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A Time To Speak

Life is a fight, but not everyone’s a fighter. Otherwise, bullies would be an endangered species.

Andrew Vachss


Chapter Twenty-Six

Win

I thought things had been kind of strange on Overcomers before, but now they started to get even worse.

I had one goal on Overcomers, just one issue that really mattered to me: preventing future abuse and helping those who had already suffered. But more and more it seemed like the other people on the page were only interested in destroying the school. Nothing about FCU was too small to criticize, even when it had nothing to do with abuse. It seemed like there were no lengths they would not go to in order to hurt the entire university, academy, elementary school, and all of the associated ministries. I really felt that we, as a group, were starting to lose our way.

Regina

Look at what I found out today. I was able to get a copy of the course catalog for FCU and I'm in the process of comparing it to the course catalog for North Easley College, which, as far as student body size goes, is the closest college to FCU in this area. I can tell you with absolute certainty that the courses offered by FCU are nowhere near as numerous as those offered by NEC. Overall, there are 20% fewer courses offered by FCU, although it varies from major to major.


Stan

So kids who go to FCU won't have many courses to pick from?


Katrina

Are you even surprised? The only courses FCU really cares about are the ones that help them spread their message of hate, which means all the Bible courses.


Bonita

Even though I never went there, I can tell you right now their courses suck. There can't be anything good in a school that covers up abuse all the time.


Neville

That's right. They keep just enough "real" courses to keep kids interested in attending, but their main emphasis has always been on Bible courses that only teach their view of the Bible. They don't know the first thing about Biblical exegesis vs eisegesis. If you say anything contrary to their own narrow interpretation, then you are automatically "the other" and must go.


Peter

FCU should be forced to advertise that they don't offer all the same courses offered by other colleges of a similar size. That way nobody in their right mind would pick them for college.


Neville

I totally agree. Students ought to know that they have a better choice out there.


This was ridiculous. No college would ever advertise that they had fewer course offerings than another college in the area. And Bonita never even went to FCU!

Regina

The "other" is a constant theme on FCU campus and in FCU churches, marked by the purposeful disassociation of the "other" from "the group", in which the "other" is invariably marked as inferior and not worthy of inclusion in the "the group". This separation and marginalization is actually a manifestation of the unconscious identification of a person with the "other" in ways not fully explored or actualized within the ego (the "self"), hence resulting in self-loathing and a mechanism for rejection. If enough members of "the group" experience the same cognitive disassociation, the group may act to expel "the other".


Dennis

You mean people who don't agree might get kicked out because they don't belong.


Peter

FCU can't tolerate anyone telling them they're wrong. I wish somebody just once would stand up in the middle of one of their BS Bible courses and tell Dr. Seth to put it where the sun don't shine. Nobody needs a load of his crap.


Katrina

Everybody should do that, in every class.


Stan

Maybe they would, if we told them to. We could call it the Brown Out-Sticking It Where The Sun Don't Shine.


Bonita

Wonderful idea, Stan. Students at FCU. tell the administration to Stick It Where The Sun Don't Shine! Repudiate the devil and go against the gates of hell! We'll stand with you!


Katrina

Does anyone know any current students on campus who might be willing to help us out with something like this? It would be great if somebody could organize a day and time when every student would stand up in class and tell the teacher to stick it! We could call it Brown Out Day.


Stan

Brown Out Day! That's awesome!


Regina

Brown Out Day! A day for every student to tell the administration to put their crap back where it belongs. Everyone wear brown to show their support!


I jumped in quickly, hoping I could head off such an awful plan. I thought they were probably kidding, but you never know.

Win

I haven't heard anyone talk about accreditation for awhile. Does anyone know if the school decided to pursue it or not?


Neville

I don't know.


Stan

I haven't heard, but if we find out that they/re trying to get accredited, we need to get busy here and see if we can't stop their application before they start.


Regina

They're still deciding whether or not to apply, according to my source on campus.


Bonita

No school that covers up abuse the way they do should even be considered for accreditation.


So much for my attempt at changing the subject. I was wondering what to type next when another message popped up on the thread.

faith

I think it would be wonderful if FCU receives accreditation. It's so important that the unsaved world sees that Christians can be every bit as professional and educated as they are. In fact, we should be even more so, since we're supposed to be their examples. We need to be the light in a dark world, and accreditation would help us do that.


Faith? What was Faith doing on Overcomers? What would any FIC be doing on Overcomers? How did she even get in the group?

Regina was apparently confused too, because she immediately started a private conversation with the moderators of Overcomers.

Regina

Faith? Who let Faith in here? What is she doing in this group?


Katrina

OMG, I didn't even realize she was here! She must have added herself back when we first started the group, before we made it so that admins had to approve new members.


Win

I guess nobody realized she was in here. It doesn't really matter, since it's not a hidden group. You do realize that anyone can anything we're posting here, right? Including FCU?


