I Am Doug Wilson’s Dead Rat Behind the Fridge

Posted by Jeff Hutchinson 

Doug Wilson’s recent post is something I felt should be answered for the record. I do not intend for the tone of this blog post to be inflammatory.  I do ask for your patience and forbearance.

In his post, “Dead Rat Behind the Fridge,” Doug Wilson charges certain men in the PCA with having done certain ugly things.  Who is Wilson talking about; who is he charging?  In his post he charges:

*  the “PCA men who have misrepresented my doctrinal views in their books, articles, reports, and blogs;”
*  the “bureaucratic insiders” and “gatekeepers” in the PCA;
*  the “leaders among the FV critics;
*  the “many established leaders with names among our critics;”
*  the “men in charge of the crusade against the FV.”

With what does he charge this collection of persons?  He charges them with:

*  “citing anonymous attack blogs as credible sources;”
*  “demonstrating that they believe (anonymous attack blogs) sufficiently
authoritative;”
*  “demonstrat(ing) in public that they are prepared to accept, and have accepted,
anonymous testimony;”
*  “sneeveling around with slanderous accusations circulated by anonymous and lying
cowards;”
*  producing “crap.”

For the record, let me review what happened last week (see also last week’s post,
“P2: A Peacemaker Speaks, Part Two”).

1. Doug Wilson had been making (and continues to make) comments on the internet about the PCA, her officers, and her Standing Judicial Commission, that some of us believe to be injudicious.
2. Ruling Elder Bob Mattes spoke out publicly against those comments.
3. Bob Mattes and his Session then received a series of communications from an elder of Doug Wilson’s church, Mike Lawyer, which Bob believed represented an inappropriate attack, perhaps intended to silence his speaking out against Doug Wilson’s injudicious comments about the PCA.
4. I decided to write a post here at Greenbagginses exposing this inappropriate attack upon Bob (the post entitled, “And So It Begins,” which has since been removed from the website).  I did this without being asked by anyone, in fact, without getting even one other person’s advice ahead of time as to whether I should write my post.

In retrospect, it would have been wise for me to have run my proposed post by a few trusted folks first.  They would have most likely helped me with the “temperature” of my post.  I do apologize for having unnecessarily inflamed an already tense situation, having gone ahead with a post unedited by anyone else, and I do ask everyone’s forgiveness.  Please forgive me.

5. I wrote the “And So It Begins” post because I thought Mr. Lawyer’s communications with Bob to be vile lies and threats, and because I thought Mr. Lawyer’s action represented an example of a pattern of such attacks experienced by others who have voiced opposition to Rev. Wilson, a pattern that I believe to have been long established by the investigative reporting of journalists from WORLD Magazine, Presbyterian and Reformed News, and even the New York Times, among others, not to mention Doug Wilson’s own words on his own blog about those who have opposed him.
6. In addition, I indicated that other, more questionable, and less easily verifiable reports exist as well, that may also indicate the presence of a pattern.  I then allowed comments (some of which included links to articles and primary documents) to be posted on Greenbagginses, with appropriate warnings, for those who might choose to read the articles and documents, as to reading with godly discernment.

This is the series of events to which Doug Wilson was referring when he wrote his blog post, “Dead Rat Behind the Fridge.”  This and this alone.  This website and my post.

In other words, I am Doug Wilson’s #1 dead rat behind the fridge. 

Except for Bob Mattes, who perhaps was following my lead, no one else among the large group of men that Doug Wilson charges, allowed links to be posted to the internet articles and primary documents that various commenters forwarded to us, on this blog or anywhere else that I am aware of.  No one else.  I and Bob were the only ones who did that. Not Lane. Not Reed. Not David. No one else.  Certainly not anyone in the PCA who has written “books, articles, or reports” about the FV.  And certainly not anyone on the SJC!

There are not scores of dead rats behind the fridge.  There is one dead rat, two if you count Bob (Bob, don’t let anyone ever tell you that you don’t count!).

To conclude, three final things, for the record:

First, I do think it is helpful for Doug Wilson’s charges to be directed, less like a shotgun at scores of men, and more like a rifle at me.  And so, for the record, I think it is important to remind the honest reader that I did not do the sorts of things Doug charges me with.  To him, I am the dead rat behind the fridge, but the facts are not as he represents them.  I did not “cite anonymous attack blogs as credible sources;” I did not “demonstrate that I believe (anonymous attack blogs) sufficiently authoritative” (nor do I believe that, whether or not I “demonstrated” it); I did not “demonstrate in public that I am prepared to accept, and have accepted, anonymous testimony” (nor have I or would I, whether or not I “demonstrated” that); I have not been “sneeveling around with slanderous accusations circulated by anonymous and lying cowards;” nor was my post “crap.”

Second, what I did had nothing to do with some sort of “strategy” against the FV; it had to do with the much simpler matter of defending a friend against a malicious attack.

Third–and I would be glad to be corrected about this one–neither Mike Lawyer nor Doug Wilson have apologized to Bob for their attacks upon him [UPDATE; 12/7:  Bob Mattes’ recent post here reports the good news of Mike’s gracious and humble apology, and Mike’s and Bob’s reconciliation], though I believe they have removed the letter Mike Lawyer wrote from the internet, which is certainly a good first step.

Finally, I feel this provides an adequate conclusion to my dealings with Doug Wilson.  As such, I have turned comments off on this post.  Thank you for your patience and forbearance and prayers.

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