Monday, September 08, 2014

Patheos blogger appears to recycle material published in July 2014 at Wenatchee The Hatchet while not discussing much about the recent campus closures or financial crisis at Mars Hill (i.e. attribution sure would have been polite)

One can only wonder where Libby Anne managed to find the jpg featured in a post published today that is getting a weird amount of traction for not being news. 

For instance, check out the jpg over there.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/lovejoyfeminism/2014/09/pastor-mark-driscoll-called-women-penis-homes.html

Compare the jpg you'll see at this link ...

http://wp.production.patheos.com/blogs/lovejoyfeminism/files/2014/09/Driscoll.jpg

To this one below

so ... does the jpg over there resemble this one, possibly?
 
which was published more than a month ago on July 29, 2014 with the rest of the raw text preserved from the thread started by William Wallace II, "Using Your Penis".  The above screenshot was of an html file sent along to Wenatchee The Hatchet earlier this year and isn't even close to the majority of material that was published from the thread.  The rest of the material, such as was preserved and sent to Wenatchee The Hatchet, is over here.

http://wenatcheethehatchet.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-raw-text-no-pun-intended-of-william.html

Something Wenatchee The Hatchet published more than a month ago isn't news at this point, it's history, and it was intended as a history when published here at Wenatchee The Hatchet back on July 29, 2014.  When Wenatchee The Hatchet started publishing Pussified Nation on July 27, 2014 about 10:42pm
http://wenatcheethehatchet.blogspot.com/2014/07/pussified-nation-page-9.html

That was aiming to provide a historic background for Driscoll as William Wallace II so that people could see for themselves what he actually wrote under the pen name instead of just hearing about what he wrote. 

and yet ... over at Salon, it seems ...
http://www.salon.com/2014/09/08/evangelical_megachurch_begins_closing_branches_after_pastor_calls_women_penis_homes/

The advice fits in with Driscoll’s long-apparent, disturbing view of women, examples of which feminist blogger Libby Anne unearthed and posted on Monday. In a 2001 blog post under the pen name William Wallace II, Driscoll blatantly asserts his patriarchal understanding of women’s role in the world, essentially calling them “penis homes”:

and ...

http://time.com/3304861/pastor-mark-driscoll-penis-homes/

But none of this should be news anymore.  The news should be the waves of layoffs, pastoral dismissals in the wake of concerns about problems in the executive leadership culture, and recent campus closures that Wenatchee The Hatchet indicated had to be on the horizon before the closures were announced. 
https://marshill.com/2014/09/07/changes-at-some-of-our-churches
https://marshill.com/2014/09/08/financial-challenges

At the risk of pointing out that the campus closures were suggested as probable by Wenatchee The Hatchet before they were announced ... here's the links to the post of the guess that campus closures would be likely and the post that confirmed that, well, Wenatchee was about half-right ...

http://wenatcheethehatchet.blogspot.com/2014/09/in-light-of-mars-hill-financial.html
http://wenatcheethehatchet.blogspot.com/2014/09/mars-hill-church-downtown-and-u.html

postscript 10.40pm

Wenatchee The Hatchet confesses to starting to get a little annoyed.  The story never was and never will be Driscoll's views on women and gays as long as there's a First Amendment to protect speech from people you or Wenatchee disagree with.  The story is about real estate, real estate acquisition, transparency in finances and the questions about whether there's any real internal or external accountability for a non-profit corporation with about a $35 million budget whose legal president lives in a house in another county than where the majority of his campuses are and is functionally in hiding while questions about the extent of plagiarism in his works and questions about where Mars Hill Global Fund donations have actually gone to and what the salary/compensation package for Mark Driscoll actually is have yet to be clearly answered. 

As long as people keep talking and acting like this is just about one famous guy and not about a set of industries and corporations it's going to be echo chambers of confirmation biases all around.

postscript 2 09-09-2014

There's this other little quirk about the jpg that appeared at the other blog, to the best of Wenatchee The Hatchet's knowledge "Using Your Penis" was never preserved via The WayBack Machine and other archive tools.  The jpg published at Wenatchee The Hatchet was a jpg of a screen capture of an html sent to Wenatchee The Hatchet.  It's not like "Pussified Nation" where the trail via The WayBack Machine makes the original discussion a little easier to find.   As Driscoll clarified earlier this year, he regretted the William Wallace II stunt and had the materials pulled down pretty quickly which, again, means to know that content existed, and "Using Your Penis" in particular, you probably had to be there to know to preserve it. 

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