Who Would Jesus Sue?

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Four years ago, when we first started blogging, we never imagined that a unorganized group of bloggers would band together to begin to address long overlooked issues of abuse within the panoply of evangelicalism.  We are astonished how common cause, bonded by a mutual love of Jesus, would cause a cohesiveness previously unimaginable..We transcend denominational lines and are currently concerned about alleged abuse in Sovereign Grace Ministries and Calvary Chapel. A small group of us will be meeting in North Carolina to discuss our mutual concern about domestic violence and the church. We are investigating how we can be of help and support to one another as well as those who cross our path with difficult stories.

A couple of days ago, TWW's editors were accused of not being trained professional journalists. I said that we were not professional journalists. But, there is no question that were are journalists of a sort. People tell us their stories and we write about them. We make no bones about our biases and, in so doing, are perhaps more honest than many of the so-called "professional" journalists. 

When challenged about our agenda, I replied that our agenda is love. We exist to help victims affected by the church. The working word is "victims." We provide a supportive community for those hurt by the church. We even have an E Church that is geared to those, who for any reason, need a safe place to worship.

Last night, we were presented by an amazing website, Who Would Jesus Sue link which is going to bat for Alex and Paul Grenier as well as Tim Taylor. This site instructs concerned readers on how to get involved via email, media contacts, twitter, Facebook. etc. The techniques introduced can be used, and most likely will be, for other causes as well. They even have a tee shirt for sale "Nothing Says Jesus Loves You Like a Lawsuit." The logo is pictured above.

Our good friend, Julie Anne Smith, will be their media spokesperson. Go Julie Anne!  The Anti-Slapp preliminary decision is expected to occur on 2/25. You can read more about this at the website. We have received permission to reprint their material. We would love your feedback and suggestions. 

So, today we present the "how to" page of this site.  We will also post a separate short post on Singles to get us going on that subject.


The following is a call to action. It details a very specific plan to bring awareness to the Calvary Chapel pastor Bob Grenier’s lawsuit against his son. This awareness will be created through a social media blitz. This blitz will begin on Thursday, February 21, starting at 9 am PST.

Here is a brief summary of the lawsuit:

The plaintiffs are Bob Grenier, pastor of Calvary Chapel Visalia, California, and his wife, Gayle. They are represented by Nick A. Pritchett of Williams, Jordan, Brodersen & Pritchett LLP of Visalia. The defendants are Tim Taylor, a former member of Calvary Chapel Visalia, and Alex Grenier, a step-son of Bob/son of Gayle. Tim lives in Visalia and Alex lives in Idaho. They are represented by Paul Clifford of the California Anti-SLAPP Project.

This is a defamation lawsuit, filed October 17, 2012, where the plaintiffs allege that the defendants committed “Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress,” “Defamation,” and “Conspiracy to Defame.” Bob Grenier claims to be an innocent victim of their “cyber-bullying hate campaign.” The plaintiffs are asking for an award “of exemplary and punitive damages.” The defendants view this as a legal maneuver by the plaintiffs and by Bob Grenier in particular to intimidate and silence them and others from speaking out against sexual abuse, physical abuse, and ecclesiastical corruption they allege he perpetrated.

** The decision on this case has momentous ramifications for First Amendment rights as “citizen journalist” bloggers and spiritual abuse survivors organize and speak out against ecclesiastical abusers. **

To read more about the case, visit http://www.calvarychapelabuse.com/.

Please join us in this campaign on Thursday to speak out and speak loudly about a pastor’s attempt to silence the son he abused. By joining together online throughout Thursday and beyond, we can make our voices unite and make our voices heard

This call to action has two parts. Part One is Twitter tactics; Part Two is Facebook tactics.

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Part One: Twitter

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Note: if you aren’t familiar with Twitter, Spiritual Sounding Board provides a good summary of how to use it — http://spiritualsoundingboard.com/proactive-response-to-abuse/.

