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Doug Phillips is the President is Vision Forum Ministries, founder of the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival, a leader of hazardous journeys, a defender of the Christian doctrine of women and children first, a fashionista historian seeking to glorify the providence of God, and a TOOL.
A Brief History of Dougie
Doug Phillips is the son of Howard and Peggy Phillips. Papa Phillips was Jewish and converted to evangelical Christianity later in life. He ran three times for the US presidency as a member of the Constitution Party. Doug has five siblings, including a sister Alexandra who is an unmarried opera singer (clearly she has no clue about being a Titus2 woman). Despite now being against college, Doug went to not only receive an undergraduate degree, but also a JD from George Mason.
Doug met his future wife Beall in college. He ran the college Christian newspaper, she ran a ministry to unwed mothers (Alternatives to Abortion). It was a love of convenience at first sight A transfer of authority occurred and Doug and Beall went on to have eight blessings: Joshua Titus (known around these parts as JT), Justice, Liberty, Jubilee, Faith, Honor, Providence and Virginia Hope (no joke, that is what they named their children). Most don't realize he has 8 children as he seems to be very partial to his bookends JT and Virginia. Doug identifies as a Calvanist. Politically he claims to be a libertarian, however, he is only a libertarian as it applies in allowing him to do whatever he wants. Doug worked as an attorney and director at the National Center for Home Education for six years.
Vision Forum and its Plethora of Off-shoots
In the year of our Lord 1998, Doug founded Vision Forum Ministries (VF). VF exists to make Doug Phillips money. VF makes Doug Phillips money by selling over-priced crap to good Christian homeschooling families. They sell toys that will "equip boys for manhood" including a rather scary amount of toy weapons, camping/navigational gear, chemistry kits and lot of books about knights in shining armor. Additionally they sell toys that will "equip girls for womanhood" including lots of dolls and doll accessories, tea sets, gardening kits, and lots of books on preparing to meet your prince charming. In addition they also sell Christian homeschooling curricula, which is basically books on creationism, re-defining history with a Christian spin, and videos of Doug and his ilk on special adventures (more on that later).
Every year VF selects an elite group of Godly, Christian, homeschooled men under the age of 24 to partake in their internship program (don't forgot to include a recent photo in the application!!). They bask in Doug's everlasting glow and learn how to become True Christian Leaders. A special group of interns partake in a media immersion internship learning filmmaking, photography, editing, sound effects. Duties also include trolling FJ keeping Dougie aware of our shenanigans (Hi Interns!!). The VF Interns hold a special place in Dougie's heart. He often officiates at their marriage ceremonies. Some he even forges life-long friendships with such as Peter Bradrick whom Doug considers a bosom friend.
Doug is also founder of the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival. Doug has proclaimed it the "Oscars of Christian Films." Winners take home the "Jubilee" statue or as Thoughtful has dubbed it, "The Pedo" (for reasons which are obvious once you see it). The grand prize winner also receives $101,000. Past winners have included "Fireproof" (aka the best film ever according to the Duggars), "Courageous" and a bunch of anti-abortion films.
VF Ministries also hosts Christian based travel tours throughout the year. Basically, they serve as an excuse for Dougie to travel the world and play dress-up. Most are under the guise of being historical travel journeys and thus Dougie can film them and sell them as home school curricula. Past trips have included travel to Normandy to celebrate the anniversary of D-day, a trip to Italy and a "Celebration of the 100 Year Anniversary of the Sinking of the Titanic." All of these adventure involve dressing up in historical costumes, an Edwardian tea for the women, singing and of course Dougie opining about how it all fulfills some providence of God.
Hazardous Journeys. Vision Forum also offers a series of trips, for the mens only called hazardous journeys (because nothing exemplifies the Christian doctrine of women and children first as leaving the women alone to care for the children while the men go on a camping trip). The most recent hazardous journey was this past summer. It was at a 4-star Colorado retreat complete fully furnished cabins, a pool and a hot tub. The most famous of the hazardous jorneys was the trip to the Amazon. All good Christian Men were asked to come and partake in a "refreshingly vigorous, sometimes wet, sometimes sweaty, manly romp into a mysterious and unusual world." This was no trip for women! It involved anaconda hunting!
Free Jinger and Dougie
Free Jinger has done much to ire Dougie. Here are a few examples:
1) LOLDOUG: Fantaboulous thread where pics of Doug and other patriarchal assholes get the LOL treatment.
