Retraction and Apology

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  1. Alan says:

    I immediately saw the update notification. It is humbling to read and understandable as we all have the same kinds of impulses.

    Thank you. Our friendship was and is stronger than that misstep. My resolve to make it to southern Oregon is bolstered.

    Bless you and you teach me even now.

  2. PM says:

    You’ve mentioned the Dispatch previously but one of their writers had a good assessment of the controversy. And yes, it appears that an honest reading, with context, doesn’t lead to the easy, knee jerk reaction that launched in the national media this week.

    As to your retraction, if only others with a public forum were as principled as you. I’m looking at you J Hibbs(who continues to build his media empire on the backs of his CC supporters and reputation).

    Thank you Michael.

  3. Donner says:

    Thank you. Forgiven with joy and relief. We all want the truth.

  4. Kevin H says:

    I haven’t followed this situation too closely but from what I can tell, these new/updated? curriculum standards for Florida included an item about how some slaves learned some job skills of some sort during their enslavement, which is a factual truth. Apparently they used the word “benefit” to describe the acquisition of these skills, which probably was not the most prudent or sensitive way to describe it.

    Seemingly the mainstream/liberal media jumped on this and significantly exaggerated the situation, demonizing many people along the way. Par for the course as to how much of our media operate today, both on the left and right.

    Thanks, Michael for your humble apology.

  5. Captain Kevin says:

    Michael, your humility speaks volumes. You continue to be a role model for godly leadership.

  6. Miriam Wegemer says:

    Captain Kevin, AMEN1

  7. Steven says:


    I read my email regarding your posts and occasionally choose to come here and reply and other times to just read it and then leave it at that. When I saw your post in question (again, in email format), I decided to do what I’m doing more of these days: choosing to not engage in argument.

    Most times, it is more trouble than it’s worth and almost never solves anything.

    Check that: NEVER changes anything.

    Except this one time, apparently.

    I commend you for publicly ADMITTING error, exhibiting GENUINE sorrow and issuing an AUTHENTIC apology…a STARK contrast to what we see out there today.

    May it set an example for others to follow when we ALL inevitably fall into error.

  8. Michael says:

    Thank you all for hearing me and hearing my heart.

    We have to demand honesty and transparency from the media and from each other…and it has to start with a commitment from each one of us individually.

    I betrayed my own commitment and that grieves me…will do what I can to make this an aberration, not a habit.

  9. Dan from Georgia says:


    Not only did you do what was right (apologizing and retracting), but that is an absolute stand-up move that, like Steven said above, is sorely missing today. Thank you for your example!

  10. Dan from Georgia says:

    Michael…also, I know you are not looking for accolades and applause, but it is really encouraging to see someone do the right thing and admit fault and make corrections. That is why I posted the above.

  11. The New Victor says:

    I see it still being misrepresented in the media today.

  12. Muff Potter says:

    You’re a better man than I…
    (From Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Gunga Din’)

  13. Linn says:

    Did you hear or read the following interview about the standards from NPR? I heard it driving into work this morning, and found it interesting and thought-provoking.

  14. Michael says:

    Thanks, Dan…I’m always preaching to others to “do the right thing”…it’s strong medicine.

  15. Michael says:


    It’s too valuable a slur to let go of…got me going…

  16. Michael says:


    Not really…we all stand for our convictions when it matters…you do too.

  17. Michael says:


    No…I’ve embarrassed myself enough over this one…I’ll let others discuss it further.

  18. Alan says:

    Let us lay this to rest and continue on — thinking the best of one another and longing for truth to prevail. Our God is a consuming fire and we are the living sacrifice. It is in that place that we can know and do his will.

  19. Linn says:


    I should have been more specific in my comment…the link goes to one of the actual writers of the standards who happens to be African America. It gave me context and some good thoughts about how easily things can be taken out of context and blown out of proportion. He’s not condemning at all-just realistic and practical. 🙂

  20. Jean says:

    I don’t think Michael was wrong at all in his initial reaction to the FL law, and his reaction is in agreement with Republican, Tim Scott. Here is Scott:

    “As a country founded upon freedom, the greatest deprivation of freedom was slavery. There is no silver lining … in slavery,” Scott — like DeSantis, a GOP presidential candidate — said here in response to a reporter’s question after a forum with Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds.

    “What slavery was really about was separating families, about mutilating humans and even raping their wives. It was just devastating,” Scott said. “So I would hope that every person in our country — and certainly running for president — would appreciate that. People have bad days. Sometimes they regret what they say. And we should ask them again to clarify their positions.”

    Scott is 100% correct. Students should be taught the truth.

    My personal opinion is that the FL legislature added crap like this to the teaching standard on slavery to comply with their prior anti-woke statute which prohibits teaching of history that could make a person feel bad about himself based on his race.

    I don’t know how a teacher is supposed to teach history in the State of Florida.

  21. Michael says:


    If you read the entire curriculum document, it read like every standard American history course in the country.
    That one paragraph at the end was poorly written…but if you examined any other states curriculum, my guess is that you would find similar misstatements that need clarification.
    I understand the distrust of Florida at the moment..but we have to be zealous to deal with real issues, not stuff like this.

  22. Josh says:

    I don’t think the pushback was as much to the curriculum itself as it was to Desantis’ framing of such. I always appreciate Michael’s willingness to check sources and make sure he is accurate, but I also appreciate the pushback by Tim Scott as noted by Jean above.

  23. DavidM says:

    Michael, thank you for owning your mistake and humbly apologizing. My respect for you has grown, although it was already oretty high!

  24. Michael says:

    Thanks, my friend…

  25. Uncle Buck says:

    Exceedingly well done!🙌🏼✌🏼

    Grace and peace to you dear brother.


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