Summary of Twitter Tactics:

1. End all tweets with #WhoWouldJesusSue.

2. Tweet at Calvary Chapel (@CalvaryChapel) and Bob Grenier (@Bobgrenier).

3. Tweet the story to prominent Christian leaders.

4. Tweet the story to news outlets.

5. Tweet throughout the day of the blitz as often as you can. Use a variety of these Twitter tactics.

6. If you have multiple Twitter accounts, use them all.

7. Include a link to current coverage of the lawsuit in some of your tweets.

8. Tweet the story to specific people who follow you, asking them to retweet (RT).

Detailed Version of Twitter Tactics:

1. End all Tweets with #WhoWouldJesusSue.

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2. Tweet at Calvary Chapel (@CalvaryChapel) and Bob Granier (@Bobgrenier).

By ending all Tweets with the same hashtag, we will create a unified feed that can be traced easily and (hopefully) consequently trend. That’s Twitter-speak for going viral. And by Tweeting @ Calvary Chapel and Bob Grenier, they will have no choice but to hear our voices.

If you don’t know what exactly to Tweet, or are new to Twitter, here a few examples of good things to Tweet. (You are even welcome to copy and paste these, or use them as templates to create your own messages.) The following 8 examples all fit within Twitter’s word limit.

a. Pretty sure if Jesus sued, it would be the hypocritical religious leaders and pastors of today.#WhoWouldJesusSue @CalvaryChapel

b. Nothing says Jesus loves you like a pastor suing you for speaking out about abuse.#WhoWouldJesusSue @CalvaryChapel http://tinyurl.com/bba3p8n

c. Standing with survivors of abuse. #WhoWouldJesusSue @CalvaryChapelhttp://tinyurl.com/bba3p8n

d. @CalvaryChapel Even secular orgs demand leaves of absence until abuse claims are resolved. #whowouldjesussue http://tinyurl.com/bba3p8n

e. As Jesus said, “Blessed are those who sue their sons, for they shall silence the accusations.”#whowouldjesussue @CalvaryChapel@Bobgrenier

f. So lawsuits are the new turning-the-other-cheek?#whowouldjesussue #abuse@CalvaryChapel @Bobgrenier http://tinyurl.com/bba3p8n

g. Jerry Sandusky considers legal switch to Nick Pritchett citing@bobgrenier’s success.http://calvarychapelabuse.com/wordpress/?p=1646 … #whowouldjesussue

h. @CalvaryChapel and @Bobgrenier, heard about the Streisand effect? #whowouldjesussuehttp://tinyurl.com/bba3p8n

3. Tweet the story to prominent Christian leaders.

Tweet what’s going on @ Christian leaders, in the hopes that they will share the story and stand up for what’s right.

What to Tweet (fill in blank with the Twitter handle of the leader): @_____________, please take a public stand against pastors suing their kids to hide abuse. http://tinyurl.com/bba3p8n #whowouldjesussue

The following is a small example list of Christian leaders and their actual Twitter accounts. You can Tweet at these people and/or others. Remember: you don’t have to necessarily agree with the person you Tweet at. You’re just trying to get the message heard.

T.D. Jakes, @BishopJakes

Michael Farris, @michaelfarris

Gregg Harris, @GreggEHarris

Joshua Harris, @HarrisJosh

John Piper, @JohnPiper

Jeremy Camp, @jeremycamp

Joel Osteen, @JoelOsteen

Billy Graham, @BillyGraham

Bill Hybels, @Bill Hybels

Joyce Meyer, @JoyceMeyer

James Dobson, @DrJamesCDobson

Rob Bell, @realrobbell

Luis Palau, @LuisPalauLive

Rick Warren, @RickWarren

Chuck Swindoll, @chuckswindoll

John MacArthur, @johnmacarthur

Beth Moore, @BethMooreLPM

Donald Miller, @donaldmiller

4. Tweet the story to news outlets.

Tweet what’s going on @ media groups, in the hopes that they will pick up the story.

What to Tweet (fill in blank with the Twitter handle of the media group): @_____________, please cover the story of a @CalvaryChapel pastor suing his kid to hide abuse. http://tinyurl.com/bba3p8n#whowouldjesussue

The following is a small example list of media outlets and their actual Twitter accounts. You can Tweet at them and/or others.

