Doctor Scratch wrote:
--They aren't going to allow any discussion of this on MDD, and I doubt very much that DCP himself will say anything about it. Right now, he's probably working double-time behind the scenes in an effort to reverse Bradford's decision.
Is it possible for Bradford to reverse his decision? I think it's not possible, and he would likely be removed himself, were he to cave in.
--@Beastie, I hope so, too, though as others have pointed out, this "informant" was quite anxious to see that the information be made public, and I think that measures have been taken to keep everything in the clear. Dan sent the message to close to 20 people, knowing full well that the MI "leaks like a sieve."
Which means he wanted this out in the open.
--To what extent will DCP's message work as a tactical move? His threat is based mainly on funding, which seems extremely risky to me. I'm sure Bradford thought this through before he issued this "prospectus." I also think that there must be GA support behind all this. I don't think that there is any way that this could have gone down without approval from someone in the upper echelons of Church leadership. Regardless, Dan seems to view Bradford as having "checkmated" him.
Which makes me wonder if there is some flexing being done by someone... maybe Pres Monson?
If there is a chess game going on which Dan just lost, then this is not news to him. Which makes me wonder about the back story.
--DCP is blowing some things out of proportion. Bradford's message made it clear that he intended to keep Dan closely involved in the changes that were being made. The word "fired" is Dan's--not Bradford's.
He's never been afraid of hyberbole. And playing 2nd chair is not his style.
--The bit about him being out of the country is interesting. Does it mean that, had he been in Provo, he would have been able to offer up more opposition, or tap into his connections more efficiently?
Chess game again. And there's a long history of this sort of thing in the church, like when polygamy was announced in general conference, long after there was no chance for the members to leave.
--Even if all of the info we have so far is true, I don't think it means that Dan is totally finished as an apologist at the MI. I would guess that he's going to try to utilize everything at his disposal to lash out at Bradford and to get the decision reversed. So while it may be tempting for some to rejoice over this "house cleaning," it's still not a done deal. But the thing is, I can't help but think that Bradford was extremely careful here, and he's got basic common sense on his side. All this stuff that DCP is threatening is bad on every level: it's bad for him, it's bad for the donors, it's bad for the MI, it's bad for BYU, and it's bad for the LDS Church.
This "I'll take the funding elsewhere" is a kneejerk reaction, and highly illadvised. Downright stupid, actually. It certainly shows that this sort of megasetback has never happened to Dan before. Welcome to the real world.