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Monday, January 25, 2010

When King Jimmys Attack

Hell hath no fury...

There is a developing scandal among the KJV-only crowd. The self-appointed queen of KJV onlyism, Gail Riplinger, is apparently suing the self-appointed Godfather of KJV-onlyism, D.A. Waite.

The full story is here: Beware of Gail Riplinger. (By the way, there's a cuss word at the top, just so you know).

It looks like the blogger cut-and-pasted from David Cloud's website, but I couldn't find the story there in his archives. However, if one were to go to Waite's site, there are a couple of PDF reports about the break down of relationship between "Dr." Riplinger and the Waites.

To summarize, it appears a couple of years ago, Waite had "Dr." Riplinger speak at a conference of his. The matter of her multiple divorces was just becoming public through the efforts of an individual who took the time to do some background work on the woman. Her divorces came to the attention of the Waites and when they confronted her to explain the accusations, "Dr." Riplinger allegedly lied and told them that she had only been married once, to the current husband. Over the course of time, it became apparent she was lying to them and the Waites being the true fundamentalists they are, separated ways from her. I'm not sure how "secondary separation" principles come into play here, but I digress.

Any how, "Dr." Riplinger is of course scorned by their shunning and there was only one way to respond if you are a wacked out Fundamentalist KJV-only extremist: sue them for all they are worth! That'll teach them apostates! The gist of her "lawsuit" is claiming they lied about her "research" and "apologetic ministry," or that is how I am reading her letters to the Waites.

It baffles me that any reputable lawyer would take such a ridiculous case (assuming there are reputable lawyers) and a court would waste the time hearing it, but I am getting to where I am not being surprised by such things nowadays and the antics on the fringes of independent fundamentalism is no exception.

I wrote a little bit about Gail and her ministry among IFB churches back around the summer.

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Blogger DJP said...

reputable lawyer

There's where you went afield.

4:28 PM, January 25, 2010  
Blogger Highland Host said...

I am not surprised. Gail Riplinger is a liar, possibly pathological. I have exhaustively examined all the quotations from B.F. Westcott in "New Age Bible Versions", and as a result I have no hesitation in saying that Mrs. Riplinger is quite unable to tell the truth. She is one of those people who have no interest in truth when a sensational conspiracy theory would be much more fun!

To give two examples, in her latest incoherent rant, "Hazardous Materials" (the real hazard is that some people actually believe the claims in it), she first of all states that "The Da Vinci Code" is a trustworthy source of information on the Knights Templar, and that Leigh and Baigent are historians (as I have said before, one of Britain's leading academic historians has described the men to me as "fabulists"). Secondly, she states that Lewis Carrol is "still a suspect" in the Jack the Ripper murders. In fact one sensational author suggested that Carrol was Jack the Ripper, based on the extremely dubious (read utterly insane) procedure of re-arranging the letters in his writings to produce confessions that he was Jack the Ripper. The problems with this procedure are legion, but here are a couple: 1). The only basis to seek such confessions in Lewis Carrol would be some actual evidence he was Jack the Ripper, none exists. 2). Using this prodecure one can make any writing into any other writing. Oh, and the date of this? 1996. the bery website Riplinger cites in the text of HazMat describes this crazy idea that can only have been invented to sell books! It is almost unnecessary to add that the same website pours scorn on this insane theory. But does this bother Riplinger? No! Why let the truth get in the way of a nice innuendo!

1:40 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger John 3:17 said...

No surprise that her threat of a suit came to nothing. She hasn't yet sued anyone she's threatened. No lawyer is going to take her case seriously. Besides, being on the stand in court is the worst possibly thing for a liar like Gail Riplinger.

7:47 AM, July 01, 2010  

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