Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Difference between Squirrel and me

Squirrel has been mentioned in Christianity Today.

28 comments:

DJP said...

...and yet he still comes and slums around with us!

It's a beautiful thing.

Just remember the Little People, Gene.

JackW said...

Next thing you know Challies will be giving him a bump.

DJP said...

Surely not.

The Squirrel said...

Don't push, don't push! Everybody gets an autograph! :o)

I was very surprised to get the phone call in the first place, and even more shocked that I got almost two paragraphs in the story. I'm not one of the guys who did all the research on Caner, so why interview me? I'm just a guy with an opinion...

I also think the article missed the mark.

Thanks for the nod, Dan! :o)

Squirrel

DJP said...

True link-troll.

I devote an entire article to you, link to you - and you add YET ANOTHER link.

Chris Anderson would call you "brother."

The Squirrel said...

No, Dan... Fred is the real master of the art of link-trolling!

Squirrel

Zaphon said...

Squirrel...you've arrived.

Fred Butler said...

What a poser.

Brad Williams said...

I hope that Liberty University exercises wisdom in this situation.

Stefan said...

Are y'all using symbolic language? I ain't seen no mention of no squirrels or other critters in that article.

Matt Gumm said...

Wait. So Squirrel is posing as Fred Butler?

Brad Williams said...

Matt, if you have children you should change your blog handle to "Dad Gumm." I mean, seriously, that would be awesome.

Tom Chantry said...

Wait, I'm confused. Squirrel was mentioned in Christianity Today and DJP is jealous? I'm not sure which of those is more surprising!

DJP said...

Tom, to tell you the God's honest truth, this time I don't think I am.

I mean, honestly: Christianity Today?

One guy: Dude! You're in the papers!
Other guy: Really? Where?
One guy: National Enquirer!
Other guy: Unnnnhhh....

lee n. field said...

Christianity Today is "old media".

I haven't even seen a print copy for about 5 years, and was very much unimpressed by what it had become, since I had been a subscriber back in the 80s.

The "when bloggers attack" angle is "meta-news", news about news, of interest to newsies but missing the whole point of the Caner story.

Matt Gumm said...

Brad: I have 5, so yeah. Unfortunately, my Grandpa claimed that moniker years ago. Now that he's passed away, and we live away from family, maybe I can get it from my grandkids.

Chuck said...

Hey, the Enquirer was nominated for a Pulitzer this year over the John Edwards story.

Rachael Starke said...

Chuck

Irony alert. The National Enquirer digs deeper and focusses more on the facts of a story than CT.

Stefan said...

I'm not in the SBC, so am thankfully on the sidelines here, but unless the parties involved act soon (and biblically!), it's only a matter of time before the mainstream media run with this. This is exactly the kind of story that they love.

And for the record, should I ever become a seminary president: I've never kept kosher in my life; didn't become bar mitzvah; have attended a synagogue service exactly twice; and don't know Hebrew (except to sound out the words)—but I was raised in the secular Jewish tradition, attended a secular Jewish Sunday school, observed the holidays, and participated in two community Passover meals every year.

Al said...

I had not heard Caner' name since the whole White/Caner debate explotopia. I was always under the impression that the one place he had credibility was in the realm of apologetics and Islam and now I have been cheated of that impression. Thanks Squirrel.

Since Frank quit (to harsh?) his own blog Dan keeps me in touch with all things Baptist. And for that I am thankful.


al sends

Fred Butler said...

It's been several hours and that Dad Gumm comment is still giving me chucklequakes.

mikeb said...

Hey Dan, this one deserves as much, if not more attention than your Francis Chan comments. Let's hear what Dan the man has to say on the Caner debacle.

DJP said...

Honestly, I don't have much to say. I don't have an inside line on anything.

I mean, beyond the obvious point that (duh) if he has lied repeatedly about his past and his life, it certainly is a moral, ethical, and theological issue. It would explain why he was such a coward in failing to back up his big talk with an actual debate with James White.

The Squirrel said...

Dan also commented on Ergun Caner here.

Squirrel
Link-troll for hire

Frank Turk said...

I'm just grateful that honest-to-Pete journalism is still alive and well at Squirrel's blog. If it was alive and well at CT, this would have been a story 5 years ago.

Matt Gumm said...

Glad to be a source of entertainment, Fred.

Brad's comment is even funnier if you imagine that he sounds like Ashton Kutcher.

Lilian said...

@ Squirrel
Not only did they miss the mark but I didn't think much of the implication that you're stirrrring just to drive traffic to your blog.
Nasty.

trogdor said...

I know I'm sort of late to this party, but oh well. Liberty's position here is just absurd. The man is a seminary president, which means his job is to oversee the training of young men who desire to be pastors/elders/overseers. Should he not at least fit the minimum criteria for them? How is getting a position based on a resume full of lies and exaggerations "above reproach"? How will this make him "well thought of by outsiders", and what confidence does this give that he will not fall into disgrace? Their tolerance - nee, support - of deception is just unconscionable.

Contrast their stance with the treatment of George O'Leary. For the non-sports fans, he had been an excellent college football coach at Georgia Tech University when he was hired in 2001 for a premier job, head coach at Notre Dame. Problem is, someone checked into his background, and discovered some items on his resume were inaccurate. Despite the fact that these inaccuracies had just about nothing to do with his ability to coach football, he was unceremoniously dumped.

To sum: a Catholic school finds out a football coach lied about something inconsequential, and would not tolerate it. A Christian school finds out the seminary president is a liar, and pretends it doesn't matter. These things should not be.