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 Post subject: From My Informant: Is DCP Finished as Editor of the Review?
PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2012 2:52 pm 
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My friends, I am a bit aghast over what I've just learned. In my Inbox this morning was a text which, if legitimate, is of enormous consequence. As always, the material should be treated with caution--I'm not certain that this is 100% true, though after asking around a bit, and in light of Kevin Graham's thread, I have powerful reasons to believe that this "intel" is correct.

Though I'm tempted to provide a lot of set-up and context, I think it would be best if I simply cut to the chase. According to my informant and the information s/he provided:

Daniel C. Peterson will no longer be the editor of the Mormon Studies Review.

In effect, his multidecade "reign of terror" has come to an end. The Powers-that-Be at the Maxwell Institute have finally had enough of the polemics and smear campaigns, and thus DCP and Company are being kicked to the curb.

Now lest you be inclined to dismiss all of this as mere rumor, let me add a key detail: I was sent what appears to be the text of an email that was sent to DCP by MI Director M. Gerald Bradford. Here is the entirety of that message (and please bear in mind that I have not confirmed that the text is authentic):

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On Jun 14, 2012, at 10:43 AM, [M. Gerald Bradford] <xxxxxxxxx@xxx.xxx> wrote:

Dear Dan:

I trust all goes well with your travels. I was hoping to hear from you on the Review before you left. Given how far behind it is, we need to decide its future and address our breach of expectations with its subscribers. Our front office staff are even now soliciting subscription renewals for a periodical that is now two issues behind schedule. And I'm unwilling to publish 23:2 as it stands.

I remain convinced that the time has come for us to take the Review in a different direction, along the lines of the prospectus I gave you. But I now realize it was wrong of me to ask you to accept and execute my editorial vision in place of your own. I value you as an academic colleague and I respect your right to pursue the research and publication projects you find inspiring and valuable. I will continue to support you in this regard. But what we need to do to properly affect this change in the Review is to ask someone else, someone working in the mainstream of Mormon studies, who has a comparable vision to my own for what it can accomplish, to edit the publication and devote whatever time it takes to make this happen. I plan to begin the process of finding a new editor right away. At the same time, I would welcome your continued involvement as a member of its soon-to-be-formed editorial advisory board. I believe you will continue to find much in it to commend, and it will be a better publication for your involvement.

I plan to announce that the Review will be on hiatus until this process is completed. In the interim, we will settle things up with our current subscribers. I want to make this announcement as soon as possible and word it the right way.

I’m sensitive to the fact that there are those who would love nothing better than to make something of a change in editors and I’m concerned that we not give them any grounds to do this. I would appreciate any ideas you have along these lines that I might include in this announcement. Please be assured that, while brief, it will be positive and will highlights the important things that the Review has achieved under your helm during the past two decades plus. It will also indicate that the recently christened Mormon Studies Review is going to chart a new course, with a new editorial team, one that will bring it explicitly in-line with the scholarly agenda of the Institute, that will ensure that it clearly complements the Journal and Studies, and that will further enable it to make solid, scholarly contributions to Mormon studies.

Please let me hear from you in the next week or so. I’ll make the announcement sometime around the first of the month.

All the best,

Jerry


If this is true, it would verify what Kevin Graham said about "changes" at the MI, and it would certainly be a step in the right direction.

As always, I need to offer the usual caveats about skepticism and so on. I guess it will become clear in the coming weeks whether this is legitimate or not.

Note: DCP's response to the above message can be seen here:

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2012 3:09 pm 
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Kishkumen wrote:
I'm not buying it.


I'm not so sure that I buy it myself, Reverend, though this one should be fairly easy to confirm or deny. Of course, even if text is authentic, I would imagine that the Mopologists will kick up an enormous, riotous stink. So maybe there will be no change after all?

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Doctor Scratch wrote:
Kishkumen wrote:
I'm not buying it.


I'm not so sure that I buy it myself, Reverend, though this one should be fairly easy to confirm or deny. Of course, even if text is authentic, I would imagine that the Mopologists will kick up an enormous, riotous stink. So maybe there will be no change after all?


Don't you think it could be risky to share private, in-house communications that were not intended for public consumption and reveal private/business details?

Frankly, I think this ought to be removed immediately.


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Kishkumen wrote:
Doctor Scratch wrote:
I'm not so sure that I buy it myself, Reverend, though this one should be fairly easy to confirm or deny. Of course, even if text is authentic, I would imagine that the Mopologists will kick up an enormous, riotous stink. So maybe there will be no change after all?


Don't you think it could be risky to share private, in-house communications that were not intended for public consumption and reveal private/business details?

Frankly, I think this ought to be removed immediately.



Hmm. Perhaps you're right.

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Doctor Scratch wrote:
Hmm. Perhaps you're right.


