The site had a discussion titled "What Happened to S.P.A.M.?" There was the old caricature of me, which was the work of the thuggy-looking dude who ran the anti-Mormon Ephesians2 site. It depicted me as some kind of modern "Danite" looking to blow away enemies of the Church.
Actually, the true reason he was kicked off the site was his own fault. He posted enough information about his scientific prowess that it made it easy for me to investigate his claims and discover his real-life identity. It became apparent that he had claimed more credit that was his due for a discovery about isolating melatonin in the human brain, or something to that effect. (He was associated with the project, but the credit went to his mentor, another noted scientist.)
Since Dr.W/Tensor had bet his scientific integrity on proving the Church false, I found it interesting that his ego led him to toot his own horn a little too loudly. I wrote him a personal email wherein I invited him to either reveal his identity or withdraw from the site. I wasn't going to expose him for the anti-Mormon troll that he was, but he was afraid that Google would link his anti-Mormon activities with his scientific reputation.
Jan 20, 2009
Thank you for the very enlightening set of discussions. It was a pleasure revealing your true character. I have no wish to cause you any "professional" discomforts or embarrass you personally. It is a cause for concern, that there is at least some indications that you posted from the Navy's NMCI network. If anything, is reassures me that S.P.A.M. was not blocked by their very stringent filters. Too bad the "hate" filters don't block it from coming out of the network.
I hope you have enjoyed our discussions also. You may cancel your S.P.A.M. membership and retire from our forums any time you wish. I've made my point.
Hate is such an embarrassing thing to be associated with. I hope you will someday reconsider your positions.
Dr.W/Tensor replied cordially:
Thanks for your e-mail. As explained in my latest post, I do not hate the Church. Aside from my parents and school, the Church was the greatest influence in my life growing up.
You have built an attractive and well-functioning website, and I know that you work hard to maintain it and respond to comments and posts on the site.
If you would prefer that I remove my membership, I will certainly comply with your request. Please make such a request in an open post.
If you prefer that I make no further posts, I will comply with that request as well.
Best Regards, (NAME WITHHELD)
As Dr.W requested, in an open forum post, I invited him to reveal his identity to the forum members (as I believe in being open about my own identity on the Internet). If he would not do so, I requested that he would politely cancel his membership, which he did. There was no rancor or contention over it. I find it interesting that he has spread his own version of the story in several anti-Mormon forums, but I have never bothered to counter them until now. Isn't it pitiful that seven years later, this accomplished scientist, who sits on the boards of several important companies, is still smarting from having been bested by an uneducated amateur?
Well, if they're equally concerned about what happened to S.P.A.M. and me, I'll fill them in. I actually shut down S.P.A.M twice. The first time was at the two-year mark. I felt I had done all I could do. I had gone back to college and was buried in work, but I kept the site going for a while. When you're dealing with anti-Mormons, it's always the same old crap. I had written nearly 400 articles in two years answering nearly every single anti-Mormon claim ever devised. Anti-Mormons, don't want to use a search tool to find answers any more than they want to pray for truth. They just want to fight.
There is so much good in life to be enjoyed! Tangling with these ill-intended people drains you. I decided to draw down the site over time and press on with other things.
I went back to college and finished a degree that had been languishing half-finished for 20 years. I graduated with honors. I volunteered with Americorps and taught inner-city kids, mostly the children of undocumented immigrants, for a couple of years. All of my students were anywhere from two to four years behind in their reading level as middle-schoolers. At the end of my first semester teaching, my principal came to me all excited because seventy-one percent of my students had increased their reading level by two years--in one single semester! The next semester, he doubled my class size so more kids could benefit. Each of those kids is competitive in high school now, on their way to potentially productive, happy lives.
When my time with Americorps was done, I went back into IT for awhile and landed a management position later on. I occasionally teach some guitar students and play music with some friends from time to time. I continue to blog about martial arts, music, politics, culture, and the Church. The anti-Mormons might be interested in my blog at www.mormonpunch.com. I haven't written any more books in several years, but I'm always looking for good topics.
It hasn't all been rosy. Life always has its ups and downs. Nevertheless, the gospel buoys me up through them. In the end, all things work out for people who believe and stay in faith.
- Dr. Tensor the scientist who freezes people's heads cryogenically (or something like that).
- John Coffee, the fake Mormon bishop.
- Measure76, the exMo who hated me so much he started a blog called Greg West is an Idiot.
- Jessica Sheley, the evangelical Bible scholar with the unaccredited degree, who consorted with atheists on an anti-Mormon forum to find more dirt with which to attack the Church.
- Bob Betts of Concerned Christians, an organization run by a couple of white dudes that operated African Ex-Mormons for Jesus.
- Dean Banks, who threatened to "take my house" when I exposed his fake educational credentials on Examiner.com.
- John Merilatt of Ephesians2 who I exposed on Facebook when he pretended to be a questioning investigator on a Mormon page there. I also exposed that Ephesians2 was operating without a business license, with an expired corporation registration with the state, and that they were soliciting donations even though they were a for-profit company.
- There were Colofornian, Elsie, Jim Robinson, and the other antis over on Free Republic whose mortal fear of Romney becoming president (along with millions of other evangelicals) gave us the Marxist Obama (twice), whose presidency threatens the foundations of our constitutional republic. Future historians may look back and see that the final straw that collapsed America was anti-Mormonism.
- There were even some semi-famous/notorious antis like Andrew Sullivan and Aaron Shafovoloff. I can't confirm it, but I also believe that Richard Dawkins actually joined the site and debated some issues. It was pointless, but strangely flattering that we drew his attention.
Someday, maybe I'll meet some of these folks. I hope that they will discover that I had their best interests at heart. Everything I did for S.P.A.M. was motivated by love for the Lord and the desire to convince those who wander to reconsider their actions in spreading hate, prejudice, and falsehoods about the Lord's Church. Regardless, life moves us onward and there is so much good in the world to enjoy, my self-appointed mission to them has faded in the rear-view mirror. It was interesting to see that they still remember me, as I remember them. Until we meet on judgment day, "Brethren, Adieu!" :)