Regina

That's not the point. She doesn't belong here. She's a total FIC. We need to get her out.


Katrina

I'll remove her, but we need to think about what Win just said. She's right. The school can see what we're putting on this page. We should change that, especially if we go forward with the Brown Out idea. I'm going to make this a closed group, visible to members only. Does anyone object?


Regina

No, I think we need to do it. We need more privacy if we're going to organize activities against the school. And Faith needs to go. Now.


Stan

Wait. I think I want to have a little fun with her first.


Win

What do you mean, "fun"?


Stan

She's just so stupid, I can't help myself.


Win

Don't be mean.


Stan

No more mean than the school has been to its students for decades.


Regina

Go for it. Make her sorry she ever posted on this page. Then we can get rid of her.


Win

Is there any reason we *have to* make fun of her before we kick her out? Can't we just remove her from the group?


I didn't get an answer to that last question. Stan was already posting a response to Faith.

Stan

Faith, I've been meaning to ask you, what does FML stand for?


faith

It stands for Fundamentalist Minister's League, Stan. I realize their name is not as welcome in FCU circles as it used to be, but their ministry still means a lot to me.


Stan

I thought FML might mean something totally different. Maybe something more like Forgot My Lunch?


Peter

Yeah, because Faith is out to lunch.


faith

Haha, that's funny!


Stan

You just don't get it, do you Faith? You're such a FIC, it actually hurts to talk to you sometimes. It'd be a lot better if FML stood for Freaking Master Loser, because that's how I feel after seeing the dumb stuff you write.


Bonita

That's how Faith will feel, once she realizes she's been following perverts and child abusers all her life. She's going to feel like a *total* loser. And she should! She deserves whatever she's going to get.


Katrina

Yeah, but in the meantime she drags the rest of us down. I'm going to say she makes me Flip My Lid.


Neville

Come on guys, we don't need to be quite so mean. How about it stands for Freak My Llama?


Peter

Feel up My Llama!


Stan

Oh yeah! Feel up my Llama at FML! Because fundy ministers are so perverted, they'll screw anything. Even llamas.


Peter

Or Faith.


Regina

I've got a better one: Flying Moose Lodge


Stan

Because Faith is a cow? But I don't think she flies.


faith

Very funny, everyone.


Mitch

Free Macarena Lessons! Faith, will you teach me how to dance?


Regina

LOL! As if *you* need dancing lessons, you queen!


Peter

Fresh Maine Lobster.


Stan

Is that what we're calling her now?


Katrina

Frogs Making Love


Neville

Fried My Liver


Peter

Froze My Lips


Stan

Froze My Lips while Feeling up My Llama at FML!!! Ha ha!


Mitch

Full Maximum Likelihood. That almost sounds like a porn flick.


Regina

Fulsome Missionary Lovers


Mitch

That really *is* a porn flick. This is getting too weird for me.


They were coming up with ideas so quickly, I was pretty sure that at least some of them had gone on a web site to help them find names.

Katrina

Fiji Muslim League! Because all fundamentalists are terrorists.


Peter

Even in Fiji.


Bonita

Flamenco Mating Lives


Stan

Fidgety Monkey Lips


Peter

French Mormon Laundry


Faith had had enough.

faith

I have to go. Thanks for the laughs. Facebook Me Later!


Poor Faith. She didn't even understand that they were making fun of her, right in front of her. She was totally clueless, and they were more than willing to take advantage of it. Stan messaged the group that had just been active a few minutes earlier.

Stan

Katrina, don't get rid of Faith after all. We can keep her around for laughs and just block her from anything with anything we don't want her to see. It's too much fun to have a real live FIC in here to make fun of.


Katrina

I totally agree. Whenever I get frustrated at FU I can always laugh at her about something. She'll never even know it.


Regina

OK, it's decided. We'll keep Faith in the group, but we'll block her from anything we don't want her to see. And from now on, this page is totally private. Nobody is allowed to talk about what happens in here. Does everybody understand that?


We all agreed and promised Regina, but I wished they hadn't done that to Faith. It would have been much kinder to just get rid of her. And the bad thing was, she would never even realize when they were ridiculing her right in front of her. I didn't dare stand up against them in public, but I decided it was worth taking the risk of sending Faith a private message.

Win

Faith, you should be careful about posting in that group. FML actually stands for "Fuck My Life." They're making fun of you for not knowing that.


She wrote back at once.

faith

Oh, is that what it means? Thank you for the information. I'm surprised that you would tell me that. I thought you were good friends with all of them. Don't worry, I'm a tough old bird, a real Hokie, and I can take care of myself!


Win

Yes, I hate to speak against them since they are my friends, but I don't want you to be hurt, either. That's not right.


faith

If they are being so awful to me, then why do you want to be friends with them?


I had no answer for that.