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
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
Jim Wright’s Deep Roots in The Shepherding Movement
Strong Denial from Jim Wright, was the Tip Off
(Note: On March 5, 2015, Jim Wright’s Facebook Page, Crossroad Junction, was suspended and possibly deleted for multiple Community Guideline violations. Although this deeply impacts and cuts down on the unethical things Jim was doing with that account, such as buying likes and paying for sponsored blog articles to spread his gossip and smear attacks, he still maintains his libelous blog and has in the past week edited articles in the wake of his recent embarrassment. For this reason, both the Crossroad Junction Watch Blog and Facebook Page are remaining up and new articles will be released as warranted.)
Jim Wright – Shepherding Movement
The inaugural article of this blog (LINK) tells the story of who Jim Wright is and how at the time, he was masquerading as a network of churches with no other named members, and further masquerading as an organization called Nathan’s Voice, that he tried to pretend was independent of him (he’s the only known contact and spokesperson). He used this network of sock-puppet blogs in a bizarre attempt to accuse multiple people of outrageous things. I made a small comment in that first blog article about Jim Wright’s activities seeming to be pretty similar to something called “The Shepherding Movement” from the 1970s and 1980s. To my surprise, over time, Jim Wright, in some of his subsequent blog posts and on his Crossroad Junction Facebook Page, which was suspended by Facebook on March 5, 2015 for multiple Community Guideline Violations (LINK), made loud protests against this characterization. If I’ve learned anything in dealing with this deceptive man, it’s that the louder he denies something, the more likely there’s something there he’s trying to hide. This proved to be the case this time as well.
Just the Tip of the Iceberg
Jim and Marianne Wright’s Crossroad Junction Facebook Page Deleted
It’s been a long time coming.
Jim Wright – Suspended from Facebook
Facebook Suspended Jim and Marianne Wright’s Crossroad Junction page on March 5, 2015. As of March 19, 2015 the page has not returned. In general, any page missing for more than 2 weeks is a good indication that it’s been permanently deleted. Jim and Marianne Wright using various identities as Fulcrum Ministries, Crossroad Junction, Nathan’s Voice and Fulcrum Express (and this is not an exhaustive list) have been pumping a steady stream of misinformation, innuendo, gossip and outright slander toward multiple people for over 2 years. The past few weeks have seen even more ridiculous and shriller charges of stalking, cult leadership and actively promoting sexual abuse and defending sexual abusers directed at the author of this blog who stood up to this activity and behavior and dared to point out their aberrant and bizarre behavior. It culminated with a desperate attempt to try and appeal to a page population by over 6,000 people, most of whom never participated actively, and were from 3rd world countries, to start a campaign of harassment toward the author of this blog as well. In addition, Jim Wright also began taking his slanderous personal attacks and actually paying to make them sponsored advertised pages in other people’s feeds. When you can’t get attention based on your own merit and reputation, I guess you have to pay for it.
Jim and Marianne Wright’s Crossroad Junction Page has a Long History of Facebook Community Guideline Violations
(Note: Facebook removed this slanderous link because it violated their Community Guidelines. This has happened multiple times. The article is remaining here as it still remains on their libelous and deceitful blog. Further since the publishing of this article, Facebook suspended Jim Wright’s personal Facebook Account (restored on Sunday March 8, 2015) and the Crossroad Junction Facebook Page (still down at the time of this note being updated.)
I Knew What was Coming
Jim Wright – Serial Facebook Community Standards Violator
I knew when I undertook independently about 2 years ago to stand against Jim and Marianne Wright and their repeating pattern of distortion and twisting of the truth against others that I would myself be attacked by this couple, and lied about.
Jim and Marianne Wright are predictable if nothing else.
Outrageous Charges Escalating Over Time
Facebook Silences Jim and Marianne Wright Again
Jim Wright – Facebook Community Standards Violator
It’s not the first time it’s happened. Jim Wright has had multiple posts removed from his Crossroad Junction page on Facebook as has Keith W. Smith and Healing Communities. It is the most recent however. (Note: since the publishing of this article, Facebook suspended Jim Wright’s personal Facebook Account (restored on Sunday March 8, 2015) and the Crossroad Junction Facebook Page (still down at the time of this note being updated.)
