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||Re: blacksda.com POSTING
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I am sure we share similar emotions regarding this matter.
Perhaps an argument may be made for the criticism you have received
regarding the e-mail postings, but I should tell you that they
have served to make me comfortable communicating with both you
and Mr. Joy and if they serve to put pressure on Danny and Tommy,
you may carry the criticism as a badge of commendation.
You should know that I have FAXed to Mr. Joy a copy of Mr.
Riva's letter to me dated June 13, 2003, along with excerpts
from my reply to Mr. Riva.
As to the skittishness we all suffer, I find a remedy in a
Biblical principle. That principle perhaps may be best expressed
"The truth shall set you free!"
Too many for too long in too many venues have feared reproach
and negative effects. The number of victims has increased as
a consequence. Though a foul path, we should shod our feet appropriately
and march forward and attack the issue head-on! Ultimately, less
will be lost by a full disclosure and honesty than by cover-up
and deceit. Not the path of least resistance, but does not this
path seem more like the one Jesus would take?
You may quote me by name on anything except the fact that
I am personally aware that Tommy Shelton molested a young man
here in Virginia in the mid to late 1990s. Give me until after
the meeting here Sunday and then check with me regarding that.
You may make public my 2003 letter to Dr. Thompson and action
items (which were compiled by the congregation of the Ezra Church
of God) and may note that the action items were also sent to
Mike Riva, Tommy's attorney, with my reply to his letter of June
13, 2003. You may note that I gave you my permission to do so.
In early 2003 Roger Clem first confided to me his victimization
by Tommy Shelton. It was within a week or less that Tommy called
me. Please give Roger the courtesy of a call and do not make
public his name unless he gives you permission. If necessary,
call me and I will call Roger ahead of you that he might feel
comfortable speaking openly with you.
This is a divisive issue here and our Board of Trustees and
I welcome your prayers in advance of our meeting tomorrow afternoon.
Pastor Glenn Dryden