BobRyan: It is very interesting that the four in question …

Comment on LSU statement regarding resignations and Bradley’s email by Shane Hilde.

BobRyan: It is very interesting that the four in question were instantly aware of the problem of that audio getting out to the board – to the point of resigning and yet we have some here who still do not understand the gravity of the problem EVEN when they hear the audio!

Jeff’s commentary on the recordings just doesn’t match up with the reaction of the individuals recorded or board.

Are seriously to believe that the four chose to resign over alcohol? No. Their concern was over what was on the recording. Bradley was retiring soon so his resignation probably didn’t have as much of a career impact as the other three, well except for the board member.

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@Professor Kent: The alcohol was definitely leveraged against Bradley, but I think the recordings played a very big part in what happened. My guess is that church leadership wasn’t exactly horrified over the alcohol as it was with what was on the recording.

LSU statement regarding resignations and Bradley’s email
@Ron Stone M.D.: He’s just sharing a false comparison. There is no need to get into on old debate about what is alcoholic wine in the Bible. The answer is pretty clear for Seventh-day Adventists, so there is no need to argue over it with someone who shares different beliefs.

LSU statement regarding resignations and Bradley’s email
@Ron Nielsen: I’ve been thinking about this some more, I think I agree with you. I suppose technically LSU could claim it didn’t have anything to do with it, but if you look at the subject of Jackson and Blackmer’s meeting with LSU, I assume it had to do with the biology issue, perhaps the ensuing conversation had to do with similar topics.

I think a strong connection can be made, but LSU is claiming a technical, which initually I was going for.

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@David Read: And perhaps not something Christ would do. I can understand your frustration though. I’ve been on the verge of quitting this whole thing many times. I’ve been guilty of letting that frustration control and influence things I shouldn’t have said.

I have to remind myself to look at the big picture. In the end all those who are not supposed to be in the church will be sifted out. I pray I am not one of them.

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I know from talking to a couple of reporters from Press Enterprise and Inside Higher Ed that Randal Wisbey was effective in shutting down communication between any outsiders and the biology faculty. It appears he made himself the only channel of communication between the board and biology faculty.

I emailed Larry Becker about what bylaw the board members broke that was worthy of dismissal, and I have yet to hear a response from him.

I would also note that board members at other universities appear to be free to talk to the faculty.

Another interesting point. He removes three board members for trying to work on the problem and come up with a solution, and then turns around sort of embraces what they’re doing. He can’t publicly condemn it because everyone can see, whether you agree with what they wrote or not, that it’s a significant step for the faculty to be speaking to the church.

Did he forbid the document from being published? No. If you’re really excited about seeing the biology department making advancements in solving the issue, why are you removing the people who are making that happen. He never did anything like that.

What has Wisbey done to address and fix this issue? Nothing. He’s dragged it out, lied about what’s been happening, and told everyone involved to shut up or get in trouble. What on earth is he trying to do?

Who knows, he might even be a part of the underground movement to sever LSU from the church by using WASC as the big hammer. It’s obvious from one former board member, there was interest in using WASC to manipulate the situation.