“Ten Ways the AP Abuse Article Misrepresented the Evidence,” and Other Matters

“Ten Ways the AP Abuse Article Misrepresented the Evidence,” and Other Matters August 24, 2022


a map of the Firth of Clyde
Glasgow is just barely out of the picture of this Wikimedia Commons public domain map of the Firth of Clyde, roughly to the right of Greenock and Dumbarton.


A view of Culzean Castle, well outside of Glasgow, which sits on a cliff overlooking the Firth of Clyde

(Wikimedia Commons public domain image)


I failed to notice four new items that recently appeared on the website of the Interpreter Foundation.  So here they are:


Nibley Lectures: Time Vindicates the Prophets — “Prophets and Philosophers”

Between 7 March 1954 and 17 October 1954, Hugh Nibley delivered a series of thirty weekly lectures on KSL Radio that were also published as pamphlets. The series, called “Time Vindicates the Prophets,” was given in answer to those who were challenging the right of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to call themselves Christians.

This lecture suggests that the Church is the only non-speculative church in a world of speculative churches, which enhances its claim of being a restoration of the primitive church.


Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me Old Testament Lesson 36: “The Fear of the Lord Is the Beginning of Wisdom”: Proverbs 1–4; 15–16; 22; 31; Ecclesiastes 1–3; 11–12

The Interpreter Radio Roundtable for Come, Follow Me Old Testament Lesson 36, “The Fear of the Lord Is the Beginning of Wisdom,” on Proverbs 1–4; 15–16; 22; 31; Ecclesiastes 1–3; 11–12, featured Steve Densley, Matthew Bowen, and Mark Johnson. This roundtable was extracted from the 24 July 2022 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show. The complete show may be heard at https://interpreterfoundation.org/interpreter-radio-show-July-24-2022/.  Moreover, ongoing into the indefinite future, the Interpreter Radio Show can be heard in the Salt Lake Valley every Sunday evening without fail, from 7 to 9 PM (MDT), on K-TALK, AM 1640.  Or, if you’re not in the Salt Lake Valley or have ideological objections to the use of radio, you can listen live on the Internet at ktalkmedia.com.


Interpreter Radio Show — July 24, 2022

In the first hour of this episode of the Interpreter Radio Show, which has now been archived for your listening pleasure and convenience and which has been delivered from the bond of ephemeral commercial and other interruptions, Steve Densley and Matthew Bowen and Mark Johnson talk with Steven L. Olson about his recent Interpreter article about reading the Book of Mormon as literature.  By contrast, the second portion of the show is a roundtable discussing the upcoming Come Follow Me lesson #36 (Proverbs 1–4; 15–16; 22; 31; Ecclesiastes 1–3; 11–12).  Just in case you haven’t been aware of this wonderful fact, the Interpreter Radio Show can be heard weekly on Sunday evenings from 7 to 9 PM (MDT), on K-TALK, AM 1640.  But that’s not all!  You can also listen live on the Internet, from just about anywhere on Planet Earth — we’re still working on North Korea — at ktalkmedia.com.


Come, Follow Me — Old Testament Study and Teaching Helps: Lesson 36, August 29–September 4: Proverbs 1–4; 15–16; 22; 31; Ecclesiastes 1–3; 11–12 — “The Fear of the Lord Is the Beginning of Wisdom”

Once again, Jonn Claybaugh generously shares concise notes about a pending “Come, Follow Me” lesson with students and teachers of the 2022 curriculum of the Church.


The Brig o’Doon in South Ayrshire

(Wikimedia Commons public domain image)


We docked this morning at Greenock, where one of my ancestors lived for a while before he left for Zion and the New World.  Greenock, not too terribly far from Glasgow, is where many of those bound of America set sail over the course of several centuries, and is still an important port.  We spent our time, though, in Ayrshire, which was the home of one of my ancestral lines (including the man who eventually lived for a time in Greenock).  It’s beautiful, rolling, green countryside, rich in cattle and especially in sheep.  It’s also the land of the Scottish national bard, Robert Burns (1759-1796).  (At the very least, everybody knows his “Auld Lang Syne.”)  We first visited Culzean Castle (oddly, its name is pronounced Culleen, with the emphasis on the second syllable), which enjoys a magnificent view of the Firth of Clyde.  After a relatively lengthy look around the grounds and inside the castle, we drove over to the nearby Robert Burns Museum and to his birthplace cottage, including also a stroll over to the Auld Kirk (the ruined “Old Church” of Alloway) and to the famous Brig o’Doon, a late medieval bridge spanning the River Doon.  The bridge plays a crucial role in the dramatic and nearly fatal encounter — narrated in a famous Burns poem — between a local citizen called Tam o’Shanter, who is somewhat the worse for drink, and the devil and a group of witches.  It also supplies the pivotal scene in the completely different plot of the 1947 Lerner and Lowe Broadway musical Brigadoon and of the 1954 American musical film of the same name.


Alloway’s “Auld Kirk”: Image from Mary and Angus Hogg / Whare Ghaists And Houlets Nightly Cry / CC BY-SA 2.0


On a completely different subject:  I’m pretty far removed from the controversy in Arizona that involves the sexual abuse of children and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I have no special information on it or privileged insight into it.  But I recognize the importance of the issues that it raises.  This article by Jacob Z. Hess, which recently appeared in Public Square Magazine, is well worth the attention of anybody who is following or opining on the topic.  (By the way, the two aren’t necessarily the same thing.)  I commend it to your notice:


“Ten Ways the AP Abuse Article Misrepresented the Evidence:  I was surprised by how many discrepancies I found when comparing Rezendes’ AP article with the actual court documents. Here is a comprehensive list of contrasts between the two.”


Moreover, for the sake of completeness and because I think clear thinking and sound information on this subject so vitally important, I again provide the nine relevant links that I’ve previously shared here:


“Should a member of the clergy report sex abuse of the penitent? A look inside the priest-penitent privilege”

“Church Provides Further Details about the Arizona Abuse Case: Church outlines its feelings on abuse and how a recent Associated Press story got it wrong”

“What the bishops knew: Church releases details, timeline about Arizona sex abuse case”

“Church Offers Statement on Help Line and Abuse: Church responds to recent Associated Press article about the Church’s abuse help line”

“Are Publicized Abuse Cases Exceptional or Representative of Our Faith? Responses to key questions regarding the Associated Press report alleging attempts to cover up sexual abuse cases in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints”

“Perspective: I survived abuse. I worked for the church’s help line. The AP story broke my heart: No child should have to suffer what those sisters went through. Heroes are working to help stop this sickening abuse”

“Reporting Abuse, Church Helpline, & the Bishop | An Interview with Jennifer Roach”

“Reflections on Abuse, Reporting, and the Church”

“Failure to Report Sexual Abuse—Bisbee, Arizona: 37 Primary Sources”


Posted from the Firth of Clyde, alongside the Isle of Arran



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