“Nothing about my story has changed. Truth is truth and I have every meeting I ever went to recorded just to prove it.” ~ Christopher Peterman, Crushable.com, comments, May 1, 2012
Unless otherwise noted, quotes are taken from Chris Peterman’s “editorial” published by Crushable.com.
“Before I went back to BJU for second semester 2010…”
Unless I’m mistaken, Second Semester at Bob Jones University runs from January to Commencement in May. For those of you who were Political Science majors, that would include the month of April – April 2010, in this case.
Wednesday 21 April 2010 (12:06AM)
By Christopher Peterman
I have attended BJU for 3 years… and I am currently taking a break from school (financial reasons)…¹
My question is, in which statement is Chris Peterman lying? Was he lying when he posted on Huffington Post for Women “Lemondrop”? Or is he lying now?
“…my friend, Beth Murschell, called me and begged me not to go back to school. Even though my personal views had already radically shifted I still supported BJU and I told Beth that I wasn’t going to transfer anywhere else. She told me that there was so much that I didn’t know.”
Chris says his friend Beth called him and this “call” took place prior to the 2010 Second Semester at BJU. That would make it December 2009 or January 2010 (at the latest).
Is this “First Contact” between The Disaffected (Beth Murschell) and Peterman? To me it sounds as though Peterman read the May 2011 Murschell/Peterman exchange I posted in Evolution of a Rebel – and, having read it, modified the recounting of his story.
Beth Murschell: “…you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. (May 1, 2011 at 8:11pm)
Beth Murschell: “…it’s much bigger and more involved than you can imagine right now. People do NOT know what they are getting into.” (May 1, 2011 at 8:37pm)
Beth Murschell: “They [BJU] have lied to people about it. Straight up lied. And it’s bigger than you know.” (May 1, 2011 at 8:41pm)
Beth Murschell: “Still much bigger than you know.” (May 1, 2011 at 8:41pm)
Beth Murschell: “…I wish you knew the whole story.” (May 1, 2011 at 8:59pm)²
Keep in mind that Peterman says at the time of the Beth Murschell phone call (2009-10) his views “had already radically shifted” – so, this would mean Beth, being a telephone call kind of friend would already have known about Peterman’s “radical” shift in views.
Yet Chris Peterman spends most of this May 2011 exchange explaining his views to Beth Murschell.
Beth obviously had Chris Petermans’ phone number (“…Beth Murschell, called me and begged me…”) – why would she not already know this very basic friend information if they had already discussed it?
Christopher Peterman: Mrs. Murschell…im not trying to pick a fight with you.. but this is my church and my school and my belief system and i have to stand up and say something. (May 1, 2011 at 8:43pm)
→NOTE: They were in the same church in Bradenton, FL where Murschell’s father was former pastor (wow – really?). See COMMENTS section below.
So, take into account the “friends” Christopher surrounded himself with – bad advice all around. Makes us here at THGC wonder just what role Beth Murschell played in all of this?
Continuing on with Peterman’s Crushable.com article…
“I refused. I packed my bags, loaded the car, and headed up to BJU, but I continued to remember Beth’s warnings in the back of my head.” (This would have been January 2010, according to Peterman latest story.)
And now – the origins of the DoRight BJU Facebook page…
“I left his [Dean of Men’s] office and immediately created a Facebook page called Do Right BJU…”
Then this meeting would have had to occur before the DoRight BJU page was created – since the meeting prompted the page’s creation. The DoRight page was founded in October 2011. If an exact date of this meeting between the Dean of Men and Chris Peterman can be established (would have been October 2011), then there would be circumstantial proof that Peterman actually founded the page – all by himself – with no help from The Disaffected who were trying to proselytize students for their own nefarious goals, i.e., the total closure of BJU.
“I left…and immediately created…DoRight…”
This Peterman claim conflicts with this DoRight BJU claim:
Do Right BJU
November 17, 2011
One of the founding members of this page has been threatened and he was asked to leave this group as an admin.
