Laura Hales – You once again show your true colors. For those who say apologists don’t engage in Ad hominem – take a look
Laura Hales tonight came onto one of my post and made a personal attack that is inexcuseable
Her First Comment
“Bill Reel I’m neither critical, delusional, greedy, fame-hungry nor “apologetic.” LDS Perspectives Podcast produces interviews about LDS history, culture, and doctrine. Many of which have appeared on your podcast. Tag. You’re it. And I know you like a soapbox. Have fun. Unlike you, I don’t derive my financial livelihood from producing a niche podcast.”
I took her comment as saying that I make my financial livelihood off my podcast since she felt important to note she didn’t. Which is a demonstrably false attack and absolutely unchristlike and mean spirited. But Maybe I misunderstood her, maybe I had taken her words the wrong way. So I made a comment asking for an explanation.
Her response when asked to clarify
““I believe that you are working in St. George/Hurricane area because of someone you met through your podcast. I believe your employer has sponsored events where you have promoted your podcast. You are no longer in Ohio.”
So now she insinuates that in some way a listener did me a favor giving me employment that I didn’t deserve nor am qualified for.
Let me state clearly – I do not think Brian and Laura Hales are very nice people. I have on multiple occasions now been attacked personally by them when pointing to unhealthy behaviors in our tribe or flaws in our theology generally within Mormonism.
But this is made worse by the fact that my employer considers the Hales friends and I can only imagine the disrespect they likely feel from this episode.
I am lucky to work for the incredible employers that I do. I was lucky that we crossed paths. And yes it is due to the podcast that we got to know each other and build the relationship we have. It has been one of the most incredible miracles in my life. Truly a tender mercy. And while I am fortunate, I also know they would say the exact same thing. It has been a incredible relationship where both sides consider themselves fortunate. For Laura Hales to have said what she did is just one more instance of the Hales being one thing when working to uphold an image and another when their emotion has them showing their true selves
Not sure how one person can criticize another for having a product that brings in donations with their work and who has not, up to this moment, yet taken a salary meanwhile the person criticizing has books on Deseret Book’s store shelves and profit from their sales. Laura your a hypocrite and my experience has shown that to ask for an apology from a Hales is fruitless. Good people don’t cross such lines and when they do, they apologize. Lets see if you surprise me.
Integrity and honesty mean something – you have neither. I wish such arenas could involve discussion that centers on the issues and on the behaviors of the institution and it members and defenders generally and would never dip into personal attacks. But I also won’t stand idly by and be bullied by Mormon apologists who choose to denigrate their critics on a personal level rather than discuss the substance of the issue at hand.