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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Mars Hill Blames the Mark Driscoll Plagiarism Scandal on a "Research Assistant"

Posted by on Wed, Dec 11, 2013 at 4:14 PM

First, Christian radio host Janet Mefford accused Mars Hill Pastor Mark Driscoll of plagiarism. Then, things got weird. Then Mefferd seemed to back down to pro-Driscoll pressure. Now, Slate's Ruth Graham just published some new information:

[Mefferd] says her apology shouldn’t be mistaken for a recanting. “I stand by my allegations of insufficient sourcing, absolutely and unequivocally,” she said by email. “His plagiarism is a very serious ethical and moral breach. Academics and journalists alike have lost their jobs over less than what Mark Driscoll has done.” Mefferd says that “no attorneys were involved in this situation” and that no one at Mars Hill Church, where Driscoll is pastor, suggested she remove the materials.

On Monday, Mars Hill made its first explicit comment on the issue since Driscoll’s original interview. In a corner of its website devoted to the Driscoll book with several paragraphs apparently copied wholesale, the church posted a statement blaming a research assistant for “citation errors”: “During the editing process, content from other published sources were mistaken for research notes.” The head of communications at Mars Hill did not respond to an email and direct messages on Twitter requesting comments from the church or from Driscoll.

Ah, the old blame-the-assistant trick. Oldest gambit in the Good Book. Remember when Jesus blamed the cleansing of the temple on Peter, and everybody had a good laugh about it later on? Good times.


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Cato the Younger Younger 1
Perfectly understandable since Mark doesn't write his own books. The 1% tools like him hire people to write
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on December 11, 2013 at 4:21 PM · Report this
seatackled 2
Bullshit. Everyone knows it was Satan.
Posted by seatackled on December 11, 2013 at 4:35 PM · Report this
Fnarf 3
For more information on why Janet Mefferd is a lying sack of shit, see Fred Clark at Slacktivist:…

Mark Driscoll is a pig's butthole, but when he was on her show he was only the second-worst person in the room. Mefferd is on the side of Pam Fuckin' Geller and Peter LaBarbera, that's who. Sample quote:
every Christian who supports real marriage might be made to wear a yellow patch on the sleeve, a ‘badge of shame’ to identify us as ‘anti-gay haters.’ Kind of like the Jews in Nazi Germany.
Posted by Fnarf on December 11, 2013 at 5:14 PM · Report this

Who's worse? Cult leader who lies, hates gays, and subjugates his female congregants or a right wing nut job who lies, hates gays, and is speaking to her minority choir?

I think the cult leader is the more villainous one. Driscoll has direct influence on people's lives and regularly destroys them. This women, albeit terrible, only has indirect influence.
Posted by Bloated Jesus is Bloated on December 11, 2013 at 5:24 PM · Report this
camlux 5
The bottom line: an author puts his or her name on a piece of work. That means to the world that it is their own, except for the parts attributed to other authors. It's that simple. A research assistant may be a contributing factor, but Driscoll is still entirely to blame.
Posted by camlux on December 11, 2013 at 5:32 PM · Report this
@3: My head just exploded a little. Comparing anti-gay bigots to victims of the Holocaust? She should've said we'll make them wear pink triangles like the Nazis did to the Jews.
Posted by Hanoumatoi on December 11, 2013 at 5:45 PM · Report this
@6: I mean the gays, obviously.
Posted by Hanoumatoi on December 11, 2013 at 5:45 PM · Report this
Fnarf 8
@6, that's not the worst of it. She's all in -- Obama's secret plan for martial law by 2016, Muslims should be kicked out of the country, American evangelicals visiting Uganda to support the move to LITERALLY EXTERMINATE ALL GAYS are doing the Lord's work -- all of it. Read the article.

@4, you're wrong. She has a bigger platform, and she's much more extreme. Driscoll wants women to sit quietly and obey their husbands; Mefferd wants every mosque in the country to be torn down. Driscoll lets gays attend his church but not join it; Mefferd wants homosexuals to be put to death. Driscoll thinks masturbating is "gay" because you're touching a dick; Mefferd thinks Obama is instituting an Islamist regime NEXT YEAR.

In fact, I think appearing on her show is the most offensive thing he's ever done (though not the craziest).
Posted by Fnarf on December 11, 2013 at 6:32 PM · Report this
Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 9
3, you're falling into the same hole of the fundie xtians: extreme duality w/ no room for subtlety.

Nothing about your points re: Mefferd make any difference. She's just the one who exposed MD's plagiarism. Her other crazy views have nothing to do with that. By calling MD on his shit, it doesn't make her a saint, and calling her out doesn't make you one, either. Although I get the impression you think it does.
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on December 11, 2013 at 7:20 PM · Report this
@9: I'm pretty sure Fnarf was just drawing attention to how awful she is. It is always important to know thy enemy.
Posted by Hanoumatoi on December 11, 2013 at 8:07 PM · Report this
TLjr 11
Here's hoping they settle it with pistols at dawn.
Posted by TLjr on December 11, 2013 at 8:41 PM · Report this
laterite 12
I get the sense that Driscoll settles a lot of his issues with "pistols" at dawn.
Posted by laterite on December 11, 2013 at 10:43 PM · Report this
@8, "In fact, I think appearing on her show is the most offensive thing he's ever done..."

well, you're not a woman.
Posted by sarah70 on December 11, 2013 at 10:50 PM · Report this
@12 Nice.
Posted by jen on December 12, 2013 at 1:34 AM · Report this
bleedingheartlibertarian 15
Brothers, sisters...come together! Surely we can agree that Driscoll and Mefferd are both horrible people, and enjoy the spectacle of them devouring each other!
Posted by bleedingheartlibertarian on December 12, 2013 at 5:52 AM · Report this

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