Hey, this is Sam. Many of you have mentioned me on this forum and what I've been doing. No, I'm not a member of Turning Point Church. I'm the chief creator of the Turning Point Church Satire videos that are hosted on YouTube. A couple of you have speculated on my reasons and motives behind the videos and I think it's only appropriate I explain myself here on this thread. I hope no one has a problem with it.
First off, my YouTube page: [www.youtube.com
On it you can manually navigate to view all seven of my current Turning Point Satire videos, or you can go to the satire's playlist which is kinda near the top of my user page and view the videos from there. If you want.
The seven I currently have up are:
Fall of Liberty
Evening with Mike
How to Argue
Leaving Turning Point
Mike and Tony
and Lesson in Faith
I'd like to explain my initial motives for starting this, if you don't mind.
First off there were reports I overheard of their church handing out bibles at several schools in my town, Marysville, WA. My home town and the Church's location. I'll say it bugged me but not enough for me to do anything. They also shouted on weekends with a blow horn out at the Junior High's field on Sunday mornings, disturbing my friend (who lives near there) often. So I heard about them some more. My friend and I did some google searches on their church and found video blogs. We found the pastor to be very.... Creepy. Like he was forcing his kindness through his teeth. And toward the end of one of his first video blog we saw him making his son pray and love Jesus before he ate lunch. Kids at that age are very easily drilled into a religion... And once it is set in there good it's impossible for them to ever have a choice on the matter themself. So that bothered us. All this came together and we decided to make fun of him.
The first parody was of his first video blog. We wanted to show him as acting really creepy and do a metaphor for how he forces his religion on his kid. And we did. It was very poorly and quickly done too. We didn't really care about it's quality. We did it early in the morning after we stayed up all night, used a bad camera, and were just joking around when we did it.
A while after it was published we stopped and made parodies and jokes about 9/11 Conspiracy theorists, forgetting entirely about the Church. A long while passed and then I got a call from work. A muscular man with tattoos came into where I worked looking for me. According to my fellow employees, he wanted to quote "break my arm" and quote "kick my teeth in." That I made fun of a pastor and I wouldn't, quote, "get away with it." I inquired into the incident more and learned he was wasn't the pastor himself but a church member.
Soon after I found more threats on my YouTube account. Which are still there. At the bottom of my YouTube page, which I provided, you will see the very same Turning Point Church member posting something like "take up some defense classes." Also on one of my videos he posted "see you around." And other things of the sort. He has since deleted his account, but if you went to his account you would see that his hobbies and past times are breaking arms, dealing with people, and stuff of the sort. And the videos he favored were violent ones.
People around me wanted me to take my video down, others wanted me to call the police, others wanted me to do both. Instead I got pissed at someone threatening me over my right to free speech and so I made another Turning Point Church Satire.
This was Turning Point Church Satire #2 - Fall of Liberty. This was a direct confrontation of my threats and was entirely fueled by the threats that were given to me. In it I play Mike again, only I go on about how we should restrain people's free speech if they make fun of the church. I didn't know or think Mike was in on the threats, and I said so in the description of the video. But I used Mike and "mongo" (a name I gave to my tattooed previously nameless threatener) to get my point across.
Many of you on this forum are well intended and bless you for that. But when speaking of me you have chose to say that I have only created my blogs out of anger, frustration, hatred, and self righteousness. You've said that I was only trying to blow off steam and promote atheism.
If you watch my initial parodies closely then you'll see that's not the case. The first blog was merely a joke around thing I did while half asleep with my friend (you can see bloopers at the end of the video). And the second one, created much later, was me fighting back against direct physical threats from members of the church.
I do not see why directly defending myself against real and actual threats means I'm "promoting atheism" or that I'm "self righteous."
I didn't come to argue or lash out with any of you, again, I'm very glad to see people honestly concerned working for the greater good of communities. And because you probably didn't understand me, It's not that big of a deal.
But I should inform you of my own side of the story. Should I not?
A while after that second satire I made more. A lot more. Five more. Why? Because a while after my second satire I got several viewers sending me YouTube messages about the church and things they've seen and heard and so on and so forth. And because members of the church were still barking at me, I decided to parody it all.
Evening with Mike I talked about his relationship with Tony. I had my friend, playing his son, mention how Mike used donated money to buy a house, car, and home theater. I even played further on his authoritarian stature when I made fun of the church's bulletin and how he treated his son. Again, metaphors.
The fourth video was a direct response to the members of the church commenting against me on the video blogs. I took all the main arguments they were making against me and refuted them through satire of them. And it was pretty funny too.
The fifth video was about a member wanted to leave Turning Point, and again a joke on Mike's "above you" personality.
The sixth was a huge video dedicated to Mike and Tony Cunningham's relationship. I went into how Mike has a mini fridge in his house set up just for Tony. I went into Tony's practice of... Child taking... Of sorts. And made them seem as close as they very likely are, considering their history and continuing affiliation.
The seventh and latest video is a direct response to the members of Turning Point Church being told by their elders not to view or respond to my videos anymore. In the video I play Mike and instruct the members to blindfold their eyes and cover their mouths. And that it was the "Turning Point way."
None of this was to promote atheism. I did play Mike and have him make fun of atheists by saying "Silly Atheists," but that wasn't a point of metaphor that was in any of the videos. I am an atheist, and I do not like religion one bit. Promoting atheism and speaking against religion IS something I WOULD do. But it was not done in these videos.
In fact, I had filmed a serious response to Turning Point. A serious video. Where I said I wasn't religious and I wouldn't pretend to be, but that in the spirit of speaking in terms a religious person would understand... I said that believers should worship Christ, not a man. And that no man has the authority to speak for God, or to tell you to seek God only through him. I deleted that serious comment to Turning Point, because I want to redo it.
Right after I finish making Turning Point Satire #8: A Villamor Christmas.
I hope some of this information helps.