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
Unethical Tactics Embarrass Pro-Life Movement
First Cookies then This
This is a continuation of a series begun HERE.
As has been noted in this series before, Jim Wright’s shenanigans throughout the 1980s were the target of a great deal of ridicule and they resulted in national embarrassment with the Moral Majority rejecting their Maryland Chapter and tossing them along with Jim Wright out of the organization. You can see see why with these types of campaigns that continued even after the Moral Majority wisely and quickly disassociated themselves from the sleazy tactics of Jim Wright and the Family Protection Lobby.
This article is presented without extensive comment as a further example of the scorched earth type tactics employed by Jim Wright in promoting his agendas. Keep in mind that much of the criticism of these actions came from fellow Pro-Life supporters. The issue wasn’t the Pro-Life position. The issue was the underhanded and unethical tactics employed. 30+ years later Jim Wright hasn’t changed very much. He still skirts the edge of slander and libel in his predictable and apparently compulsive attacks upon others.
Jim Wright Embarrasses the Anti-Abortion Campaign in Maryland
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
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
Jim Wright Took Only 6 Months to Embarrass the Moral Majority
This is the next article in a series demonstrating the history of Jim Wright, New Covenant Churches of Maryland, Moral Majority of Maryland, the Family Protection Lobby and the Shepherding Movement. The first article is HERE.
As has been noted in earlier articles, Jim Wright, likes to brag about his position as Director of the Moral Majority in Maryland followed by its shattered remnants as the Family Protection Lobby in the early 1980’s. He doesn’t mention, of course, the ignoble ending of the Maryland Moral Majority because he made it a national laughing stock in short order by attempting to have a bakery prosecuted for “Pornographic Gingerbread Men.” He also speaks about these positions as if he were the driving force behind these organizations as the founder and leader. That would indeed be an amazing accomplishment for a man in his early 20s if it were true but of course, it isn’t.
The Wright Family Connections
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 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