Yeah, and when I am served papers because people think we are the same person, you better believe I'll have a lot more than a "hmmm..." on my lips.

I advised the mods to take it down.


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Perhaps they are calling him to be bishop of the UVU College Terrace Apartments ward again?

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Well Kish, have you read DCP's alleged response? Because I have, and it has DCP written all over it. I don't think anyone could copy his prose to perfection.

I guess we'll find out soon enough, within a few weeks anyway.


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I'm convinced that it's legitimate. On the one hand, I feel bad for DCP: this was his "baby," and he's poured literally decades of his life into it. On the other, this was really his own doing. People--friends and enemies, critics and TBMs--have been telling him for years to tone things down, and to knock off the ad hominem attacks. He just wouldn't listen, and so now he's like Ahab, sinking beneath the waves because he refused to cease with the hostility.

Ultimately, I think this is a good thing. The Review has just been too negative over the years, and I think it's positive that it will move in a more scholarly direction. It's good for the Church, it's good for interfaith relations, and it's good for Mormon Studies in general.

I suppose the big question for me now is, Where will the Mopologists go? Will Midgley, DCP, Hamblin, etc. take over FAIR? Or will they revive SHIELDS? It'll be interesting to see what happens.

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Doctor Scratch wrote:
I'm convinced that it's legitimate. On the one hand, I feel bad for DCP: this was his "baby," and he's poured literally decades of his life into it. On the other, this was really his own doing. People--friends and enemies, critics and TBMs--have been telling him for years to tone things down, and to knock off the ad hominem attacks. He just wouldn't listen, and so now he's like Ahab, sinking beneath the waves because he refused to cease with the hostility.

Ultimately, I think this is a good thing. The Review has just been too negative over the years, and I think it's positive that it will move in a more scholarly direction. It's good for the Church, it's good for interfaith relations, and it's good for Mormon Studies in general.

I suppose the big question for me now is, Where will the Mopologists go? Will Midgley, DCP, Hamblin, etc. take over FAIR? Or will they revive SHIELDS? It'll be interesting to see what happens.


I suspect so, but they're already entering the blogosphere, mainly because they love to hear themselves speak.


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Perhaps they are calling him to be bishop of the UVU College Terrace Apartments ward again?


That was merely a prelude to a more worthy calling such as the Sixth Quorum of the Seventies. Dr. Peterson will be advancing in whatever new role he takes on.

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moksha wrote:
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Perhaps they are calling him to be bishop of the UVU College Terrace Apartments ward again?


That was merely a prelude to a more worthy calling such as the Sixth Quorum of the Seventies. Dr. Peterson will be advancing in whatever new role he takes on.

Perhaps head of the new covert Apologetic Quorum of iApostles?

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2012 5:39 pm 
So, Scratch...if this really is true, then, in essence, hasn't your battle been won?

There really would be no need for you to continue you anti-DCP campaign if he is no longer in the Mopologist spotlight.

I suppose that there is a silver lining to this cloud for DCP if this rumor is true.


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So, Scratch...if this really is true, then, in essence, hasn't your battle been won?

There really would be no need for you to continue you anti-DCP campaign if he is no longer in the Mopologist spotlight.

I suppose that there is a silver lining to this cloud for DCP if this rumor is true.


Liz, in a sense, you're right. This will totally erode his credibility as an apologist, since it will mean that he no longer has the backing of BYU. He may carry on in other venues--such as FAIR--and I reserve the right to offer up criticism wherever I see fit, but you're definitely right that there is a silver lining here.

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So, Scratch...if this really is true, then, in essence, hasn't your battle been won?

There really would be no need for you to continue you anti-DCP campaign if he is no longer in the Mopologist spotlight.

I suppose that there is a silver lining to this cloud for DCP if this rumor is true.


Liz, in a sense, you're right. This will totally erode his credibility as an apologist, since it will mean that he no longer has the backing of BYU. He may carry on in other venues--such as FAIR--and I reserve the right to offer up criticism wherever I see fit, but you're definitely right that there is a silver lining here.

Actually, I find this possibility refreshing. I miss your posts that didn't involve DCP in some way. This would be an interesting new chapter.


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These communications look like the real deal to me. Once I saw the DCP letter, I was convinced.


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There really would be no need for you to continue you anti-DCP campaign if he is no longer in the Mopologist spotlight.

Anti DCP??

Like revealing the truth about LDS history is anti Mormon?

Scratch is a good netizen, attempting to keep Dano and his posse honest.

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So are we to assume that DCP being replaced was that he was forced out, rather than he asked to be done. If he was forced out do you think it had anythink to do with his boner hot booty shaking.


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These communications look like the real deal to me. Once I saw the DCP letter, I was convinced.


What does the weegie board have to say?

"Throat cut"

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Anybody want to hazzard a guess on DCP's age?

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