Saturday, October 3, 2015

Guest Column: Rap541's Rebuttal to Anne Bailey's 'Farewell' Article

Written By Rap541

A Critical Analysis of Anne’s Farewell
 I actually considered not doing this, mostly because it feeds the flames of a certain crowd but if Anne is allowed to be “mad as heck” and spew a whole lot of falsehoods and accusations then why can’t I play too? So lets take a look at Anne’s hallowed words. I also considered not doing this simply because it feeds Anne’s ego to get attention – and folks, a several page long “I’m leaving!” rant is attention seeking, but I am also tired of Anne presenting herself as a victim when it’s clearly not the case. So here goes:
"This will be my last article to appear on this Spiritswander Blog. I hope considering all of my significant contributions that I will be given the respect of not having my final article edited and that it will be published in its entirety as God intended it to be." 
Anne loves to do this. She’s throwing herself on the cross declaring how awful it is that she might be censored. So when you run to insist this is all about censorship, here are some questions to ask yourself and Anne.
  1. Was this article edited?
  2. Is Anne actually willing to make that accusation? Or is she merely hinting she *may* be edited? Because really, if the very idea of being edited makes her “mad as heck”… well, has she? Has Anne ever straight up said, “my original article was edited into something I can no longer take pride in?”
If the answer is no, then Anne is making a false accusation in an attempt to smear Spirit, who graciously allowed Anne to post here. I’ve seen Anne angry that an article was taken down, and I have seen her harp on how she doesn’t want to be edited… but I have never actually seen Anne say Spirit is maliciously changing her work. She just publically suggests that it could happen. It’s essentially a rumor she won’t commit to.
"As Christians, we can not allow disrespect to our beliefs or freedom of speech. Just as the brave county clerk, Kim Davis, showed all of America, we must stand up to forces trying to silence our beliefs. We must always act in a manner that God instructs to act. God has spoken to me and has put it in my heart that I cannot allow Spiritswander to disrespect me and the Christian work any longer." 
I find this hilarious on several levels. For starters, this is not about freedom of speech. No one, and folks, I mean no one, is stopping Anne of writing articles about anything. And if she really feels disrespected by Spirit, then there is absolutely nothing stopping Anne from running her own little blog and having her Sunday column. There’s really not. More on that later.
Now I have my opinion of Kim Davis – but that isn’t important. What Anne wants to suggest is that she, like Kim Davis, is going to the wall for her beliefs. Whether I agree with Kim Davis (I don’t) I do accept that she is at least willing to risk a great deal for her viewpoint. Here’s my problem. Anne is comparing herself to a woman willing to go to jail for her beliefs because… she’s quitting a purely voluntary position over what amounts to well, a childish petty concern. Kim Davis, love her or hate her, really is against gay marriage. She went to jail over it. Anne is really against Jacob Roloff and… quit the fight over feeling disrespected over a scheduling issue. Not over censorship. Over having her article publication delayed due to a breaking story. That’s why Anne quit. She even says so. Anne, you’re no Kim Davis.
"I will explain because the truth must be known. I am as mad as heck. This is a result of how I have been treated despite the massive amounts of feedback to my columns and my writings and that I allowed the Spirtiswander blog to reap the benefits of the attention from my work. 
It is unfortunate, because great things could have come if Spiritswander had accepted my generous offer to take full control of the blog months ago. It could have turned into a great Christian voice on the Roloffs and life lessons that would serve the readership and earn the respect of the Roloffs."
Again this is a false argument. Let me explain. It’s all fine and good to offer to take full control of the blog but… Spirit never actually expressed any interest in having someone take over the blog. That never happened. I mean, I can offer to take over as preacher at Anne’s church but if no one wants my services and if no one ever asked for anyone to take over from the current preacher, then there’s really no reason for me to brag about how awesome I am to have offered.Also this really assumes that Spirit a) wants to be a Christian voice and b) wants the respect of the Roloffs
"My offer was not accepted. Yet I moved forward and contributed my columns all the time while I was never and have never been compensated for my contributions."
Another false argument. One that Spirit actually had to address in a separate article because Anne made such a big deal about it. No one is being compensated for writing for the blog. No one was ever offered compensation for writing for the blog. Anne is complaining that she wasn’t paid as though she has been treated unfairly when Spirit made a point of bluntly explaining to everyone that no one is going to be paid. So why is Anne openly complaining about not being paid? Why is “and I am not being compensated” even part of the discussion?
Oh right, it’s a false argument designed to make Anne appear more of a victim. No one has been compensated for working on the blog.
"Furthermore, I made a simple request initially and then after it happened week after week and that is that Rap541 not be allowed to respond to my articles. I believe Rap541 is the work of the devil and seeks to defend Jacob and create chaos and turn constructive discussion into hateful attacks on the good Christians. Yet my pleas were ignored. Rap541 was permitted to invade my articles week after week."
Hmmm. So she asked that I not be allowed to comment and was told no. So telling Anne no to a request is *victimizing* Anne aka another false argument.
Point – who here who supports Anne would support my making a list of people who can’t post on my articles? I bet none of you would like that. And there’s a reason I don’t ask for that. There’s no discussion to be had if one side is intentionally silenced.
"I have received many emails from other commenters to the blog expressing their disgust for how the Spiritswander Blog is moderated and Rap541's behavior that is tolerated. Even people who disagree with my subject matter want Rap541 to be controlled and banned."
Hee hee “Everyone anonymously agrees with me!”
"Despite the disrespect of ignoring my requests, I was the bigger person. I did as God commanded me and forgave and moved ahead trusting that the power of my message would make a difference and that evil forces would come around and be defeated just as Audrey Roloff is fighting evil forces hacking her blog. 