Jim Wright on Feb 6, 2015 recently launched another salvo in his more than 3 years old campaign against multiple people who have dared to disagree with him in areas of theology and church polity. In this latest violation of Facebook community standards, Jim and Marianne Wright, the joint sponsors and authors of Crossroad Junction, accused the author of this blog of stalking, making bizarre comments and a whole litany of baseless and mean-spirited accusations lacking foundation. He even had the audacity to ask people on his page to report the author of this blog for daring to communicate with them privately.
Additional Investigation Underway
Keith W. Smith PhD?
(Note. On Sept 1, 2014, Keith Smith publicly confessed to some of the academic and professional fraud pointed out in this article) He has made no contact with me nor any public statement I am aware of acknowledging his attempts here to libel me with the statements he made on Facebook and which he and his wife Jeanne Elder Smith have made in other forums when they were continuing to lie and defend what he now confesses partially to.)
For the second time in a week, Keith W Smith and Jeanne Elder Smith have violated Facebook Community Standards and had a post removed under the category of harassment and hate speech. What is particularly sad about it this time is that they used the Facebook Page “Healing Communities” which represents itself as a safe place for people to share problems and struggles in their lives. This “safe place” attacked Bart Breen and accused him of being an internet troll and mental illness. What is even more disturbing about this, is that Keith W. Smith claims to be a psychologist who offers services to help people in this area. What sort of reputable psychologist would attempt to diagnose and then personally attack somebody publicly using alleged mental illness as a weapon? That’s a violation of basic professional ethics for anyone claiming to work in this arena. Who’s the troll based on this?
This is further evidence of the character of this man and the types of methods he uses. Compound that with the fact there is strong evidence that he is claiming credentials from UCLA as a PhD in Psychology that UCLA does not confirm, and there’s good reason to treat him with extreme skepticism and not accept anything he claims without independent confirmation from a reliable source. Jim Wright works closely with Keith W Smith and relies upon him and his claimed credentials to attack multiple people online. Jim Wright has also had multiple posts removed from Facebook for similar violations under the categories of Harassment and Hate Speech.
Here’s the report from Facebook showing this most recent violation from “Healing Communities.”
“Healing Communities” Facebook Violation
There is much more to say about what has happened in this arena and the collaboration between Keith W Smith and Jim Wright to defame and attack multiple people while at the same time attempting to promote themselves as “Organic Church” experts. More will be forthcoming in the days ahead.
(Note. On Sept 1, 2014, Keith Smith publicly confessed to some of the academic and professional fraud pointed out in this article) He has not apologized or acknowledged his lies and slander of Bart Breen over this matter.
Keith W. Smith
Keith W Smith, recently attempted to retaliate for the revelation made here that he claims a PhD from UCLA in Psychology that the UCLA Registrar’s office does not confirm.
Smith, who claims to be a psychologist and a professional in the field (although I’ve tried in vain to find any licensing information to this point) violated Facebook’s posting standards in the areas of Hate Speech and Harassment within their Community guidelines by attempting to paint the author of this blog as mentally ill. This raises additional questions as to the actual training and qualifications of a man who claims to be a psychologist but who doesn’t hold to minimum standards of professionalism in public conversations. I don’t believe any credible psychologist would attempt to diagnose a mental illness publicly and then use it as a weapon against somebody. Continue reading
(Note. On Sept 1, 2014, Keith Smith publicly confessed to some of the academic and professional fraud pointed out in this article) There has been no contact from Keith Smith to me apologizing for the personal attacks made before he in fact acknowledged his fraud.
“Dr.” Keith W Smith’s Attempt to Deflect Attention Fails
Keith W. Smith
Keith W. Smith has made a few fainthearted attempts to deny the information released here last week after it was revealed that the UCLA Registrar’s Office refuted the claims of he and his crony James C Wright of Manassas VA, to pass himself off as a PhD in Psychology. Below is a screen shot of an attempt to discredit the author of this blog by simple ad hominem attacks while ignoring the substance of the claim.
This is the easiest thing in the world to refute if is it false. All Keith W. Smith needs to do is provide direct evidence of the claim from the Registrar’s Office at UCLA of the Degree itself along with an independent email address or contact that anyone can contact to verify the claim. The fact that it’s been about a week’s time and no such communication has been provided speaks very loudly. All that’s come back is this weak back-channel personal types of attacks that makes claims of mental illness and trolls which were removed by Facebook for violation of community guidelines under harrassment and hate-speech. Continue reading