2) Doug Phillips is a Tool Campaign: The Doug Phillips is a tool campaign started, well because Doug Phillips is a Tool and it just cannot be said enough!! To find out how it all started:
The goal of Doug Phillips is a tool campaign is simple. To get the google[bot] to recognize and inform the world that Doug Phillips is a Tool!
3) The poll bomb. Ok, to be fair we had a whole lot of help from the fine folks over at reddit for this. Basically Dougie put up a poll on his blog asking if folks agreed with President Obama's stance and gay marriage. HeHeHe. The temper tantrum Dougie though afterward was EPIC! Unfortunately, Dougie scrubbed the internets of this poll's existence, but that's OK, FJ lives forever!!
4) Miscellaneous: Other stuff I cannot find the links for.
A) FJ taking over the google image search for vision forum interns. Buzzard had an awesome pic up there for a while. Other avatars of FJers also graced its presence.
At various times, FJer have been known to go into Dougie's wikipedia page (which you so know he put up there himself) and do a little editing. I do believe someone got "tool" in there 9 times.
C) Buzzard filing out a VF application, in crayon non-the-less.
Question of the year: Does Doug Phillips know about FJ. I think so. Turns out the Interns are crappy proofreades and thus lots of mistakes get put up on posts. Of course, we catch them and snark on it and shortly they are fixed. He has never officially acknowledged our presence, though there is this one gem on the VF Ministries facebook page:
**Doug Phillips Is a Tool!**
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So last week's episode were about the kids abandoned at the "educational" camps and this week was about the kids abandoned at the sea org, as the parents moved up the ladder. Many were abused or bullied by the other kids.
Wow the newest blog was BITTER. "We didn't want to post anything, but her family already went public so we had no choice"
I'm so dying. The cousin in the wedding is Facebook friends with my sisters and husband. I finally explained about the Maxwells to my husband who laughed. He said they have no idea what they've gotten themselves into with Chelsy, who he's met through her cousins. To have chosen that particular cousin as a bridesmaid means they must be close, and that branch is so not Maxwell fundie. They do all sorts of unSteve like things, and I hope Chelsy stays close to them.
That blog entry was....telling. Steve is not in control and he has no idea what to do.Edited by sableduck
On 10/17/2017 at 11:35 AM, GreyhoundFan said:
Uh-oh, I guess lots of people are in trouble: "Jim Bakker Says God Will Punish You For Making Fun Of Him"
Jim Bakker has had it with his critics.
The disgraced televangelist is demanding that “mean people in America” who make fun of him stop watching his show, which is essentially an infomercial for his doomsday food mixed with predictions about an impending apocalypse.
He’s warning that there will be dire consequences for those who continue to watch and mock.
“If you don’t want to hear it, just shut me off,” he said in a clip from Friday’s show posted online by Right Wing Watch. “Especially you folks that monitor me every day to try to destroy me. Just go away. You don’t have to be there. You don’t have to hear it.”
Then he fired off his warning:
“One day, you’re going to shake your fist in God’s face. And you’re going to say, ‘God, why didn’t you warn me?’ He’s gonna say, ‘You sat there and you made fun of Jim Bakker all those years. I warned you, but you didn’t listen.’”
Bakker was a staple of the 1980s televangelist circuit, building a Christian TV, theme park and resort empire worth $180 million. But it all came crumbling down when he resigned in shame after a sex scandal and eventually served four years in prison for fraud.
Today, he hawks survivalist food and other prepper supplies to help Christians survive an upcoming “tribulation” period that will supposedly last for several years.
People have been mocking Jim Bakker for more than forty years now, and rightfully so, given all of the scamming and cheating he’s done. He should consider himself lucky that he still has a following at all at this point, since at least if people are making fun of you that means you’re at least somewhat relevant. If Bakker hasn’t grown a thick skin after being in public “ministry” for as long as he has, maybe he should sell used cars incognito like Josh Duggar or something like that.
I'm a little surprised that the article about the museum doesn't mention the artifact smuggling scandal. As a historian I'd like to see that whole museum thoroughly investigated to ensure that they don't have any other smuggled artifacts on display. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/07/06/hobby-lobbys-3-million-smuggling-case-casts-a-cloud-over-the-museum-of-the-bible/?utm_term=.d510b76f789e