A while ago, I was informed that my article might be delayed because a person named Benjamin submitted a journal entry from his deceased brother involving an alleged encounter with Jeremy Roloff as apparently Benjamin had asked Spiritiswander to publish it once he submitted it. 

As a contributor, whose reputation is now linked to the Spiritswander Blog, I expressed my displeasure and my view that it should never allowed and before it ever be allowed that I be given the final editing and publishing decision. Jeremy's reputation should not be sullied in such a manner by someone who is clearly bitter and blaming their perverted mentally stabled dead family members on Jeremy's Christian actions which were completely justified. 

This deeply disturbed me, however, since as far as I know the entry has not been submitted, I moved on"
Anne actually compares herself to the blessed Audrey, interesting. I again note that Anne’s method of fighting evil forces is to whine a little bit and then quit, after you know, being theoretically disrespected.  But lets look at this more closely. Anne, who doesn’t own the blog or control the blog, told the owner of the blog to not publish an article. When told no, Anne then insisted she be allowed final edit and commentary as there were things she absolutely refused to have published. In the blog that she doesn’t actually own or control.
How was Spirit disrespecting Anne? Anne was openly disrespecting Spirit, and has the gall to post this lengthy “I didn’t get my way so I stomped my feet like a whiny child and now I am going complain in public how UNFAIR it is”.
It’s not unfair. Spirit owns the blog and gets to make all the final decisions. If Anne wants to run her own blog where she can print what she wants, its childishly simple for her to do so. Instead, she disrespects Spirit on Spirit’s own blog. I personally wouldn’t tolerate it but Spirit is clearly a better person than I in allowing Anne to post such disrespectful drivel. Anne would have no voice at all if it wasn’t for Spirit – she won’t set up her own blog, and she disrespects Spirit openly and Spirit still allows her to post, That’s pretty damn generous if you ask me, especially since Anne shows her gratitude by spitting in Spirit’s face.
I actually asked Spirit about this article btw because I was curious but apparently there was a journal entry from Benjamin's brother that needed to be transcribed and Benjamin has yet to get back to Spirit with it. It’s a pity.
It’s not a conspiracy.
"The next arrow of disrespect was after I informed Spiritswander that my weekly column would be completed following Church on Sunday. Perhaps it was the reference to Church that caused the problem. I do not know."
Again, Anne making an accusation that is untrue and disrespectful to Spirit. As Anne later describes, Spirit had a perfectly reasonable reason to push back publishing Anne’s article. If Spirit just had a problem with church… why would Spirit post anything from Anne?
" What I do know is that I was rudely informed my column would have to wait because Spiritswander wanted to compose the article featuring Jacob Roloffs distasteful tweet about his family and money from the show. Considering I was the regular contributor to Sundays, I graciously volunteered that I would be responsible for writing the article about Jacob's. I was once again greeted with disrespect and told no I was not allowed."
So first off, we’re not assigned days. J
Second, its Spirit’s blog. Spirit wanted to write the article about Jacob’s tweets. Spirit is under no obligation to post ANYTHING from anyone. It was something Spirit wanted to write about and Spirit reserved the topic. Getting told no is NOT being disrespected. Really.
"That was the final straw. God does not want me to be treated with this kind of constant disrespect. Therefore, I refused to contributor anymore content. I am writing one last farewell article. You never know what God will have in store in the future, but for now, it is not my intention to contribute my talents to Spiritswander Blog"
Oh look! Anne is firmly standing tall. Until you know, she isn’t getting attention and then she and God will have a chat and it will somehow come out that yup, Anne is a Warrior for God again… until she gets bored or finds it too difficult to come up with fresh articles about how Audrey’s skin cream is approved by Jesus. Then we’ll get another disrespectful flounce.
Then we get Anne’s lengthy goodbyes. For the record, a friend of mine reading your declaration that I was the devil actually guffawed in laughter at that. I’m not going to run down ALL the declarations because frankly it’s all the same thing we hear from Anne. She lets all the Roloffs off the hook for not endorsing her viewpoint because she’s setting a horrendous example herself by not standing tall for Jesus here. She calls Jacob evil. She continues to insist God wants her to quit. She exhorts people to speak out even as she quits the fight.
Minor interjection. If Anne really wants a blog to control, its childishly simple to set one up. The only reason she doesn’t is because she wants the audience Spirit already built and doesn’t want to work for it. That’s always been the Christian argument against setting up a blog… it would be too hard and it’s just easier to demand Spirit hand over the blog already built up. My advice to the whiners? Do your work.
Anne, if anyone is owed an apology, it’s you owing Spirit a big one for being so incredibly rude and arrogant and ungrateful. Have you ever thanked Spirit for letting you post articles?

