The Ross and Carrie and Pastor Melissa Scott podcast is littered with so many mistakes, mischaracterizations and big picture errors, it would take months to debunk them all and also bore the readers with all the necessary, excessive detail. So, with a respect for brevity, I’ll only cover the major mistakes here:
Mistake #1 Ross and Carrie: “Melissa appears to have scrubbed the internet of Gene’s legacy. One complaint from many Gene followers, he still has many ardent followers…these people really want to share his message and he made it clear that he wanted his message to be shared all the time. Immediately after she took control of the website where they had a lot of these available for download, tons of them. Immediately these were pulled down. There’s one gentleman online who says he has many of these archived copies. He wants to share these with other followers of Gene but she (Pastor Scott) tries to sue them.”
Carrie then says: “IN ALL THE COURT CASES THE JUDGES HAVE SAID, NO! YOU DON’T OWN THIS COPYRIGHT. YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO CLAIM THAT THESE TAPES BELONG TO YOU, AND SO HAVE FOUND IN FAVOR OF THE DEFENDANTS.”
Ross and Carrie’s blatant disregard for truth is astounding, especially since Ross Blocher claims on video that one of his life’s missions is a “search for truth.” A more accurate description would be “a search for the unsubstantiated rumor.” I don’t even know what to say to something this outrageous. Carrie asserts strongly and with certainty that ALL the court cases have been decided against Pastor Scott, but there have only been two copyright lawsuits filed and NOT ONE one has ruled against Pastor Scott!
The first case was decided a couple of years after Dr. Scott’s death, and that case found in Pastor Scott’s favor. She won big time and the judge threatened the perpetrator with huge fines and a jail sentence if he didn’t cease and desist from unlawfully reproducing Dr. Scott’s copyrighted materials. The second lawsuit filed recently by Patrick Robinson hasn’t even been decided yet. The case is still winding it’s way through the maze of the bureaucratic legal system. Although we’re confident this case will end up the same as last time, nothing has been decided by a judge yet.
I can’t figure out if Ross and Carrie are simply making things up for the sake of sensationalism or if they’re just so determined to demonize their enemy at all costs they’re quick to jump on any false rumor without vetting it. Either way, as far as I’m concerned, their irresponsible reporting completely disqualifies them from being taken serious as journalists. They can never pretend to be anything more than mere entertainers — at least on this podcast.
As for the first part of what Ross and Carrie said above, it’s obvious they’re trying to frame this copyright controversy as a David vs. Goliath narrative so their followers can all root for the underdog and their heroic efforts to give away Dr. Scott’s life’s work for free, but the actual story is quite different. Again, for the sake of brevity in this post, I will write that rebuttal in a different article.
Mistake #2 Ross and Carrie: “Gene has his bikini babes riding horses in bikinis but he’s also yelling at you about adultery. What are you? What do you want?”
Carrie gets really animated at this point in the podcast, licking her chops because she’s certain that she’s caught Dr. Scott in a hypocritical moment contradicting himself. What Carrie has actually done is expose her own ignorance and commit yet another “big picture error.” Ross and Carrie grew up in a Christian church, and it’s now even more obvious they were taught by one of those self-righteous Pastors of the ilk that Dr. Scott constantly railed against.
The problem with Carrie’s impulsive indictment is that Dr. Scott never railed against adultery, nor any sin for that matter. She’s projecting her own limited, Christian experience onto Dr. Scott whose philosophy is completely the opposite. Because Carrie’s Pastor railed on adultery, or because she saw Jerry Falwell railing on adultery, she therefore concludes that Dr. Scott must have as well. Her knee-jerk, judgmental attitude reminds me of a racist who watches a black guy robbing a 7-11 on the nightly news and then cries, “see, all black people are that way!” Which is kind of telling about her personality. When she saw the Hispanics in our church crowd, she assumed they were Armenians because the church is located in Glendale — not sure how skilled her powers of observation are?
Well, Carrie may think that all houses of worship in Glendale are full of Armenians, and that all preachers are just like hers, but Dr. Scott was not your typical preacher. He never railed against sin because sin is at the very core of the human condition. The only righteousness he ever preached was Christ’s — everyone else’s == filthy rags. And that includes everyone from TV Evangelists in white suits to the Pope himself. All have fallen short of the mark. What Dr. Scott railed against was fear and faithlessness. When he was called in as a consultant to rescue the nearly bankrupt Faith Center in the 1970s he quickly summed up his findings: “This church doesn’t have a financial problem, it has a spiritual problem. You might as well change your name from Faith Center to FEAR CENTER.”
Of course Dr. Scott never promoted adultery, but he never condemned anyone to hell for it either. The only story on adultery, besides King David’s, that he every talked about was the awful behavior of this fundamentalist church he had encountered who caught their Assistant Pastor cheating on his wife. They hauled the poor soul before the congregation and publicly humiliated him right in front of the man’s own wife who found out about the whole thing through this public charade. Dr. Scott was livid and asked us to compare that church’s pious reaction to that of Jesus when He came upon the woman caught in adultery.
Ross and Carrie can call Dr. Scott many things, but a hypocrite he was not. His lifestyle was completely consistent with his values. The one thing you’ll hear Dr. Scott (and now Pastor Scott) say is, “like Paul, I am the chiefest of sinners.” And Dr. Scott regularly shot the middle finger to the modern-day legalists who would encroach on his freedom. Why do you think he wore crazy hats, smoked cigars and paraded beautiful women and horses? It outed the self-righteous fundamentalists who had snuck in unawares. It flushed them out in droves, and that’s what we loved about him. Sinners welcome, self-righteous fundamentalists, don’t let the door hit you in the ass.
Stay tuned for many more mistakes by Ross and Carrie.
– Richard Harvey is a journalism major from San Francisco and a guest poster on this site.