Saturday, December 10, 2005

Don't buy the car...
Update on Mr. Gothard's car:


From: [deleted]
Sent: Wednesday, December 07, 2005
To: Ken Pierpont
Subject: Re: Mr. Gothard's Car

I don't have a job as I was laid off from working with a Christian ministry in March. We also found out that my wife was pregnant the same week I lost my job. It's been a hard year but we're trusting God will provide. I was also in ALERT. WAY back in the day. Would you consider giving me the car? It would mean a lot and help provide for my family.


From: Ken Pierpont
Sent: Wednesday, December 07, 2005 4:50 PM
To: [deleted]
Subject: Re: Mr. Gothard's Car


Thanks for writing. Right now someone is working on repairing Mr. Gothard's car. If you received it as a gift, it needs so much work that it would cost more to fix it than it would to purchase a car that would provide adequate transportation.

I am sorry to hear about your job. This is the worst of times of the year to be laid off. I trust you will find work soon.

Ken Pierpont


Blogger Viki said...

Heh, talk about a really cold response....

6:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OH. SNAP. sad as it is, you just captured the message behind the madness. WWBGD?

4:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Adequate transportation"--now that is an ATI term if I ever heard one. And "I trust you will find work soon?" Isn't that just a very stiff and "super-spiritual" way of re-phrasing "good luck with finding a job?" This is bringing back memories of the whole new vocabulary I had to learn in ATI...

10:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That passage in James comes to mind where he warns people about saying "Be warmed, be filled!" while not doing anything to help them.

7:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Panhandling is illegal, anyway.
If the dude seriously wanted it, and thought he should get it free, he should at least have made a phone call.

I thought the response was a lot warmer than mine would have been.

Free? Nah, that car is worth at least $500 in parts.

7:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, considering how billy g is apt to announce to one and all during BS that he finangled 12 car titles FOR FREE from people wanting to help a brother out, this ALERT guy with a pregnant wife was only following IN HIS STEPS.

8:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'Panhandling' is not illegal- it's protected under the 2nd Amendment as freedom of speech. Loitering might be prohibited, but that requires both a physical presence and a local ordinance, niether of which are in this (alleged) communication.

10:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The story is true...but the desired to actually receive the car was not. I just wanted to see what Pierponts would say.

Still looking for a job. The wife and new baby are doing great. Merry Christmas

1:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In defense of KenP, I thought the response was gracious. It's the fact that the car isn't worth giving away that's the problem.

5:57 PM  
Blogger Viki said...

I suppose you have a point...

7:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't. Had he been (for instance) a skilled mechanic, and told Pierpont so, the excuse might have been different but the answer the same. THAT'S the point.

11:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And, congratulations.

11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the car should be kept to place in a museum along with:

1. a signed, first-edition IBYC manual

2. the 12 other automobile deeds he acquired through prayer

3. the ticket stub to that one infamous basketball game he went to in high school

4. a Gothard family photo, with Bill having circled the family members he has/had most conflict with

5. complete step-by-step comb-over instructions (with photos)

2:07 PM  
Anonymous No_Way_Jose said...

I love the satire of this site and I thought Ken's response was gracious as well. Didn't deserve the harsh criticism above, in my opinion. One of the things I dislike about the ultra-conservative groups is how they so harshly judge those with greater freedom (and lower standards). If you'll notice (aside from this site) I hardly hear or feel judgement from the "free spirits" towards the masses of those with higher standards. Towards the leadership taking advantage of skewed authority teachings, maybe, but not everyone in general with high standards.

2:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i walk by that car nearly every day and no one is working on it.

amen to "no_way_jose's" comment, a perfect critique of this site.

i did feel the "be warmed and filled vibe from pierpont's response as well, but it's true, the car in it's current state isn't useful.

8:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i wish someone would tell the current mayor of Dallas that about panhandling not being illegal & "protected by the freedom of speech amendment"... I see, the car isn't being worked on, Pierpont SAYS it is, (be ye warmed & filled), i predict it will sit there & go nowhere for a long time, then finally be put in a museum. Yes, I believe the response still would have been the same even if the man had said he was a skilled mechanic. ... I just am curious to know how much Pierpont would take for it.

8:10 PM  
Blogger Richard said...

Of course, if it were JUST a car, it would be taken to the junk yard and sold as scrap. But it isn't JUST a car, now, is it? No, its worth putting on a website indicating who currently has the relic, and is willing to sell it. Hey, at least in the middle ages you got a bone or something.


4:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We should take B-Go's car and owner on Antiques Roadshow and find out their true value.

6:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What kind of a looser asks for a cars.

2:32 PM  

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