I’m betting the answer is no. You’ve certainly done nothing but publicly complain and whine like an ungrateful child.


Debbie said...

"Also this really assumes that Spirit a) wants to be a Christian voice and"

Of course Spirits doesn't want to be Christian voice. That's clear in Spirits poor treatment of Anne, anti Jeremy articles and praise of Jacob Roloff's bratty Christian bashing rants online.

The Blog's readership asked for Anne and Spirits is being petty and denying the audience what we want.

Anne quitting was not cowardly. She was standing tall for her self respect which in turns, is standing for God.

Kim Davis wouldn't let the government tell her that Gay marriage was right. She knows God is against it. She stood for God and wouldn't give in. Anne wouldn't give into Spirit's disrespectful treatment. She wanted to be able to represent us Christians.

Rap541 said...

Debbie - its Spirit's blog. If Spirit doesn't want to be a Christian voice then the Christians here need to stop complaining and *do their own work*.

Anne quitting is childish and cowardly. It got hard and she found an excuse to quit. She won't set up her own blog that would solve all of her complaints, and she whines like a child how its unfair. Obviously she isn't interested in doing the work it takes to be a Christian voice and obviously she isn't interested in leading you Christians because she *quit*.

Over a perfectly reasonable request on the part of the blog *owner*.

At last check gay people are getting licenses in Kim Davis's county. She didn't win at all.

Rap541 said...

The Blog's readership asked for Anne and Spirits is being petty and denying the audience what we want

Btw this is Debbie lying.

Let me explain.

Spirit isn't denying Anne the opportunity to post articles at all. Anne doesn't like how Spirit runs the blog and has quit writing articles.

That is not *Spirit* denying the fans of Anne articles. Spirit even posted Anne's unpleasant diatribe of hate and complaint about Spirit. Debbie is LYING when she accuses Spirit of denying the audience. Anne is the one who quit. Anne is the one denying and in typical Christian Hater fashion, Debbie is lying in order to play the "If I bitch loud enough people will believe me" game.

Don't believe it. Anne quit. Debbie is lying. And Spirit is being the bigger person in allowing Debbie to say such hateful things. For which Debbie won't offer any thanks becausde she's a Christian. Such an example, lying and hating for Jesus.

Bobsmom said...

Rap, you're wasting your time. You could write until your fingers fall off and the Anneites will never listen because they are delusional.

"Of course Spirits doesn't want to be Christian voice. That's clear in Spirits poor treatment of Anne, anti Jeremy articles and praise of Jacob Roloff's bratty Christian bashing rants online."
Then what's the problem Debbie? Anne has always had the option of starting her own Christian centered blog and has been too lazy to do so. Why, as a dedicated follower do you not help her?
You also say that the readership asked for Anne. But really only a small group wants her here.
Anne quitting will be cowardly if she doesn't continue to write in God's glory in her own venue.

I don't think very many people feel that Kim Davis doesn't have the right to believe whatever she wants but she, like all of us, is required to do her job and if her morals and ethics do not allow her to do that (and that's a valid choice) she needs to do what others in the same situation have done and resign. It's telling that her camp chose to lie about her time with Pope Francis.

Spirits was not disrespectful, Anne is.

Ecossais said...

Where on earth do you get the arrogant, erroneous impression that the blog's READERSHIP asked for Anne?
Spirits posted a long vicious diatribe from Anne and Anne was off and running.

A few bible thumping fanatics like yourself do not represent the readership. Nobody appointed you and your misguided cohorts as representative of the readership.

It is time to give it up and get over it Debbie.

Why don't you all go and write on Audrey's blog? She says she wants to hear from you.

Ecossais said...

