Yesterday we shared with you that Brad Sargent, aka FuturistGuy, created an amazing archive of Beaverton Grace Bible Church’s failed defamation lawsuit against Julie Anne Smith. He spent over 300 hours studying and writing about the events as they unfolded in 2012-2013. He shows how to document, how to use critical thinking skills, and how to see the full picture of what is going on in church abuse cases. This archive will be a very important tool for both the church abuse community as well as those facing lawsuits intended to silence their right to speak out against abuse.
Well, at 6:25 pm yesterday, the man who lost that lawsuit and consequently lost his ministerial credentials — Chuck O’Neal — decided to publicly comment on that archive, aka, that gigantic collection of evidence that demonstrates exactly why he lost and his inability to move forward with his life by creating an impostor website. This is after he perpetuated inaccuracies about the #WhoWouldJesusSue social media blitz, choosing to value a personal vendetta and hate campaign over accuracy and truth. This is also after he accused us at WWJS of being “anonymous, flippant, cowards.” Yet when we challenged him to a public debate, he was apparently too scared to respond. (He has yet to respond.)
And how did he choose to publicly comment on that gigantic archive of evidence? Well, it’s so surreal we’ll just have to let the picture speak for itself:
Yes, Chuck O’Neal’s public response was to make animal noises.
Specifically, bird noises: “Tweet, tweet.”
Even though we at WWJS have years of exegesis training, we can’t quite wrap our minds around the scholarly depths of O’Neal’s response. Is he appealing to an animal kingdom metaphor? Is this a reference to Maya Angelou’s seminal work, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings? Or perhaps it is a throwback allegory to the 1951 Loony Tunes animated short, Tweet Tweet Tweety? Or perchance a clever nod to social media platforms like Twitter?
Or maybe, just maybe, we are thinking too hard about all this.
Maybe O’Neal’s new response to a gigantic archive of evidence is to just make animal noises online.