I wrote in an earlier blog about the integrity choices of the church leadership in filing lawsuits to silence the whistleblowers. They were made to retain money, power and favorable statistics. In doing so, they pressured the whistleblowers into an integrity crisis of their own. The stakes were high, because they put employment, finances and personal relationships at risk. Professor Lay had been teaching at St. Louis Christian College for almost two decades. Rather than going along to get along, Prof. Lay, dubbed “Teacher of the Year” by his students in 2015, opted to retain his voice for the victims. He refused to sign the contract for the following year at SLCC, because it included a clause that wouldn’t allow him to speak out against the actions of FCCF leadership. Prof. Lay chose to advocate for the victims.
“He further describes the irony of his situation and his reasons for not signing the tainted contract for another year of teaching at the college. Professor Lay gave up his position and salary at the college in his effort to stand for his principles and being forthright instead of two-faced. For the sake of justice and his advocacy on behalf of the victims, Prof. Lay walked away from his legacy at the college.” (Taylor, Joy S., A View from the Pews — The Inside Story of a Broken Church, 2022, Lily of the Valley Publishing, Santa Claus IN, p. 62.)
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