Alphus and Omegus wrote: ↑
Fri Mar 17, 2023 11:24 pm
Can someone explain why Neville was the primary target instead of Meldrum? That doesn't make sense to me.
I think that Dr. Stak has some great observations in response to this question. I have been meaning to make some more detailed comments on this, but what I will say for now is that it seems to have something to do with the way that Mike Parker’s nose fits comfortably into DCP’s butt crack. Someone would have to check the old posts on SeN, but If I recall correctly, the first mention of Neville came from Parker. I.e., Parker *told* DCP that Neville had said something critical, and so DCP did a post saying, “I don’t pay attention to Jonathan Neville. In fact, I’ve never read anything he’s written. But ‘Neville-Neville Land’ is increasingly important.” Or something like that.
It was striking to me to read the other day that Dr. Peterson’s main problem with the Heartlanders is that they’re “trying to read people” out of the Church. That’s a far cry from what he was saying a while back, when he was accusing them of being a “schismatic” movement. My point being: they keep shifting the goal posts, which means, at minimum, that they *want* the Heartlanders as enemies. Mopologetics cannot function without a “Devil”—hence my epigraph on my OP. In the past, it has been EVs, ex-Mormons, and secular critics, but ever since they were ejected from the Maxwell Institute, they have mainly targeted other Mormons: the “new” MI; the Mormon Transhumanists; and the Heartlanders.
As for Parker: he seems desperate for validation. I think someone upthread called him a “dweeb,” which seems accurate. In any case: he has been so obsessive and aggressive about targeting Neville because of the encouragement he’s gotten from DCP.
"If, while hoping that everybody else will be honest and so forth, I can personally prosper through unethical and immoral acts without being detected and without risk, why should I not?." --Daniel Peterson, 6/4/14