Ebenezer, Skewed

self1This is how Camille starts her self-congratulatory piece on her exit from Bob Jones University in 2007. This is how she is going to pat herself on the back and get everyone to praise her for her heroism, dedication, and just plain sainthood. Greg Easton has already written extensively about Camille’s exit from Bob Jones University, and Sally has covered it as well. Therefore we’re not going to re-hash it here. What we are going to do is remind our faithful readers of some common themes in Camille’s bloviated benedictions on herself. These themes come up every time in her writing, and they can be summed up as past persecution, persistent trauma, and present sainthood. And let’s not forget to mention how she does all this in true Drama Queen style. First, the past persecution. Camille starts into her usual dissertation about the heroic stand she took for truth, justice, and the American way, in her own inimitable style. post1 This is a great way to set the stage to talk about being persecuted. Dramatically recount how many years it’s been, drive your reader to wonder what traumatic thing happened to you at that time, and then start off with something very innocent and sweet. It all started with the children, you see. BJU wanted permission to hit my child, and I wouldn’t let them, so they decided to fire me. Nobody could argue with that, after all. But the persecution intensified: post2 More language of persecution: post4 This is all typical Camille-speak, and it goes on for pages and pages in some of her writings. Keep in mind that BJU has never spoken publicly about Camille’s firing, so we are totally at her mercy to hear her explanation of events, and there is never any  mention of anything she might have done wrong, no admitting that perhaps even a teensy little part of what happened badly might have been her fault.  (Go look at Greg’s blog again.) Think about this for a second. Have you ever been fired from a job? Many of us have at one point or another, whether it was an entry level job flipping burgers at a fast food place or a management job cooking up mergers in a corporate boardroom. And if we’re honest about it, even if the firing was totally unjustified, there are usually things we can learn from the experience, things that we did at the time that seemed right, but in looking back, make us stop and say, “Yes, they were at fault, but I could have done things differently too.” That’s part of maturity, having the wisdom to look back at a situation and being willing to admit that we might not have been perfect. You will find absolutely none of that maturity or introspection in Camille’s many writings about her firing from BJU. Ever. All you will find is her past persecution. post2 Naturally, because Camille was persecuted in the past, she faced persistent trauma. It’s time to bring in the heavy metaphors: post6post7Remember what really happened? Good grief, was she in a near-fatal car crash or something? She didn’t suffer a traumatic brain injury; she just got fired. It happens all the time, to lots of people, for lots of reasons. It’s painful, yes, and never a fun experience. But it is not trauma on a level comparable to war veterans with PTSD. It was just a job. And by Camille’s own words, she is better off outside the bubble of the BJU world. So why is she still whining about being forced out of it ten years later? Because she’s a saint, that’s why. And saints who get persecuted and suffer trauma get to tell us how they overcame it all, and we’re supposed to stand around in awe and wonder and wish that we could do it too. post8Oh, this is rich. St. Camille has healed. She has healed so much from her persecution and trauma that she spends all day every week day, like it’s a full time job, doing nothing but cataloging the supposed continuous wrong doings of BJU. She pulls apart their cafeteria menus, their building maintenance, and their music programs. She posts endlessly about their hiring choices and their chapel speakers. She covers the smallest announcement from their PR department with all the gravitas of a reporter on the presidential beat. And she does it all to help other people. Except there’s no mention of the many, many people she’s hurt. People who have had their reputations slandered, who have been bullied and shamed publicly, who have been threatened with non-existent legal actions, spied on by fake personas and been the subject of cruel memes. She says nothing of the abuse survivors who have had their stories stolen and corrupted, and make no retraction of the lies she has helped to perpetuate about other people, even when those lies were publicly and irrefutably disproven. No, Camille, just goes on her merry little way, posting her faulty “research” and prejudiced opinions, indulging in Tea Party-like conspiracy theories about the might and power of BJU. Even Dan Keller once admitted, sort of, that one of his more heinous actions was “inappropriate,” but Camille has never apologized for anything. Instead, we get one final view of the saint-in-action: post9Gee, she’s selfless, isn’t she? But in case you’re still not convinced how persecuted and saintly she is: post10 So there you have it. The persecuted, traumatized, but still saintly Camille Lewis, whose god doesn’t seem to have done much for her so far. Camille, if you’re an example of God’s help, then God help us all.

4 Comments

  1. Katharine

    Excellent comments. What a joke CKL is. And she talks about the BJU “revisionist” history! Her own writings betray her skewed memories of what really happened.

    She needs to get a real job in the real world, where she might find out that when a manager (teacher) gives something to another employee under their direct supervision (student), even a devotional book, if there has been instruction not to do it, you are going to be called on the carpet.

    Where, after you leave employment, you go back and lead a protest (even a very small, very ineffective one) you very well might get banned from the property. She’s lucky the police weren’t called on her. That would happen at any number of businesses that I know of…..for the protection of the current employees. Seems to me that Stephen Jones treated her very gently, only banning her from campus. (At a place she hates…..very publically. Why would she want to set foot over there, anyway?)

    Sorry. Camille. You left there. Ten years ago. You are an ageing has-been who is largely forgotten on that campus, and they have gone on quite merrily without you. That’s hard on your immense ego, doubtless. Suck it up and get a real life, why don’cha?

    And wait, CKL, wait. So it wasn’t over theology, after all??? Maybe by your 20-year Ebenezer you will have the true story sorted out.

    But I am not holding my breath.

  2. Option 4

    Camille fancies herself the ultimate wounded Christian. In her mind there is no martyr greater or more noble than St Camille. Her pain and hurt is so deep that healing can never ever come EVER! The truth is that she was a terrible employee. She got ticked off at her boss when they told her she couldn’t publicly try to destroy one of the execs of the business for which she worked over a calvanism theology dispute. Bju was paying for her doctorate work at IU and she wanted to use that opportunity to blast them in her dissertation. They said no.

    For the rest of you reading this who have a job, let me ask you how you think it would go for you if you criticized your boss or your bosses boss in the local newspaper editorial? I am not talking about corrupt or immoral things, just a regular dispute like you don’t like the fish served in the lunch room, your job description, your desire to take over your bosses job because you can do it better or any number of things. How long would your company keep you? If you support Camille, give that a try and see how that works out for you.

    Camille, in the words of The Great Pumpkin himself, “You’re fired!”
    This makes 3 colleges that have hired Camille that she is no longer employed at ;). To be fair, we don’t know why one of those schools ended their relationship with her, but we can guess that she just didn’t bring enough value to the table for them to keep her.

  3. Pilgrim

    She’s healed?!?!?!?!?!?!

    Without your quoting her in this blog post, I never would have know she’s healed! Honestly.

    She gives every appearance of still having extreme/severe emotional/psychological problems.

    Maybe she should consult Greg Mazak or the Bergs? Obviously her licensed practitioner has done her no good at all!

  4. Fedupwiththeidiots

    Yes, seriously? Healed? I’m sure not. I have some interesting inside connections to her real life. She’s most assuredly not anywhere close to being healed. So, she’s certainly not a poster child for secular counseling. But we all knew that because we see her whiny, bitchy little posts that skew everything to hell and back. Camille, you are a sorry assed idiot. .

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