Jim Wright’s Reputation with Maryland Legislators
Called a “Self Proclaimed Demagogue”
This is a continuation of a series started HERE that provides much of the history of Jim Wright, along with his father Bob Wright, in the Shepherding Movement and intense political activism.
This is an article in the Annapolis Capitol that further gives some insight into the arrogance and bullying that Jim Wright became well known for in Maryland. What is sad is that these tactics continually backfired and in the end wound up harming the causes Jim Wright claimed to be supporting. Most issues Jim Wright pursued ended up losing, often times in part because of his actions. This is why the Moral Majority quickly kicked Jim Wright and the Maryland Chapter that was founded jointly by his father Bob Wright, out of the national organization, after Jim Wright embarrassed them nationally in the press with an attempt to close a bakery that Jim Wright claimed was selling “Pornographic Gingerbread Men.”
Family Rights Lobby Gets Chilly Reception
Stacking the Deck is Nothing New for Jim Wright
This Sounds Familiar
This is the continuation of a series examining the history of Jim Wright and the Family Protection Lobby, which begins HERE.
Jim Wright – Stacking the Deck
The more I learn of the long stream of public scandals involving Jim Wright and the Family Protection Lobby which Jim purportedly ran under the nepotistic appointment of his father Bob Wright, who established multiple organizations in different spheres of Community, Government and Religion, the more I see a thread of similar actions at work today. When I first became familiar with Jim Wright, it was initially through his announcement through Crossroad Junction where he made outrageous and false accusations against a Christian Brother, by citing another organization called Nathan’s Voice which he claimed had investigated the basis of his charges independently. It turned out that Nathan’s Voice was none other than Jim Wright himself speaking for an organization with no other named parties. Add to that that Jim Wright used a professional and academic fraud to trump up additional false charges and you see the type of man he really is.
This type of blatantly unethical action is nothing new for Jim Wright and it follows a longstanding pattern that extends back to Jim Wright’s days in the Family Protection Lobby. It was blatantly hypocritical back then, just as it remains blatantly hypocritical today. This is the background story to an early example of how Bob Wright and his son Jim Wright, attempted to use similar unethical methods in the 1980s to promote their agenda back then.
Bob Wright’s Failed School Board Candidacy
Why Jim Wright Has Issues with Sovereign Grace Ministries
New Covenant Church of Arnold MD, is now an SGM Church
This is the continuation of a series started HERE.
Jim Wright – Sovereign Grace Ministries Ties?
If there’s one thing I’ve learned about Jim and Marianne Wright, Crossroad Junction, Nathan’s Voice, Fulcrum Ministries, Fulcrum Express and Fulcrum Forum, or whatever name de jour Jim Wright tries to re-identify himself as, it is that if Jim Wright has an issue with someone or some organization, that will be the basis of his taking aim and attacking with a whole litany of personal and ridiculous accusations. This has included his last two institutional Churches in Manassas, VA which he left in the midst of conflict with Church leadership and charges of sexual impropriety, and in the case of the second church was actually formally excommunicated following another litany of incredibly ridiculous charges of financial impropriety.
Another organization that Jim Wright attacks regularly is Sovereign Grace Ministries which I thought must have been because it was in the local news in Northern Virginia and Maryland and was a convenient target because it does have some legitimate issues of sexual abuse in the past. Jim Wright loves to cite stories in the news or of court issues related to Sovereign Grace Ministries (SGM) and then with no real basis for comparison to then cite whomever else he’s trying to attack in the same breath as if there’s some real connection there.
As is usually the case, there is a connection with SGM in Jim Wright’s world, but it’s with Jim Wright himself and he appears desperate to distance himself from it. Future articles may take a look at some psychological issues connected with a practice known as “gas-lighting,” of which this is a prime example, but in this instance the connections to Jim Wright were pretty easy to find and, of course, desperately covered up by Jim Wright as he seeks to redefine himself away from his real historical roots.
Sovereign Grace Ministries and the Shepherding Movement
Jim Wright’s Misrepresentation of His Past
His Parents and Organic Church
This is an article in a continuing series started HERE.
For the past few years, Jim Wright has been holding forth on Facebook (before the Crossroad Junction Facebook Page operated by Jim and Marianne Wright was shut down by Facebook for Multiple Community Guideline Violations), the internet and his blog site with the claim that his parents, Bob and Mary Jane Wright, were pioneers in “Organic Church.” Jim Wright bases his own claim of “leadership” as an “elder” in Organic Church in great measure upon his proclaimed heritage through his parents whose work he claims to be carrying on.
This is a heart-warming story. It would be even more heart-warming if it were true. As has been demonstrated on this blog time and time again however, Jim Wright is promoting stories that twist the truth and are often gross exaggerations and often, as in this case I believe, outright lies.
Annapolis Capitol Editorial
Jim Wright’s Reputation in Maryland
Jim Wright routinely refers to himself as something of a respected crusader from the 1980s. He’s claimed to have been the subject of books and articles outlining his groundbreaking work in this area. It all sounds marvelous until you actually research and see what he did and what was said about him.
As has been noted in a series of posts which starts HERE, which was started just following Jim and Marianne Wright’s Facebook Page being deleted by Facebook after multiple Community Guideline Violations, all Jim Wright really was in the 1980s was a young man placed in a position by his father in what appears to have been an act of nepotism and control to try and manage a family based “empire” of organizations which all circled around Bob Wright at the time. Jim Wright today attempts to do the same thing with his own stable of LLC corporations and holding corporations and his unsubstantiated claims to be part of a “vast network of organic churches in Northern Virginia.” It’s nothing new for Jim. It’s a pretty established deceptive pattern.
Annapolis Capitol Editorial March 30, 1982
Multiple Ensuing Scandals Involving the Wrights
From Gingerbread Men to Beyond
As was noted in previous articles in this series which starts HERE and referenced in Annapolis Capital Newspaper articles at the time, the short term association of the Wrights with the Moral Majority before the National Organization kicked out their embarrassing chapter, was also in part, a move by the Wrights to maintain control over the contributions. The Moral Majority national office apparently processed the contributions and there was concern on the part of the local chapter that not all funds were being returned for direct use and control at the local level. Given that much of the base for the Maryland Chapter was evidently tied into the New Covenant Churches of Maryland of which Bob Wright was the President, this was clearly not an acceptable situation and it’s my opinion that the separation of organizations would have likely occurred anyway, just over this issue, but as the local chapter had made the National Organization a laughing stock in the media, things moved that much more quickly.
The Republican Party Connection
Follow the Money
New Covenant Churches and the Family Protection Lobby
(This article is the third in a series demonstrating the ties of the Maryland Moral Majority, the Family Protection Lobby, the New Covenant Churches of the Eastern Shore of Maryland, to the Wright Family and their connection with the Shepherding Movement. The first article is HERE.)
As a quick recap, the Moral Majority of Maryland was formed in June of 1980, with Bob Wright as the Vice-Chair of the organization. Jim Wright was appointed as the Director of the organization despite the fact that he was in his early 20s and had only graduated recently with a degree in Biology. The Maryland Chapter of the Moral Majority was the 48th to form, no doubt because the state of Maryland was overwhelmingly Democrat and the perceived practical influence was not seen as very high. The National Organization however, surely expected more than being made a National Laughingstock in the press with the decision of Jim Wright to make an issue of “Pornographic Gingerbread Men” in a local bakery.
Smaller Scope – Greater Control