Saturday, September 29, 2012

Mac Brunson Reads Apology


Here is the formal apology from Mac Brunson which was one of the terms of the settlement of the lawsuit filed by Tom and Yvette Rich against Brunson and FBC Jacksonville in Duval County, Florida.

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15 comments:

Thy Peace said...

The apology was about 40 seconds. I do have to commend Mac in seeing the light in this incident. I would encourage him to get to know the people who sit in his church. You know to love his brothers and sisters, even when they disagree with him. The odd thing about this whole affair was the total dysfunction of the people in charge in seeing the disconnection with what they profess and with how they act.

New BBC Open Forum said...

Yes, and he read every. single. painful. last. word of it through gritted teeth. Do you really think he "saw the light" or meant a word he said? The only reason he apologized was because it was one of the terms of the settlement of the lawsuit. That was one of the most disingenuous "apologies" I've ever heard. His words in his deposition contradicted that whole "apology."

If Mac had any remorse at all he would have attempted to contact the Riches privately to apologize long before things got to the point they did, and he would have seen to it that the trespass orders were cancelled. As far as I know that hasn't happened. Unless trespass orders expire or they've been rescinded, neither Tom nor Yvette can ever legally set foot on FBC Jax's property again.

No, I think the only "light" Mac saw was the one on the train at the other end of the tunnel, and it was on a collision course with his own gravy train.

Thy Peace said...

Nass: I agree with you. I was painting a more generous picture of Mac's apology. I think Wade, had the right approach. Too bad that Mac never learnt how to do that.

New BBC Open Forum said...

You're too kind. Really. :-)

Bill said...

What does it say about the integrity of the "Man of God" when he reads a disingenuous apology from the pulpit?

Mark said...

It was probably going to cost him a lot more money if he didn't read that statement. Even if this reading was contrived, I am glad Tom stood up to what I view as a bully. Why do preachers think they are above everyone else? It stinks to high heaven. Literally.

Bill said...

Nothing sounds more sincere than starting off your apology by saying: "I want to read something to you."

New BBC Open Forum said...

... except perhaps, "I have to read something to you."

New BBC Open Forum said...

Oh, and "if I offended you."

Thy Peace said...

I was thinking what the costs would have been if Mac did not offer an apology ...

1. $50K (WD received from his first lawsuit against the city)
2. $300K (Mac land gift valued before the financial crash)
3. $1M (Mac's house)
4. $16M (FBC Jax Receipts for 1 Year)

Guess where the costs would have been, if Mac dug his heels in, and FBC Jax had to cough up ...

I am going with something between #3 and #4.

Bill said...

Yeah, I mean who would be offended by being called a sociopath by your pastor in the local paper. Awfully thin skin.

jim said...

It's Tom's turn now.

If Tom had the right to criticize Mac, Mac had the right to respond to Tom.

Anonymous said...

"If Tom had the right to criticize Mac, Mac had the right to respond to Tom."

Mac does not have the right to violate Tom's civil rights.

That's why he was forced to apologize - as a part of a court order.

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Thy Peace said...

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