UPDATE: I suggest sending your questions in ahead of time to make sure they get answered. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
In case you haven’t heard, Honor Academy leadership is hosting a conference call tonight at 8pm Central Time. I’d like to make a few suggestions. (If you can’t make it, they’ve announced they will publish an audio recording to that site.)
To Those in This Community:
1) Don’t lose your cool – I know that many of you feel strong emotions about this situation, as you should. However, in this short format with many people wanting to speak, I think that it would be wise to contain your emotions as much as possible.
2) Stick to the facts – In tandem with #1, let’s stick to the facts. What happened to you, how you were treated and how it affected you. No name calling. No unmerited accusations. We must stand on truth or we stand on nothing at all.
To TM Supporters:
Please don’t chime in to say how much you loved Teen Mania. We already know. You had a great experience? Awesome. We didn’t. And we only have 90 minutes to talk about it.
To Dave Hasz and Company:
You say that you want this call to bring reconciliation, yet over the past few months, Teen Mania has referred to our community as “disgruntled,” “irritated,” “negative,” “unwilling to dialogue,” and having “a twisted theology that allows them to live a life that lacks integrity.” They have accused us of exaggerating our stories to misrepresent the truth about Teen Mania.
While its true that physical and spiritual abuse makes us “irritated” and “disgruntled,” its important to point out that these labels have been used in a derogatory manner, as if the problem is not the abuse, but that we are talking about the abuse. Yes, abuse is a “negative” thing to discuss…but we wouldn’t have to discuss it if it didn’t exist!
So, if you are truly wanting to reconcile, are you willing to recant those statements and repent of the attitude that made them?
If you want a refresher on some of the rhetorical tactics Dave uses and how to see through them, please click here.
About 15 minutes prior to the call, I will post a list of topics that I hope will be addressed.