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It appears that Professor Lay was actually feeling pressure to curb his public comments and writings concerning the sexual abuse subjects at First Christian Church of Florissant.

Those topics were verbally included in Professor Lay’s contract-renewal discussions (reported by Karen Duffy.)  “Doug was told during a meeting with Guthrie in contract renewal/non-renewal season to thank and/or apologize to Steve Wingfield and FCCF – the very parties that had sued and were threatening to continue suing him.”

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A brief, sourced (though not infallible) explanation of why there is still disappointment toward SLCC, as if Guthrie Veech bears responsibility in Doug Lay’s decision to resign:

1. As noted publicly by Pam Maynard, Doug was given a contract with stipulations limiting and/or preventing his ability to whistle-blow the mishandling-at-best / cover-up-at-worst by Steve Wingfield and First Christian Church of Florissant. No matter how many times Guthrie gave Doug back his resignation letter and asked him to reconsider (a move that had both time-buying and plausible-deniability benefits for Guthrie), the school was offering Doug Lay a non-standard contract with special stipulations that interfered with his ability to whistle-blow.

2. As noted publicly by Pam Maynard, Doug requested these stipulations. However, as reported by Karen Duffy, Doug was told verbally during a meeting with Guthrie in contract renewal/non-renewal season to thank and/or apologize to Steve Wingfield and FCCF – the very parties that had sued and were threatening to continue suing him. Doug’s request of clarity in his written contract was due to the verbal stipulations given to him at the time his contract was being discussed.

3. Doug’s resignation letter (made public by him) was classy and tried to avoid torching the school. His statements indicating that he was not resigning due to pressure from Guthrie to be silent, were not denials that pressure from Guthrie existed. It did and was codified in his contract offer, as communicated publicly by Pam Maynard. Rather Doug was taking the high road and acknowledging both that his resignation was his own decision and that the school was in a tough position. To restate, Doug was stating that the pressure to be silent was not the REASON for his resignation, but that pressure absolutely existed and was codified in his contract offer.

4. On Tuesday evening I begged with Guthrie in multiple messages to please tell the truth about Doug’s resignation so that others would not have to do so. In our correspondence, he has responded while refusing to answer simple yes-or-no questions about the school acknowledging the pressure put on Doug to silence his whistle-blowing.

5. Guthrie’s broader statements since – that the school did everything they could to try to keep Doug on staff – are less than truthful. Guthrie’s broader statements since – the he and the school strongly support Doug in the cause of whistle-blowing on behalf of child sexual abuse victims – are less than truthful. Offering Doug a contract similar to the ones he has served under for seventeen years surely falls under the category of “everything.” Distancing the school from his whistle-blowing surely is the opposite of championing the cause.

To summarize: Guthrie pressured Doug Lay to silence his whistle-blowing and tied this pressure to Doug’s contract renewal or non-renewal. Doug took the high road in his resignation. Guthrie took Doug’s high road as an opportunity to make himself and SLCC appear to be passive bystanders in Doug’s resignation, and supporters of the cause against child sexual abuse.

If Doug Lay had been given a contract allowing him to whistle-blow on behalf of child sexual abuse victims and continue the job he has excelled at and loved for seventeen years, he would still be at SLCC.

For these reasons, a strong negative sentiment toward SLCC and Guthrie Veech exists.

If there is an explanation that clarifies how all of this lines up with Jesus’ will for SLCC, I would rejoice. Upon hearing it, I will happily clarify things and publicly support SLCC once again. Until that time, I cannot help but speak out for I am a slave to the Truth (a mediocre one, but a slave just the same). He – The Truth – is a person, who also happens to be the Way and my whole Life. If SLCC tries to throw Him aside in order to “move forward”, I will remain with Him.

Note:  Professor Lay is continuing his quest to help victims at “Is It Enough?