The other admins of this group will continue to stand!³
Notice the plurals – “founding members” – “other admins” – a legitimate question would be: Who are these other people if Chris was alone in the founding of this anti-BJU page? And if these other “founding members” and “admins” are students, why aren’t they being expelled?
“…a Facebook page called Do Right BJU where I wrote anonymously about the Chuck Phelps situation and organized a peaceful student protest… I also called on BJU to remove Chuck Phelps from the Board of Trustees.
The protest was held on December 12, 2011…
Chuck Phelps resigned…”
These quotes are in order of appearance – in other words, this is the sequence of events according to Chris Peterman. Pastor Chuck Phelps tendered his resignation from the BJU Cooperating Board of Trustees on December 2, 2011 – a full ten days before the 12-12 protest. Peterman used the same sequence of events in his interview on WSPA-TV – giving the impression that the protest occurred then the resignation. Not true.
“…many people changed their profile photos to red, creating a virtual sea of red on Facebook…”
And the protest itself was only a “sea of red” on-line (the changing of profile pics) – and predominately by The Disaffected – gleefully participating in what they considered the first step in shutting down an evil, abusive institution.
“Everything was good, or so I thought. Our goals had been accomplished.”
Really? Then why, Chris, did you continue with your anti-BJU rhetoric? Criticizing not only the policies and trivial minutia governing the behavior and conduct of current students, but also the administrators, president and chancellor?
Monday, April 23, 2012 was my 30th “Ship-A-Versary” – 30years since being expelled from BJU. I was expelled for “attitude”, breaking a few minor rules – not for demerits (sound familiar?) – and I’ve written about it extensively.
Sunday evening, April 22, 2012, I watched my first “Chris & Christy* Show” video – and I was shocked that this kid was still a student at BJU. Oh, sure, I had mouthed off a few times, but nothing on the scale of the World Wide Web.
So, as I am wont to do, I wrote about it – sarcastically – claiming that “BJU had changed” and that students could basically get away with anything anymore…
That blog was posted Sunday night, April 22.
“On April 24th I was called into the Dean of Men’s office at 11:00am for what became my final meeting.”
We here at The Hidalgo Grain Company are not claiming credit for getting Chris Peterman shipped, but it does seem like an odd coincidence.
“Today I am barred from the campus of Bob Jones University, told that if I return I will be immediately arrested.”
“I wasn’t expelled for breaking the rules, because most of my demerits are from arbitrary and capricious rulings.”
Rulings that determined you broke the rules.
“I believe I was expelled because I spoke out. I saw abuse happening and I talked about it.”
You, Chris Peterman, published via DoRight BJU unsubstantiated and undocumented claims of abuse (sexual and otherwise) occurring at Bob Jones University – accusing major players in the BJU administration of covering up crimes – allowing posters on your DoRight page to refer to the administrators in demeaning, disgusting and derogatory ways.
And your reason(s) for expulsion are in a constant state of flux. First it was the lyrics to a contemporary Christian song — no, wait — another CCM song — no, I was watching Glee at Starbucks — no, it was for creating the DoRight page — oh — AND opposing Chuck Phelps — what next, Chris? What next?
“I didn’t back down when threatened.”
Insubordination = 50 D’s. And the only threats I remember were the creamed eggs and BBQ hotdogs.
“I didn’t give in when I felt stalked.”
Your feelings bothered no one – it was your actions that got you into trouble.
And you were “stalked”, Chris – but it was The Disaffected that “stalked” you. They needed a surrogate to administer what they would hope to be a lethal dose of contaminate into the BJU circulatory system. And you, Chris Peterman, were that surrogate – that dupe.
“…I was expelled just 9 days before my graduation.”
In my opinion, BJU waited much, much too long.
¹Huffington Post for Women, “Lemondrop”, comments
²Facebook exchange between Chris Peterman & Beth Murschell from last year, May 1, 2011 (now deleted)
³From DoRight BJU on Facebook, November 17, 2011
* Where is this “Christy” anyway? Is she still in school? Or shipped?