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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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On 8/17/2019 at 3:32 PM, nickelodeon said:
Liked this sentence (which sums up the “we get to be part of the Boys Club and are elevated above mere women” mentality):
Also side eyeing the quotes about how “boymoms” are always cleaning up poop and toys...apparently under the impression that girl children are born litterbox trained and just sit around listening to NPR.
Mother of girl dragons here. When Cloudlet #2 was in elementary school, she and her friend came up with a lovely game called “so you think you can burp”. And no, they do not come litter box trained.
Watching the webcast of yesterday's sabbath assembly was the usual infomercial for "this place" and"Gwen's message". Had a lot of fun getting grossed out by David Martin's fashion choice of car salesman plaid jacket, enormous turned up and over, shirt cuffs, loose pale blue pants with tight ankles, and no socks. Poor Michael was brought in stealthily, once again all in black, hair higher than ever. Audience asked to rise for his performance. Such are the perks of royalty. Gagggg.. Now weasely David Martin can't wait to roll right into some other awful droning piece. The constant applause for grown men writhing on stage in stupid outfits is not something any normal person can get used to experiencing in a "church". These so-called leaders are unbelievable narcissists.
The powerful message of the day, to quote David Martin was a WeighDown video. The title was Born Again Part 1. Really really awful. I amused my self laughing at Gwen being filmed lecturing in a red and white checked Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm dress held up with red ribbons. Ludicrous! But not as crazy as the summary of the film, Avatar, complete with many long scenes. I wonder if she paid for the right to show the film, probably not. Oh heavens. This went on for an hour.
Timeless message, cries out D؛avid Martin. Errrrr, really old one. Then the youth group came on stage and sang while waving V for Victory. Then everyone held hands, and I was hoping they would stop soon. But no, they starting acting the song out. Awful awful awful. Applause. Some doofus came out and said Gwen's message was really powerful. No message like Gwen's on this planet right now. Oh boy. Where is the great teacher, I wonder? Is she off somewhere canoodling with Joe?
The Eagle Room? Kent says you can go there if you are "convicted"!?!!?
David Martin begging for everyone to get those testimonials in... It's the right thing to do. Gwen and the leaders need to see them. You are officially dis-missed!
To help anyone who's reading this in the future, there's a new thread that was started after the Mills family announced that Andrea has cancer:
I don't really know much about the Mills family, but I'm really sorry to hear all this. I hope she and her family get a chance to say goodbye.
I have an extremely unusual last name. Pretty much if there is someone with the name or a variant there is a good chance we are related. I have a ‘cousin’ I met through Facebook. We had a FB friend in common and she noticed my last name. She asked if I knew. A(insert last name here) or a H(insert slightly different spelling of last name here) Yea I knew them seeing as one was my uncle and one was my dad!
She had heard family stories about my dad, his brothers and my grandmother growing up. She is kinda sorta related by marriage and a stepmom. We just call each other cousin. My dad died before all this happened, but if had know of her he would have called family.
My husband has a rather plain standard kind of boring last name. No way I would ever change my name to it. I was already a mom when I married so my kid has my last name and she wants to keep it.
Oh and one more thing. The FB friend we have in common it turns out she is related through adoption and we met when we belonged to the same congregation. Totally out of nowhere. I just call her cousin as well.
Two things I've noted, both positive: 1. Tom has fully accepted Andrea's diagnosis, and knows that nothing more can be done. Not everyone in his (horrific) position is able to do this. 2. Andrea has an absolute gift for gathering people together: her friends, her family, her youtube channel. She will leave a legacy behind her of many amazing, caring people that would do anything for the family. Tom could have shut down and closed himself off, but he is choosing to tap into the community and the love that his wife built. Reaching out, staying engaged, and celebrating Andrea's legacy will help him survive. I am shocked and horrified that so many little ones will be losing a mother, and so many loved ones a wife, friend, etc. I've been thinking of Tom and the kids all day.