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The 2020 Sampson Avard Golden Scepter Award

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Friends and Colleagues:

My heart brims with affection this autumn season. Things have been so hard, but we can at least rest assured that certain things in life--such as Mopologetics--will continue to operate like clockwork. Even a pandemic will not throw them off their game! And I have to say: Cassius is on the west coast, and all the fires, among other things, have been difficult to deal with and think about. But I truly believe that good things are ahead. Better times are coming before too much longer. The air is cooler: the stifling heat of summer has passed. And we are in the holiday season. Halloween. Thanksgiving. Christmas. All traditions that anchor us to our own humanity. And thus, it only makes sense that we'd set aside some time to honor this year's recipient of the very prestigious Sampson Avard Golden Scepter Award. The award was established a long time ago by Dean Robbers, and it's meant to honor somebody who has made an unmistakable and transformative contribution to the field of Mopologetics. This year, there can be no doubt that the most deserving person is: Hannah Seariac!

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Seariac, of course, became famous after (allegedly) circulating a petition meant to "out" and "eliminate" "liberal" professors at BYU. Seariac has been rumored to be a protege of John Gee, and thus one of the "heir apparents" of the Mopologists' legacy. But Seariac has expressed hesitancy and fear as well: there have been moments when it has seemed like she wants nothing to do with the Mopologists. I'm sure Dr. Midgley already has plans for dealing with her eventual exit.

But, who knows? Maybe she's in it for the long haul, though I doubt it. In the meantime, Hannah Seariac is in her prime as one of the vanguard of this fledgling "Mopologetic Youth"/DezNat movement. But the fact that Daniel Peterson has withdrawn his support is probably the death knell.

Well, as they say: "It was fun while it lasted."
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Will the story of Dr. Louis Midgley's epic journey to New Zealand be mentioned in a later year-end wrap up?
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Seariac is far more deserving than the other nominees. Well chosen, Doctor!

When did Doctor Peterson withdraw his support?

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Doctor Scratch wrote:
Wed Oct 21, 2020 10:35 pm
Friends and Colleagues:

My heart brims with affection this autumn season. Things have been so hard, but we can at least rest assured that certain things in life--such as Mopologetics--will continue to operate like clockwork. Even a pandemic will not throw them off their game! And I have to say: Cassius is on the west coast, and all the fires, among other things, have been difficult to deal with and think about. But I truly believe that good things are ahead. Better times are coming before too much longer. The air is cooler: the stifling heat of summer has passed. And we are in the holiday season. Halloween. Thanksgiving. Christmas. All traditions that anchor us to our own humanity. And thus, it only makes sense that we'd set aside some time to honor this year's recipient of the very prestigious Sampson Avard Golden Scepter Award. The award was established a long time ago by Dean Robbers, and it's meant to honor somebody who has made an unmistakable and transformative contribution to the field of Mopologetics. This year, there can be no doubt that the most deserving person is: Hannah Seariac!

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Seariac, of course, became famous after (allegedly) circulating a petition meant to "out" and "eliminate" "liberal" professors at BYU. Seariac has been rumored to be a protege of John Gee, and thus one of the "heir apparents" of the Mopologists' legacy. But Seariac has expressed hesitancy and fear as well: there have been moments when it has seemed like she wants nothing to do with the Mopologists. I'm sure Dr. Midgley already has plans for dealing with her eventual exit.

But, who knows? Maybe she's in it for the long haul, though I doubt it. In the meantime, Hannah Seariac is in her prime as one of the vanguard of this fledgling "Mopologetic Youth"/DezNat movement. But the fact that Daniel Peterson has withdrawn his support is probably the death knell.

Well, as they say: "It was fun while it lasted."
Doctor, I have to say that I am truly impressed that you were able to set aside time from all of your humanitarian efforts in supporting the battle against wildfires and the efforts to address the impact of COVID-19 in order to make this special announcement. I was busy scrubbing ash off of the roof of the Brutus Memorial Chapel and Rectory, when an RA in our much-lauded Jaredite Studies program (working for Professor Symmachus) shouted up to me with this exciting news. I had a feeling Hannah Seariac was looking at some recognition and notoriety this season, and I am not disappointed!