OC Weekly, @OCWeekly

The Christian Post, @ChristianPost

Relevant Magazine, @RelevantMag

Christianity Today, @CTmagazine

Baptist Press, @baptistpress

Christian Press News, @ChristianPress

Prodigal Magazine, @Prodigal

The Raw Story, @RawStory

The Daily Beast, @thedailybeast

The Atlantic, @TheAtlantic

Conor Friedersdorf, @conor64

Fox News, @FoxNews

Fox News Hannity, @hannityshow

Fox News Opinion, @fxnopinion

Fox News Politics, @foxnewspolitics

Stephen Colbert, @StephenAtHome

The Daily Show, @TheDailyShow

CNN, @CNN

CNN Breaking News, @cnnbrk

CNN Politics, @CNNPolitics

Anderson Cooper, @andersoncooper

New York Times, @nytimes

New York Times Live, @nytlive

Margaret Sullivan, @Sulliview

Mark Oppenheimer, @markopp1

5. Tweet throughout the day of the blitz as often as you can. Use a variety of these Twitter tactics.

Just remember to space out your Twitter posts. And don’t focus on just one person or media group. You don’t want to have your account suspended for being “spam.” Be smart in how often you post.

6. If you have multiple Twitter accounts, use them all.

If you have more than one email address, you can have more than one Twitter account. Just saying…

7. Include a link to current coverage of the lawsuit in some of your tweets.

The following are different news pieces on the lawsuit, along with TinyURLs I created for each.

Calvary Chapel Abuse, “Pastor Bog Grenier of Calvary Chapel Visalia and Mother Sues Stepson/Son He Abused” — http://tinyurl.com/a7tv4jn

The Wartburg Watch, “Outrage Growing Over Calvary Chapel’s Bog Grenier Suit Against Allegedly Abuse Son” — http://tinyurl.com/bba3p8n

OC Weekly, “Alex Grenier, Frequent Calvary Chapel Critic, Seeks to Have Defamation Lawsuit Filed by His Pastor Father Dismissed” — http://tinyurl.com/aj7omy8

Christianity Today, “Calvary Chapel Pastor Sues Son for Cyberbullying” —http://tinyurl.com/b28jdg8

Spiritual Sounding Board, “Calvary Chapel Visalia Lawsuit, Local News Article, Court Declaration” —http://tinyurl.com/bzp6q5w

The Daily Beast, “Calvary Chapel’s Tangled Web” —http://tinyurl.com/apkaqc4

8. Tweet the story to specific people who follow you, asking them to retweet (RT).

For example:

@_____, RT! Standing with abuse survivors. #WhoWouldJesusSue @CalvaryChapelhttp://tinyurl.com/bba3p8n

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Part Two: Facebook

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Summary of Facebook Tactics:

1. Share links to articles about the lawsuit on your own page.

2. Share links to articles about the lawsuit on Calvary Chapel pages.

3. Share links to articles about the lawsuit on prominent Christian leaders’ pages.

Detailed Version of Facebook Tactics:

1. Share links to articles about the lawsuit on your own page.

This should self-explanatory. You can use the list of stories mentioned above.

2. Share links to articles about the lawsuit on Calvary Chapel pages.

Post your position and a link to an article about the lawsuit on Calvary Chapel’s Facebook pages. They have multiple pages. Post on more than one, or on all of them.

** Calvary Chapel, main page: http://www.facebook.com/CalvaryChapelPage?fref=ts

** Calvary Chapel Visalia: http://www.facebook.com/CalvaryChapelVisalia?fref=ts

Other Calvary Chapels that have Facebook pages with more than 300 likes:

Calvary Chapel South Africa: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Calvary-Chapel-South-Africa/180519246512

Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale: http://www.facebook.com/CalvaryFTL

Calvary Chapel Golden Springs: http://www.facebook.com/calvarygs?fref=pb

Calvary Austin: http://www.facebook.com/calvaryaustin?fref=pb

Calvary Chapel Boise: http://www.facebook.com/ccboise?fref=pb

Calvary Chapel School of Worship: http://www.facebook.com/ccschoolofworship

Calvary Chapel Virginia Beach: http://www.facebook.com/CalvaryVB?fref=pb

Calvary Chapel Sacramento: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Calvary-Chapel-of-Sacramento/107438519296657?fref=pb

Calvary Chapel Miami: http://www.facebook.com/CalvaryChapelMiami?fref=pb

Calvary Chapel OKC: http://www.facebook.com/CalvaryOKC?fref=pb

Calvary Chapel Oceanside: http://www.facebook.com/calvaryoceanside?fref=pb

Note: If a Facebook page disables the “write something” or “make a recommendation” feature, you can always share your post as a comment on one of the pages’ own posts.

