“Faking is a social activity in which people act together to draw a veil over unwanted realities and encourage each other in the exercise of their illusory powers. “-Roger Scruton
This is one of those posts in which I try to get you caught up on some things going on that really don’t need full posts at this time.
JD Greear appears to know how to protect himself in the coming investigation into the hiring of Brian Loritts
Brian Loritts appears to have settled into his $850,000 home in a tony section of Raleigh (Todd sent me the lovely pics today). Lady Whistledown would be impressed. For those of you from Silicon Valley, this is a very expensive home in the Raleigh area in which I live. It looks like he is settling in for the long haul. Recently, Cassidy McGillicuddy of Roll to Disbelieve wrote J.D. Greear’s Inept Response to the Bryan Loritts Scandal Reveals So Much. It appears she knows a bit more than we do at TWW.
Brian Loritts, who has an extremely suspicious doctorate, has been accused of covering up his brother-in-law’s sex abuse scandal at a previous church. His b-i-l, Rick Trotter, had a penchant for filming women in bathrooms as well as up their skirts in churches. For those of you who have missed the hoopla, read the suggested post-in its entirety. I would like to pull out what I found the most interesting. Rachel Denhollander applauded this decision. My guess is she assumed that this was going to be a G.R.A.C.E type of investigation. But, McGillicuddy claims otherwise. In fact, investigating Greear’s decision won’t even be on the table!
So yes, J.D. Greear hired Bryan Loritts, who almost certainly shielded his family member from the law. Greear didn’t care about Loritts’ sexism and very obviously can’t even relate it to the SBC’s flagrant mishandling of sex-abuse cases. He just wanted to convince Black Southern Baptists (and performatively-progressive White ones) that the SBC totally cares about eliminating racism, y’all.
…It’s crystal-clear to me that J.D. Greear hired Bryan Loritts for his anti-racism bona fides. The SBC is performing faux-concern about racism right now, and J.D. Greear has positioned himself at the head of the faux-change faux-racial-justice side of the SBC. So he really needs to have a Black minister on staff, especially one whose career has involved a lot of racial-justice action.
But just in case, y’all, just to get everyone off their case, they’ve asked Guidepost Solutions LLC to investigate the matter. It’s part of their Caring Well thingie, after all! They might have ignored it utterly in June, but now that everyone’s bein’ all mean about the hiring, they’ll reluctantly return to its principles.
…However, since their investigation only centers on exactly what Bryan Loritts did in 2010 and not on how appropriate Summit’s hiring decision was in 2020, I don’t see how this helps anybody…
… Anybody, that is, except J.D. Greear.
At most, the results of Guidepost’s investigation will allow Greear fire Loritts without further ado — or to justify his hiring decision and subsequent allegedly-sham investigation.
In other words, it appears that Greear will not be held accountable by this group for his hiring decision. In my opinion, Greear knew exactly who he hired in June 2020. The question that I can’t get answered is, “Why?” Greear knew better. After all, he approved the Caring Well curriculum that emphasizes background checks. Does anyone out there think Greear doesn’t know how to get this done? This hiring left me cold. All of Greear’s tears at Caring Well appear to be a sideshow and these Baptist boys can do it better than anybody else. Greear’s hiring of Loritts gives me all that I need to know about the concern of the SBC leaders for abuse in the denomination.
It’s time that churches and parachurch organizations stop using NDAs to cover-up for payouts for sex abuse. Want to sign a petition?
Lori Anne Thompson had a settlement from Ravi Zacharias. Unfortunately, she can’t speak about it. She wants to do something about this. The Christian Post’s Brandon Showalter wrote: Victim of alleged sexual misconduct asks to be released from NDA with Ravi Zacharias.
Canadian Lori Anne Thompson, whom Zacharias first met at a luncheon in 2014 where he was speaking, posted a screenshot earlier this week of an email between Boz Tchividjian, her attorney, and a lawyer from Miller & Martin, the law firm that is conducting an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct.
“I am assuming that we have not received a response because the estate of Ravi Zacharias has refused to release my clients from the confidentiality/non-disparagement clause of the settlement agreement? Please confirm,” Tchividjian writes in the email correspondence.
A Miller & Martin attorney responds: “Your assumption is correct.”
…According to letters that Lori Anne wrote and sent to third parties before the NDA, Zacharias allegedly solicited sexually explicit photos from Thompson and engaged in sex over the phone. The apologist denied the accusations in 2017.