To your generous description of Ms. Seariac, I would like to add the following notes from her growing curriculum vitae:

In a short time, Hannah Seariac has gone from being a right-wing Catholic culture warrior in the fine tradition of Steven Bannon, Bill Barr, and Amy Coney Barrett, to being a DezNat-adjacent culture warrior in league with the Mormon alt-right darling Tristan Mourier. Who can forget her efforts to make sure that her Catholic college kept the school newspaper named "The Crusader"? Who can forget her efforts at staging a mass online publication of the dark words of liberalism being spoken by professors on BYU campus? Who can forget her softball interview questions for John Gee at the FAIR podcast, or her blog entry devoted to attacking John Dehlin and falsely accusing Chino Blanco of being a pedophile? Indeed, who can forget that her blog was once called "Bible and Brigham Based," which is a double nod to DezNat and alt-right popular discourse?

In a short time, Hannah has expended a lot of enthusiasm and energy. Her record seems positively manic. But, we should not forget that she is young, and she is, after all, studying Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Coptic, and Mayan, so this does not leave her a lot of time to think before she jumps. I look forward to hearing much more from the irrepressible Hannah. Any little flecks of history from her early career will be gracefully forgotten if she stays with Mopologetics for the long haul.
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Somebody want to list each year's winner? I don't want to go back and try to create the list, but if someone has it, it'd be fun to see.

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Doctor Scratch wrote:Cassius is on the west coast, and all the fires, among other things, have been difficult to deal with and think about.
That reminds me: during my senior year of high school, I toured several college campuses in the northeastern part of the United States. While passing through Massachusetts, I thought I'd swing by Cassius for a tour. Imagine my surprise when I learned that Cassius was on the west coast! (I think I completely misunderstood the popular slogan "Harvard is the Cassius of the East.") Of course, I ended up matriculating at Cassius (before I was flunked out).
Doctor Scratch wrote:Seariac, of course, became famous after (allegedly) circulating a petition meant to "out" and "eliminate" "liberal" professors at BYU.
How's that campaign going? I occasionally check KFBYU's Instagram account. Nothing has been posted since September 8. Is it a complete flop? Surely at least one BYU professor has said something nuanced about the Family Proclamation in class in October.
“A scholar said he could not read the Book of Mormon, so we shouldn’t be shocked that scholars say the papyri don’t translate and/or relate to the Book of Abraham. Doesn’t change anything. It’s ancient and historical.” ~ Hanna Seariac

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This is a huge honor, and I fear it won't be appreciated as it should. Perhaps though, one day.
Lou Midgley 08/20/2020: "...meat wad," and "cockroach" are pithy descriptions of human beings used by gemli? They were not fashioned by Professor Peterson.

LM 11/23/2018: one can explain away the soul of human beings...as...a Meat Unit, to use Professor Peterson's clever derogatory description of gemli's ideology.

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Gadianton wrote:
Thu Oct 22, 2020 8:04 pm
This is a huge honor, and I fear it won't be appreciated as it should. Perhaps though, one day.
Perhaps not openly, Dean Robbers, but something tells me that every winner brags about it in the company of fellow apologists.
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Kishkumen wrote:
Thu Oct 22, 2020 8:00 am
... and she is, after all, studying Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Coptic, and Mayan, ...
Hannah must be pretty smart to be studying the proto-Uto-Aztecan languages.
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Is this board working? I tried to put up a new post yesterday and received error messages.
“A scholar said he could not read the Book of Mormon, so we shouldn’t be shocked that scholars say the papyri don’t translate and/or relate to the Book of Abraham. Doesn’t change anything. It’s ancient and historical.” ~ Hanna Seariac

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Tom wrote:
Sat Oct 24, 2020 9:45 am
Is this board working? I tried to put up a new post yesterday and received error messages.
I think the answer is maybe not exactly. I know that people are currently working to get the board fully back in action. It will, unfortunately, take a little time. That said, the effort to get the board back in shape is ongoing and active.
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Stem wrote:
Thu Oct 22, 2020 8:48 am
Somebody want to list each year's winner? I don't want to go back and try to create the list, but if someone has it, it'd be fun to see.
The Cassius archivist is out today, but off the top of my head:

