FBI Investigates Pastor Doug Wilson

Douglas Wilson

According to Douglas Wilson on his website, Blog and Mablog, the Federal Bureau of Investigations sent two agents to question him regarding what apparently someone felt was suspicious and possibly inciting of violence.

Wilson explained that an FBI agent called him several weeks ago and requested a visit in his office, to which Wilson agreed. The agent came with another agent, apparently to question Wilson regarding a particular line in a recent blog post that could be misconstrued as inciting violence. They also took note of the church and facilities, observing it all as “normal.”

Wilson writes:

I asked them if I should have a colleague sit in, and they said that would not be necessary. So then, we sat down, and though I may not have looked like I was all agog, I was all agog on the inside. Imagine my delight when it turned out that our topic was “No Quarter November,” specifically the first post in that series, and more specifically than that, the first paragraph in that post. As you may recall, the title of that post was “Burn All the Schools.”

The offending paragraph was as follows:

H.L. Mencken once suggested a shrewd educational reform that has somehow not caught on. He said that there was nothing wrong with our current education establishment that could not be fixed by burning all the schools, and hanging all the teachers. Now some might want to dismiss this as an extreme measure, but visionaries are often dismissed in their own day. “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one . . .”

Apparently, someone had leveled a complaint against Wilson to the FBI. Either that or the FBI just happen to be avid readers of Blog and Mablog.

Wilson reports that the agents were polite and professional. I have also had the pleasure of having FBI agents in my office, and I can attest that they also seemed like reasonable people.

Wilson surmises that “low budget adversaries” probably reported him for thought-crimes to the authorities, who had to do their due dilligence to follow up on the complaint.

You can read about this directly from Wilson’s site, here.

[Contributed by JD Hall]


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