…Tchividjian has argued that by making that 2017 statement in denying the claims, Zacharias was not abiding by the confidentiality terms in the NDA while the Thompsons had made the difficult choice to honor their word by staying quiet. Thompson has maintained throughout that she and her husband signed the NDA under great duress and that the couple has nothing they do not wish to be disclosed. Two days after the apologist died, Thompson put out a video statement, asking Zacharias’ family to release her from the terms of the agreement.
Church and parachurch organizations often use NDAs to prevent recipients of payouts or former employees from speaking out about their experiences in an organization. These are rarely used to merely protect someone who received counseling from a church. It is my opinion that they are used for more nefarious reasons.
In the meantime, Kara MIllion started a petition at Change. org: Release Lori Anne Thompson from her NDA Regarding Ravi Zacharias I signed it and so have 1300 others. I think it’s time the Evangelical Industrial Complex understands that people like us are getting tired of this nonsense.
Dave Ramsey/Ramsey Solutions wrote a crazy letter to Bob Smietana leading me to consider that he is emotionally unstable.
Bob Smietana of Religion News wrote Is Dave Ramsey’s empire the ‘best place to work in America’? Say no and you’re out The quotes by former employees from this article are quite illuminating. I’m sure Ramsey was not amused.
At a staff meeting in July, Ramsey railed at his staff after an employee sued Ramsey Solutions for firing her for having premarital sex, which is against company policy, and said he would pay the price to protect what he had built out of love for his employees.
“I am sick of dealing with all this stuff,” Ramsey bellowed, according to a recording obtained by Religion News Service. “I’m so tired of being falsely accused of being a jerk when all I’m doing is trying to help people stay in line.”
But there appear to be some cracks in his carefully constructed image. Here are some comments from current and former employees and their family members.
Heather (ed. her husband was interviewing for a job) was more skeptical. For one thing, there was the spousal interview. In his 2011 book “EntreLeadership,” Ramsey recommends that companies vet spouses to make sure their hire is not “married to crazy.”
…From the beginning, Ramsey downplayed the virus. His March 2, 2020 radio show began with a long rant against the news media, who, he said, were overstating the threat.
“You would think that the black plague was coming through the U.S., listening to people whine,” he told his audience. “You guys have lost your mind out there.”
He went on to say that the virus only affected the weak and infirm and that everyone else should get on with business as usual. He vowed to keep the company’s live events rolling, warning there would be no refunds.
…Within a few days, a second team member tested positive. Headquarters was shut down on March 20. Although the work-from-home experiment went well, the company’s leaders soon decided that Ramsey was not a work-from-home employer.
…On May 4, the company’s offices reopened and, despite at least 100 positive cases in the subsequent seven months, have remained open since.
One man is fired due to his wife’s comments on Facebook and they fight back, refusing to sign an NDA.
…Ramsey’s return to in-person work frustrated Heather….A few weeks later, Jon was fired. In his exit interview, Armando Lopez, head of human resources at Ramsey, confirmed that the cause was his wife’s social media comment, according to a recording of the meeting.
Ramsey Solutions offered $18,000 in severance, provided the Fulks would sign a nondisclosure agreement and agree never to make any negative comments about Ramsey.
The couple refused, forfeiting the severance. The company later claimed in a cease-and-desist letter that Ramsey policies that Jon signed at his hiring required him to keep details about Ramsey confidential.
After an anonymous person reported him to OSHA
hat led to an angry tirade from Ramsey during a staff meeting last May. After ranting about how the pandemic was affecting his golf game, he said the company had told OSHA it was not going to do anything in response to the complaint.
“So whoever you are, you moron, you did absolutely no good, except piss me off,” he told staff. “You are not welcome here if you are willing to do stuff like that. If you are really scared and you really think that leadership is trying to
However, it gets even weirder.
Smietana wrote Ramsey Solutions asking for a response to some questions. The email back is something to behold and causes me to think that Ramsey may be in need of some counseling. Full Ramsey Solutions Response Please read the entire thing at the provided link. The following is only part of the letter.
“Thanks for reaching out. We want to confirm for you that you are right, we are horrible evil people. We exist to simply bring harm to our team, take advantage of our customers, and spread COVID. And YOU figured it all out, wow. Who would have guessed that an unemployed guy, oh I am sorry, a “freelance reporter” would be the one to show us how horrible we are so we can change and to let the world know of our evil intent, secrets, and complete disregard for decency…..but YOU did it, you with all your top notch investigative skills have been able to weave together a series of half-truths to expose our evil ways. You are truly amazing.
Because your personal virtue is so incredible, we want to help you with your hit piece and confirmation bias. We actually have audio of the time Chris Hogan farted in church and you should have a listen, it is truly horrendous.
I suspect we will be hearing more about Ramsey in the near future and it won’t have anything to do with “financial solutions.”