UPDATE: Joshua Breland has just posted what he calls his final piece on Louisiana College (LC). While he speaks of the remarkable blessings he received from LC, it cannot be he can end his series without asserting "Louisiana College needs to figuratively burn to the ground and start afresh before health and prosperity can return." The freshly graduated college senior adds that "The Louisiana Baptist Convention (LBC) is also in need of much correction" since the Executive State Director, David Hankins, remains "part and parcel of the deception and wickedness at Louisiana College." In fact, what's going on there is "pure evil" which Louisiana Baptists ought to rise up and destroy.
Perhaps Breland can volunteer as an undercover agent and secretly record all the evil Dr. Hankins is allegedly manufacturing so it can be exposed for all to see. Of course, Hankins would have to be dumb enough to talk to Breland in private. My guess is, no one from either the Calvinist side or non-Calvinist side will be naive enough to be alone with Breland anytime soon. Who could blame them? Since Breland apparently has no moral reservations on secretly recording someone just in case he or she lies about the situation, I'm unsure who could trust him enough to be comfortable around him. Whatever the case, Breland has surely branded himself for a long, long time to come as a don't-be-caught-dead-talking-to-that-boy type of guy. Sad really.
The parting shot against Hankins apart from any corroborating evidence only highlights Breland's total meltdown in dealing with the Louisiana College fiasco.
I'm not interested in burning much more oil on this issue. I have one particular piece I'm thinking about remaining to be published. Until then, I would like to make a few observations about the latest coming from Louisiana College's (LC) fieriest critic, Joshua Breland.
From my personal engagement with some of Breland's pieces he's posted on his site, I've found his critical reasoning skills frequently to be entirely insufficient in establishing the point he seeks to make. It surely was the case with Jerry Vines (here, here), Kelly Boggs (here), and the entire series of posts on LC wherein he exploited Calvinism as the chief issue at LC while openly admitting he knew from the very beginning it was not Calvinism at all (here, here, and here).
Breland's latest example exposing the stark absence of critical reasoning skills concerns his admitted "leak" of a secretly recorded encounter he had with Dr. Argile Smith, Vice President and Associate Dean of Louisiana College. Tragically, Breland not only demonstrates his lack of critical reasoning skills sufficient to make his contentious points stick, this time Breland demonstrates the sneaky, conspiring clandestinity many employ to hurt those with whom they disagree. I've personally encountered this type of undercover hooligan myself.
Why did Breland record it? He says, "I originally recorded a conversation with Argile Smith for my own protection in case he lied about our encounter."
The in-your-face type of moral arrogance and self-righteous superiority coming from this one statement staggers us--in case he lied. Strict Calvinists like Breland often find themselves in excruciating circumstances like this that displays quite nicely whether or not they actually do beliveve and trust in God's Sovereignty. Breland might suggest, "Of course I believe in God's sovereignty! But just in case I'm lied about, I want a backup plan."
- What church member out there would want as a pastor a man who would secretly record conversations you have with him just in case you lie about him?
- What association would want as their Director of Missions a man who would secretly record conversations he has with pastors just in case the pastors lie about the conversation?
- What state convention executive would want a man serving under him in a position at the convention office who secretly recorded conversations he had with the executive just in case the state executive lied about the conversation?
- What seminary president would want as a professor a man who secretly recorded conversations with the president just in case the president lies about the conversation?
- What person would want as a friend a person who secretly recorded conversations you had with each other just in case you lied about the conversation?
- What news editor would speak openly with a man who would secretly record the conversation just in case the news editor lies about the conversation?
This is the kind of practical moral scruples Louisiana College critics are offering us to replace what they decry as shady ethics going on in the administration?
Just to be gut level honest, I may have to give President Aguillard more credit than I've offered heretofore.
More than once Breland whined because the president would not meet with him. Perhaps Aguillard already knew about Breland what we now know: Breland not only wishes to meet with people one on one, he perhaps also means to secretly record the meeting he leads you to believe is one-on-one just in case you lie about the encounter.
I'd say those who've had one-on-ones with Joshua Breland have reasons to be concerned. You might just end up on the internet sometime in the future.1
Sweet Georgia peaches!
Nothing less here than a classic textbook example of the cure being worse than the disease.
1as one listens to the recording, Breland continually assures Dr. Smith he will never mention his name on his blog. Breland might argue it was pertaining to the Moore issue alone about which he said he'd not mention Smith. It's arguable, at best however, that his words only refer to that particular context. At one point, Breland says: "Dr. Smith, you assume every private conversation we have will go up on my blog." Well, yeah...