The fact is, Ron, the information on the recording is …

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

The fact is, Ron, the information on the recording is not AT ALL your business or the business of anyone else (save the principals directly in the situation), no matter how interesting or salacious you or anyone else may find it to be.

If, God forbid, you found yourself in a situation similar to these four unfortunate individuals, would you want complete strangers–with no prior knowledge or legal interest in the matter–listening to and then gossiping about the embarrassing contents of the recording?

This is not to say there shouldn’t be consequences for their actions; there should be, and there have been. It’s being handled, however rightly or wrongly, by those with a direct interest in the matter.

And that doesn’t include you, or me, or practically anyone else. And just because others can’t contain themselves on this site, or on Spectrum or wherever, doesn’t give any of the rest of us any license to behave likewise.

You and many others have been agitating for matters to be addressed at LSU; it’s been awhile in the making, but obviously they are currently being dealt with by those in charge. Let them do their jobs, without unnecessary interference.

You and I and everyone else have absolutely no direct ‘interest’ in the details of the recording, other than a purely prurient fascination, and I can’t believe that is a path God would want any of us to follow.

Jim Also Commented

LSU statement regarding resignations and Bradley’s email
Dr. Stone,

In both of your responses to me, you’ve made my point MORE relevant, not less.

PLEASE READ WHAT I WROTE MORE CAREFULLY. I said THE SPECIFIC DETAILS of what was said on the recording are not any of your business, or the business of anyone else, besides the actual principals.

None of us are principals with anything to do directly with any of the specific contents of the recording.

I didn’t say the overall situation at LSU didn’t have a legitimate impact on many of the rest of us. There are many parts of the creation/evolution dialogue that are certainly worthwhile to be discussing in a public forum.

I was simply pointing out that any effort to gossip about any possibly salacious details of the actual recorded private conversation was simply not any of your concern, or that of anyone else.

Unless your explicit desire and intent is to continue to feed the prurient interests of yourself and others, you (and everyone else) should focus your interests elsewhere. What other people may irresponsibly do or say does NOT give you or anyone else the license to behave likewise. We should be better people than that.

In closing, I would point out the following: NO ONE (again, except the principals in the matter) should even be listening to the recording. What possible good, or value, can listening actually have? The individuals involved have already been confronted with the details, and decisions have been made and actions taken.

At this point it can only be morbid curiosity and a very unholy prurient motivation that would drive someone to even listen to the details, let alone insist on gossiping about them all over the internet.

Please, just stop–for your own sake as well as the sake of others.

LSU statement regarding resignations and Bradley’s email

I believe Shane is ‘up to speed’ on his responsibilities and any potential problems, as well as with his duty to monitor those posting on his site.

I suspect Bonnie Dwyer and those over at Spectrum are also aware of their responsibilities, and the potential problems they can face from information they or others post on their site. Regardless though, it is not your or my responsibility to tell them what to do (or not to do).

I think it is safe to say that any information posted here should fully comply with all posting guidelines, and direct references to information that may still legally be considered private (and obviously any statements that may be considered possibly defamatory) should certainly be avoided–and especially so on this site, since most of us are presumably wanting to lead Spirit-filled and Christlike lives in every way possible, regardless of the actions of those around us.

LSU statement regarding resignations and Bradley’s email
Ron Stone (and anyone else with a desire to make irresponsible and loose statements similar to his):

You just may want to temper your catty remarks and observations regarding the contents of the recording, unless you’re anxious to become named as another defendant. By the way, don’t take my word for this; check with Shane directly.

(Shane, it might be wise to more closely monitor the posts of people like Ron Stone, who tend to write words quite irresponsibly, with little apparent understanding of the potential consequences for himself or this website.)