That's telling it like it is Rap. Couldn't have been fairer. Ann, we know you are reading this: respond.

k Has c said...

Right On Rap!!! I for one am glad that Anne B is GONE. I say if the Christians want a blog go make one some where far far away, away from all us sinners (Snark).

Janet said...

Anne deserved much more appreciation than she was given. She was by far the best thing about this blog.

As a Christian, I appreciated that someone was willing to present Roloff information from the standpoint of wholesome Christian beliefs. She said what needed to be said, about Jacob, even about the good Roloffs. When their faults showed, Anne kindly corrected them.

Anne did all this knowing that she would face the insults. It didn't matter. Anne stood for her beliefs.

I don't fall Anne for not wanting to be a punching bag. God doesn't ask his followers to allow themselves to be treated like garbage throughout life.

PS. I think the real reason why Benjamin's brother story has not been published by Spirits is because it shows that Jeremy was justified and any attempts to smear him as a Christian or suggest that he's a hypocrite and not acting as Jesus commands were totally wrong and false.

Rap541 said...

I don't fall Anne for not wanting to be a punching bag. God doesn't ask his followers to allow themselves to be treated like garbage throughout life.

Jesus Christ, have you actually read the Bible?

Hell, have you even watched The Passion of the Christ?

The whole point of that little story was God asking Jesus to submit to torture and die for your sins. And yet you sit here and say God doesn't ask his followers to do something hard....

Oh hey, here's a Bible quote:

"A marriage shall be considered valid only if the wife is a virgin. If the wife is not a virgin, she shall be executed" - Deuteronomy 22:13-21

Audrey wasn't a virgin, neither was Destiney and heck, maybe Tory wasn't either. Christians, your thoughts?

Rap541 said...

Bobsmom I know I am wasting my time as far as some people go, but really, I am annoyed with the level of sheer rudeness people treat Spirit with.

There doesn't have to be a blog at all. Spirit could take it all down tomorrow and no one is owed anything or any explanation. Spirit puts a huge amount of effort into allowing all sides to talk. That's why I have a huge problem with Anne alleging her articles are being edited in such a mealy mouth passive aggressive fashion.

Kathy said...

It became the Anne page and all about Anne. Not everyone is Christian.

Ecossais said...

The "Christian" thing got out of control with Anne and her bible thumping minority trying to take over. It would be laughable if it was not so sad.

This blog was never defined as Christian.
LPBW was never touted as Christian programming.
The Roloffs were never promoted on the basis of being Christian despite the kids going to a Christian school and talk of that crazy pastor - Comer.
Jer and Auj "talk the talk" but their actions say otherwise.
Money is the god of all the Roloffs.

Anonymous said...

Stop with the "Christian" stuff. There are many differences between Christians regarding Christianity. Anne's brand of Christianity (and a lot of those here) seems to include delusions of grandeur. Über fundamentalist judging. ..

Jesus the Gardener said...

With all the mentions of God here I'm surprised he hasn't miracled up a blog for Anne or has seen fit to imbue folks with the knowledge of how to click the button to create a blog.

SScooter43 said...

People need to remember that this is Spiritswander's website and he can run it any way he likes. Don't like it? Tough luck. Nobody is forcing you to read it.

Anonymous said...

I wish Anne all the best in her future but I do think she was in the wrong here. You simply can't take over a blog owned by someone else and expect to be given control of what they publish simply because you believe your message is noble and important. She fully expected to be handed the reigns and when it didn't happen, she threw a fit. She's not a victim here, regardless of how she tries to paint it.

Anonymous said...

Never in my life have a seen such atrocious behaviour preached under the guise of religion as I have seen written by Anne Bailey. In Australia we call it bullying!! I came across this blog today as the new episodes are yet to be released here and I was checking out the release date. Since discovering it, I have read through the articles written by Anne and I'm appalled to be honest. What else can you call someone, besides a bully, who is viscously attacking a person that they do not know, who they only have an impression of from a TV show and through social media and then to fall back and call it religious calling?!?!? My mind is blow. Thank God that all these so called Christians did not have their lives exposed to be ripped apart by the masses when they were 17 - 18 years old. I am truly dumbfounded that a supposedly "good Christian" could be so nasty to another person purely because they don't share their beliefs. God Help us all of everything we all did as teenagers was on display for people to rip us apart, the suicide rate would surely be higher than it currently is. Kudo's to Rap, you are the ONLY person, I have consistently seen product a realistic, well thought out view point with out resorting to bullying. You have done a fantastic job of acknowledging that Jacob is human, young and learning how to navigate the world in his own way, and pointing out that the rest of the Family aren't saints and blameless like a large number people seem to think they are. Crazy...

Christinia Large said...

Amen well said!