Wednesday, March 02, 2016

one for documenting breath-taking failures in journalism, Charisma magazine lists a plaintiff in the recently filed RICO suit against Driscoll and Turner as a defendant
10:30AM EST 3/2/2016 Jessilyn Justice
The Seattle Times reports the lawsuit alleges Driscoll and Turner used church money to fund Driscoll's book Real Marriage.  

Defendant Brian Jacobsen launched a GoFundMe page last April to fund the suit. 

What's so ridiculous about the piece is that while Justice names Jacobsen as a defendant after having linked to the Seattle Times, the Seattle Times article said:

The lawsuit could set an interesting precedent. Brian Fahling, an attorney representing plaintiffs Brian and Connie Jacobsen and Ryan and Arica Kildea [emphasis added], two married couples, said he knew of only one other lawsuit involving racketeering allegations against religious figures.

I already thought Charisma was pretty much worthless in journalistic terms but this kind of mistake is breath-takingly bad even from them.

This article does quite a bit better.

Although, there's no allegedly about the William Wallace II pseudonym Driscoll took up.

Mark Driscoll,  Zondervan
copyright (c) 2006 by Mark Driscoll
ISBN-13: 978-0-310-27016-4
350-1,000 people

At this time, our church also started an unmoderated discussion board on our website, called Midrash, and it was being inundated with postings by emerging-church type feminists and liberals. I went onto the site and posted as William Wallace II, after the great Scottish man portrayed in the movie Braveheart, and attacked those who were posting. It got insane, and thousands of posts were being made each day until it was discovered that it was me raging like a madman under the guise of a movie character. One guy got so mad that he actually showed up at my house to fight me one night around 3 a.m.
Since contributors to Think Progress might understandably not have Driscoll books laying around that "allegedly" is a relatively safe way of phrasing things.  For those who want to read all of the preserved writings of William Wallace II that managed to be preserved there's a tag here for you.

and for the contents of "Pussified Nation" and a social/historical survey of what was going on here in the Seattle area at Mars Hill when Driscoll instigated the thread ... here's a set of tagged posts for that.

Or you can go back to posts from July 27, 2014 and read them in whatever order you like 
"Using your penis", which was in many respects crazier than "Pussified Nation", was published here on July 29, 2014
it has a partial screen cap and the text was from a text file someone saved of the rambling conversation that Wenatchee The Hatchet preserved.

So there's no doubt Mark Driscoll took the name William Wallace II.  Since we've hit the tenth anniversary of Confessions of a Reformission Rev this year, it was worth pointing out earlier this month that while many have asserted that Mark Driscoll apologized for the stuff he said under the pen name William Wallace II this wasn't the case. He didn't actually say or write that he was sorry for what he said in substance, he may have expressed some remorse over his tone. The following post explored what Driscoll and others actually said about the Pussified Nation/Dead Men era and there was more talk about gay guys going straight; God drawing straight lines with crooked sticks; and Mark talking about the great stuff God did back in the day than expressing any regrets about the substance of what Driscoll said under his pen name.

While Christians have too often been skeptical about secular/progressive coverage (which has had more than its share of mistakes reporting things about Mars Hill, to be sure), it's shameful that Charisma could botch a statement about the recently filed RICO suit that's so basic anyone who actually looked at the filing could see Jacobsen was listed as a plaintiff and not a defendant.

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