…is a damnable lie.
Not from Critical Race Theorists, who never said such a thing.
But from Voddie Baucham’s book, Fault Lines. It’s a phrase Baucham put into their mouths: specifically, into the mouth of Richard Delgado.
It is clear to me that Voddie attributed fake quotations to Richard Delgado, that he intended to present the fake material as quotations of Delgado (not his own words), and that he engaged in plagiarism in the process. Now the question is, what will be done about it?
Some people expressed anger and frustration at me for pointing these things out to begin with. Now that there is even more bad news, I suppose that may increase. But why shoot the messenger here? Why not focus attention and effort on the actual infraction and the guy who committed it?
Many, many online reacted to my first revelation of Voddie’s fake quotations solely by calling me woke, liberal, and Marxist—not dealing with any of the substance of which I wrote. I was, for example, silently blocked (without notice or notification) from one of the largest Reformed (adult-beverage-themed) groups on Facebook because its leader deemed me too dangerous to let stick around. When someone posted my vids in there, I have been informed the comment section was about 100-to-1 name-calling over any substance.
I wonder what these devout Christians, staunch Reformed folk, think their 99% mindless, knee-jerk reaction says to the world in terms of a witness for Christ in the intellectual realm. And about the moral failures of the great, favored leaders in their midst?
Some expressed anger that I would “pick on” Voddie, who after all is just trying hard to do his best as a faithful pastor. Or, some said, why hold a pastor up to academic citation standards? Folks, seriously.
Voddie Baucham is the Dean of Faculty and Dean of Theology at a Christian University for crying out loud! Whatever pastoring he may do, his is an academic position through-and-through. A dean is supposed to be a top or senior academic, a teacher of teachers, an academic’s academic. This very credential is written on his bio for the book in which he put these fake quotations and plagiarism. He must own it.
I realize that by calling this out on these terms, I am also putting the academic reputation and integrity of his post and thus his academic employer, African Christian University, on the spot. True, they now have to take cognizance that their senior academic and biggest-named faculty is responsible for fraudulent quotations and plagiarism. If they remain silent, people may wonder why. They will also know that the academic standards of the institution are as low as those of their plagiarizing Dean.
I also realize that by revealing these things, I implicate Voddie’s publisher, Salem Books, which is a division of the conservative book-publishing standard, Regnery. I realize that it is incumbent upon any publishing house with a reputation to weed out plagiarism (usually pulling plagiarized works from publication), as well as potential libel and fraud—fundamental falsehood at the very least. I understand that this means Salem/Regnery should examine Voddie’s book in these areas, and take action, and that if enough people, or the right people, brought it to their attention, they probably would.
Yes, I also realize that by revealing these matters that I also implicate Voddie’s friends and compatriots in the broader anti-Social Justice crusade against “CRT,” etc. This probably stretches to all the broader support group like Tom Ascol, John MacArthur, James White, Michael O’Fallon, and many more. I realize that presenting undeniable evidence of lies and plagiarism on Voddie’s part means they should now all be obligated to speak up, or at least counsel him privately to confess and repent. I don’t expect a single one of them to do anything. I expect silence.
But you, dear reader, you can see the evidence for yourself. You can draw your own conclusions from the evidence, which should be easy for you to do. It should afterward also be easy to determine what conclusions to draw from the baseless, without-substance name-calling against this author (and others), as well as about the many silences that will probably follow among Voddie’s friends and institution. That should all be easy.
More difficult will be the moral decision you personally have to make about what to do with that knowledge.Voddie’s Fault Lines worse than before: fake quotations AND plagiarism
by Joel McDurmon
Christians simply must do better than this, if they plan to win any intellectual (or spiritual) battle at all.
Now, political battles may on occasion be win with lies. For a time. But the lies fall apart under stress, and our position will be worse than the first if we do not repent of our filthy, vicious, and evil ways.
God will not protect a willfully evil congregation.
Remember Ezekiel 9?
Then he cried in my ears with a loud voice, saying, “Bring near the executioners of the city, each with his destroying weapon in his hand.” And behold, six men came from the direction of the upper gate, which faces north, each with his weapon for slaughter in his hand, and with them was a man clothed in linen, with a writing case at his waist. And they went in and stood beside the bronze altar.
Now the glory of the God of Israel had gone up from the cherub on which it rested to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed in linen, who had the writing case at his waist. And the Lord said to him, “Pass through the city, through Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and groan over all the abominations that are committed in it.” And to the others he said in my hearing, “Pass through the city after him, and strike. Your eye shall not spare, and you shall show no pity. Kill old men outright, young men and maidens, little children and women, but touch no one on whom is the mark. And begin at my sanctuary.” So they began with the elders who were before the house. Then he said to them, “Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain. Go out.” So they went out and struck in the city. And while they were striking, and I was left alone, I fell upon my face, and cried, “Ah, Lord God! Will you destroy all the remnant of Israel in the outpouring of your wrath on Jerusalem?”
Then he said to me, “The guilt of the house of Israel and Judah is exceedingly great. The land is full of blood, and the city full of injustice. For they say, ‘The Lord has forsaken the land, and the Lord does not see.’ As for me, my eye will not spare, nor will I have pity; I will bring their deeds upon their heads.”
And behold, the man clothed in linen, with the writing case at his waist, brought back word, saying, “I have done as you commanded me.”Ezekiel 9, English Standard Version
This judgement did not fall on some idiot mass-murdering atheistic human sacrifice culture somewhere.
It fell on a Christian, God-fearing culture. (“Pre-Christ Christians”, but still, God’s people.)
And the destruction started in the church. God’s sanctuary.
God will not protect a willfully evil congregation.
But… He will protect individual men, women, and children who publicly stand against — or even privately sigh over/pray against/weep over — such evil.
Don’t die like some rebel in the desert, like the vast majority of Israel did in their journey to the Promised Land.
Repent, and separate yourself from the damned.
And that servant who knew his master’s will but did not get ready or act according to his will, will receive a severe beating. But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.Luke 12:47-48, ESV
If you know, you must act.
Privately for sure, and preferably publicly as well.