In a rather stunning development, Brian McLaren, friend of Tony Jones and Emergent leader has stated he will take legal action against …Well, read it for yourself. Here is a link to the full statement.
…children are involved, and when the character of religious leaders are involved, allegations should be handled with the greatest possible diligence and care. But allegations should not be considered facts until they are verified in light of all available evidence through responsible processes. That’s why law enforcement, the courts, and other responsible professionals should be consulted to distinguish factual from false allegations. This woman’s disputes with her ex-husband have been under the jurisdiction of the courts and related authorities for years, and I understand that those proceedings are matters of public record. Her accusations against me and others, however, have not yet been adjudicated by proper authorities. For this reason, since she has refused repeated requests for mediation and professional third-party review, I am pursuing legal action so my testimony, email archives, and other evidence can be evaluated fairly in an appropriate setting. People who know me will know that I would not take this step unless I felt it necessary and right to do so
It is my hope that the years of repeated harassment, false accusations, threats, and defamation of character many of us have experienced can soon come to an end. I also hope those who are supporting the woman in question will continue to do so, but without spreading false allegations on her behalf. I hope that deep and lasting healing for all those involved can soon begin.
Suggestion: This is about to go spinning out of control. Surely Julie and Tony have trusted friends who could mediate on their behalf. Why not have each party appoint a trusted friend/supporter and have those two meet together and try to hammer this out? The Emergent crowd claims that they have different ways of doing things. Well, put that creative thinking to work and figure it out. Everyone can do far better than has been done. Please, please, please do not use the children as a means to an end. Allow everyone a voice. Above all, pursue peace, mercy, and love.