What cost do you put on integrity? Professor Lay refused to stay employed under SLCC’s contractual gag order. What cost do you put on power plays to silence the outspoken? SLCC (Saint Louis Community College) no longer exists, but has merged with another college in southwest Missouri. The body of FCCF no longer holds title to their facility, but now rents from the organization that stepped in to prevent default on the church’s mortgage. Interestingly enough, the same organization took title to both the SLCC campus and the FCCF campus. I’m just asking.

From the book:

“The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported the case dismissal that was filed on May 11 of the petition against the whistleblowers. The dismissal allowed the plaintiffs to reactivate the petition within a two-year period, holding a club over the defendants’ heads. The day following the dismissal, the president of SLCC ordered Professor Lay to openly thank the pastor and the elders for dropping the lawsuit and apologize. Otherwise, Lay would face disciplinary measures. The version of the SLCC contract for the following year placed a gag order on Prof. Lay, and he rebutted with his letter of resignation on May 18,…” (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.106.)

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