2020: Hanna Seariac
2019: Louis Midgley and Blake Ostler
2018: Allen Wyatt
2017: Stephen Smoot
2016: Grant Hardy
2015: Neal Rappleye
2014: Blair Hodges
2013: William Hamblin
2012: Trevor Holyoak and Gerald Bradford
2011: Lamanite
2010: Pa Pa
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Tom wrote:
Mon Oct 26, 2020 11:05 am
Stem wrote:
Thu Oct 22, 2020 8:48 am
Somebody want to list each year's winner? I don't want to go back and try to create the list, but if someone has it, it'd be fun to see.
The Cassius archivist is out today, but off the top of my head:

2020: Hanna Seariac
2019: Louis Midgley and Blake Ostler
2018: Allen Wyatt
2017: Stephen Smoot
2016: Grant Hardy
2015: Neal Rappleye
2014: Blair Hodges
2013: William Hamblin
2012: Trevor Holyoak and Gerald Bradford
2011: Lamanite
2010: Pa Pa
Great work, Tom. How times have changed since Pa Pa and Lamanite were deemed worthy of receiving this coveted award! Now one has to be more of a kind of celebrity to gain this kind of recognition, it seems. Ah, for simpler times.
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I am not sure if I am able to judge fairly. I have difficulty comparing a young enthusiastic convert to the Baalful influence of Bannon or Bill Barr. It seems to my mind pretty solid for a Mormon to see Bible and Brigham as foundational. That is the reality of Mormon. I respect her honesty there, no "its just a couplet" nonsense.

I can share distaste and suspicion toward a campaign to out professors who make statements she thinks improper. But I am unsure how seriously to take such an enthusiasm. I do find myself realizing that in my college experience ,in a previous century before the internet, students discussed the qualities and interests of different professors. Some gained more positive reputations than others. I doubt there is a way to escape such student review and analysis.

I may miss some of the impact of the student reporting process at BYU. I went to a school with no orthodox belief expectations. (though it was occasionally rumored that the religion dept strongly expected professors to be atheists.)

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huckelberry wrote:
Mon Oct 26, 2020 2:34 pm
I am not sure if I am able to judge fairly. I have difficulty comparing a young enthusiastic convert to the Baalful influence of Bannon or Bill Barr. It seems to my mind pretty solid for a Mormon to see Bible and Brigham as foundational. That is the reality of Mormon. I respect her honesty there, no "its just a couplet" nonsense.

I can share distaste and suspicion toward a campaign to out professors who make statements she thinks improper. But I am unsure how seriously to take such an enthusiasm. I do find myself realizing that in my college experience ,in a previous century before the internet, students discussed the qualities and interests of different professors. Some gained more positive reputations than others. I doubt there is a way to escape such student review and analysis.

I may miss some of the impact of the student reporting process at BYU. I went to a school with no orthodox belief expectations. (though it was occasionally rumored that the religion dept strongly expected professors to be atheists.)
A couple of points. First I compared her pre-conversion career to Bannon and Barr as fellow right-wing Catholics. That point was not carried over to the present, but the jury is out on where she goes from here. Furthermore, falsely accusing someone of pedophilia is really not an innocent mistake. It is reckless.

But, I think we can all allow for some missteps at the beginning of a quest for Mopologetic stardom.
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Kishkumen, I am not familiar with the pedophilia accusation. That would be a serious mistake and does remind one of some of the worst of the inquisition. Your choice of characterization, reckless, sounds quite appropriate.

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huckelberry wrote:
Mon Oct 26, 2020 10:55 pm
Kishkumen, I am not familiar with the pedophilia accusation. That would be a serious mistake and does remind one of some of the worst of the inquisition. Your choice of characterization, reckless, sounds quite appropriate.
On her now-defunct first blog, Hannah accused Chino Blanco of being a pedophile based on risible evidence. I believe he did not take kindly to it, and then he threatened her with legal consequences. I do not know the latter for a fact, but I do know he was a aware of the accusations, and that soon after he confronted her about it, her post was edited to remove the bogus allegations. I have screen caps and I am not making this up.

But, again, live and learn, eh? It is not as though I, too, have not made boneheaded mistakes along the way. I hope people will not hold them over my head forever, and I do not plan to hold these early errors over Hannah's head forever. We will see where she goes with the DezNat associations and her culture warrior career.
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