3. Share links to articles about the lawsuit on prominent Christian leaders’ pages.

Ask prominent Christian leaders on their Facebook pages to take a public stand against Bob Grenier’s lawsuit. Here are links to some leaders’ pages:

Chuck Smith, http://www.facebook.com/pastorchucksmithfans?fref=pb

T.D. Jakes, http://www.facebook.com/tdjministries?fref=ts

Michael Farris, http://www.facebook.com/michael.farris.374?fref=ts

Joshua Harris, http://www.facebook.com/joshharris.fanpage?fref=ts

Harvest Crusades, http://www.facebook.com/harvestcrusades

Jeremy Camp, http://www.facebook.com/jeremycamp

Joel Osteen, http://www.facebook.com/JoelOsteen?fref=ts

Billy Graham, http://www.facebook.com/BillyGrahamEvangelisticAssociation?fref=ts

Bill Hybels, http://www.facebook.com/pastor.bill.hybels?fref=ts

Joyce Meyer, http://www.facebook.com/joycemeyerministries?fref=ts

James Dobson, http://www.facebook.com/DrJamesDobsonsFamilyTalk?fref=ts

Rob Bell, http://www.facebook.com/therealrobbell?fref=ts

Luis Palau, http://www.facebook.com/LuisPalauLive?fref=ts

Rick Warren, http://www.facebook.com/pastorrickwarren?fref=ts

Chuck Swindoll, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Chuck-Swindoll/107888769305?fref=ts

John MacArthur, http://www.facebook.com/JohnMacArthur.GracetoYou?ref=ts&fref=ts

Donald Miller, http://www.facebook.com/donaldmillerfan?fref=ts

Note: If a Facebook page disables the “write something” or “make a recommendation” feature, you can always share your post as a comment on one of the pages’ own posts.

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Concluding Principles

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Just a few reminders:

1. Represent our campaign, as well as yourself, with sober earnestness, passionate zeal, and justified rage. But don’t forget to speak with respect and grace.

2. Don’t feed the trolls.

3. Space out your Twitter and Facebook posts. You don’t want to have your accounts suspended for being “spam.” Be smart in how often you post.

4. If you get official responses from Calvary Chapel, a prominent Christian leader, a news outlet, etc. —TAKE A SCREENSHOT. That way you have a permanent record of the response, in case someone chooses to delete it later.

If you don’t know how to, don’t worry. It’s easy:

* How to take a screenshot on a Mac:http://guides.macrumors.com/Taking_Screenshots_in_Mac_OS_X

* How to take a screenshot on a PC: http://graphicssoft.about.com/cs/general/ht/winscreenshot.htm

5. Follow the #whowouldjesussue Twitter campaign by following the @WhoWouldJesuSue Twitter account.

6. Go get ‘em!

7. Feel free to copy and paste this post onto your own blog to get the word out!

 

Comments

Who Would Jesus Sue? — 7 Comments

  1. “TWW editors were accused of not being trained professional journalists” As if “trained journalists” are committed to telling the truth.

  2. stormy wrote:

    “TWW editors were accused of not being trained professional journalists” As if “trained journalists” are committed to telling the truth.

    No kidding. I sure learned a thing or 2 when I was dealing with reporters and then seeing what actually got reported. Wowee!

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  4. Thanks for everyone who is working to get the word out. We have been contacted by very large media (as big as it gets) and Julie Anne was just on Google News site “God Discussion” podcast and I will be on the show on March 15 for the 2nd hour. Many blogs and other news sites are covering the situation (which has broad implications re: Child Abuse, Corruption and First Amendment rights).

    Thanks to all those who care enough to speak up and speak out about these serious issues.

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