note that no action anticipated in the Dec. 5 letter has been implemented.” The “action anticipated in the Dec. 5 letter” can be found by reading pages 11–15 of the letter, which also demonstrate that Wilson had already agreed to the first disciplinary sanction imposed upon him.
Second, Wilson knew that the CEF elders did not make “a proposal only,” in the Dec. 5 letter, because he would have reinforced this point in the Dec. 17 letter, to reassure the congregation, if not himself. Moreover, since Wilson is a master at implying things (as Pooh recently noted), we may conclude that Wilson implied as much in the Dec. 17 letter as he thought he could slip past the CEF elders, which precluded him from using the word “proposal.” He knew better than to play one note, out of context, from the cover letter, while he ignored the symphony within the letter.
Third, we may conclude that Wilson wanted the CEF elders to endorse the letter; we may also conclude that they either refused to sign it, or that he did not bother to ask for their signatures because he knew they would refuse. If he did request their signatures and they said “No,” then their refusal constituted yet another rebuke. And if he did not ask for signatures, then he acted with calculated premeditation to craft a “Get Out of Jail Free” card, just in case he ever needed it. Either way, Wilson knew that the CEF elders did not sign the Dec. 17 letter, which he wrote.
Fourth, since Doug Wilson knew that the CEF elders did not sign the letter, we may conclude that he deliberately misled the Church Judicial Committee (Doug Jones chair), when he delivered it to them. At that point, Wilson crossed the line that separates misrepresentation from deception. He lied.
Fifth, the Christ Church Judicial Committee (Doug Jones chair) knew that the CEF elders did not sign the copy of the Dec. 17 letter, which Doug Wilson wrote and delivered to them. And despite the missing signatures, the Christ Church Judicial Committee (Doug Jones chair) repeated the lies that Doug Wilson told them, making multiple false representations about Dr. Morin, in reliance upon a phony document. In other words, they slandered Dr. Morin. Worse yet, after they got caught in their fraud, they waited four months to offer him an insulting apology.
Finally, we may conclude that Doug Wilson (as well as the Christ Church Judicial Committee, Doug Jones chair) should be removed from office immediately. Yesterday Wilson blogged:If the pastor did pilfer from the offering, his motives may be pastorally relevant, but they are not relevant to whether he should be deposed from office. And if he was falsely accused of doing this by a deacon, the fact that the deacon did it out of envy is pastorally relevant, but it is not relevant to whether he should be removed from the diaconate for his slander.
In this case, we see that Wilson slandered Dr. Morin, and he fabricated a document to authenticate his slander. Moreover, Wilson committed fraud and slander in capacity of his office as pastor. Therefore, Wilson’s motives for slandering Dr. Morin are “not relevant to whether he should be removed from the [pastorate] for his slander,” because the Lord Jesus Christ declares, “For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned” (Matt. 12:37). And that’s as damning as it gets.
Friday, February 03, 2006
I’m still hoping Wilson will be willing to respond to my request that he explain the letter he wrote for the elders in 1993 without signatures; I don’t want those following this and looking at the primary documents to miss the full weight of the explanation Wilson has. I just got an email from a friend explaining what he thinks is damning evidence against Wilson, beyond a reasonable doubt. Instead of arguing about whether or not my blog stinks, perhaps Wilson or others could shed some light on the prima facie case others are furthering against Doug Wilson (i.e. he lied, deceived, politicked, etc). Enjoy the read, it gives you a good feel for the kind of bitterness, irrationality, and evil those on The Outside of the Kirk are capable of:
Posted by Brown Derby at 7:25 PM