“A worthless man digs up evil, while his words are like scorching fire.” Proverbs 16:27
The spirit of accusation has once again possessed Pastor Douglas Wilson of Christ Church, Moscow, in his attempt to smear the reputations of those who have wisely left the Kirk. He titled the blog attack Jezehellsbells and it is a primer on what happens to those brave who defy him in an open forum. As you read the text, please remember that the witnesses to the events described by Mr. Wilson deny his narrative.
Mr. Wilson rarely misses an opportunity to brutally blog-flog people with falsehoods to discredit, humiliate, and ultimately silence them. He often favors the despicable technique of presenting a lie as an undisputed fact while mendaciously attributing the source of his fabrication to his unfortunate target. The authors of CREC Memes are correct when they wrote, “This is a warning to all the people who are anonymous. This is what Doug will do to you if you use your name.”
Actually, it’s that and more. Mr. Wilson served notice yesterday to all of Steven Sitler’s victims who participated in the unprecedented stonewall of silence and who may be tempted to break rank. Mr. Wilson showed them exactly what he will do to them if they ever speak up. He will make them regret ever opening their mouths. He wrote,
My prayer for Natalie really is that she might find peace and true healing, and find it soon. . . . Linking to these videos is not retaliation, and it is not provocative. It is not gasoline on the fire. This is the kind of thing I have been laboring to prevent, not for my own sake but for the sake of others. I told Natalie in an email a while ago that it was not possible to dig up half a corpse. But if you insist, if you demand, if you keep it up, if you finally get your story on Jezebel, the rest of the corpse comes too. So this is where we now are. You wanted the whole story, and we are almost there.
It’s difficult to reconcile Mr. Wilson’s prayer for Natalie with the vicious things that he wrote about her, her father, and her husband. However, he apparently did warn her when he wrote, “I told Natalie in an email a while ago that it was not possible to dig up half a corpse. But if you insist . . . if you finally get your story on Jezebel, the rest of the corpse comes too.” The words “the rest of the corpse” mean “all of the smear I can muster.”
And it is smear unless Mr. Wilson can explain what the videos have to do with Mr. Wilson blame-shifting Jamin Wight’s responsibility for his crimes onto Natalie’s parents. It is a malicious act unless Mr. Wilson can explain what the videos have to do with Mr. Wilson sitting with Jamin Wight instead of Natalie when the court sentenced him for his crimes. It is a wicked libel because its intended effect is consistent with Mr. Wilson’s threat to publish Natalie’s private journal — the same journal that the court sealed to protect Natalie from people like Pastor Doug Wilson of Christ Church, Moscow.And it is as foul a smear as Mr. Wilson could contrive because his minions have been cryptically gloating about Wes Petersen’s performance art for the last few weeks. On November 2, Darren Doane, a Golden Raspberry-winning writer & director as well as Mr. Wilson’s personal filmmaker, sent me a one-word tweet that I did not capture. It said, #bridge. In hindsight we know he was referring to one of the performance art vids called “The Bridge.” You can see screenshots of some of his other tweets by clicking the image on the right1 (Mr. Doane scrubbed all his tweets last week). Note the hashtag #reveal. This refers to the other video, which is titled “Reveal.”
So Mr. Wilson and his acolytes have been itching to link to the performance art videos because they apparently believe there is a moral equivalence between videos that are legal and serial rape of a 13-year-old girl, which is evil and illegal. But there is no moral equivalence despite Mr. Wilson’s impotent efforts otherwise. Moreover, Mr. Wilson’s behavior reveals his pastoral deficits and proves the wisdom of Solomon who wrote, “An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire” (Proverbs 16:27).
Finally, do not miss this, because yesterday Mr. Wilson warned Natalie that he has not disinterred everything. More corpse remains: “You wanted the whole story, and we are almost there.” The four words “we are almost there” mean that Mr. Wilson still possesses a rotten limb or two that he’s prepared to post on the web. And he’s ready to do this because his “prayer for Natalie really is that she might find peace and true healing, and find it soon.”