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Monday, January 03, 2011

The Story Behind the (Wrong) Story

I wanted to share an apology for something I did wrong. I don't know how to reach everyone that was offended, but hope that you understand the intent of my heart. For those of you who have NO IDEA what this is about... I produced a video on the story behind the Star Spangled banner and the story I told was NOT factual. Please watch this video to learn of the story behind the (wrong) story.



You are a true man of God Dudley. Thank you for your heart and your compassion. Your apology means alot. I believe that it truly shows where your heart is. Thank you.


CTM said...

Don't beat yourself up Pastor! It's an honest mistake. Your courage and integrity by issuing this video is inspiring. Thank you for everything that you do. Keep fighting the good fight! Maranatha!

barbwyr said...


If there is anything we know, it's that your heart is always in the right place. When the video is released you can count on me to help spread it to help bury to old copy so that everyone will know the complete story of our national anthem. Can't wait to hear you Sunday with the vision for 2011.

Love in Christ,

a modern realist said...

Dear Pastor,

Don't feel too bad. I first heard the bogus version at a Boy Scouts of America Woodbadge Leadership training. You aren't the only one to get caught up in the power of it.

The thing is, it tells a true story with fictional facts. The patriots at Ft. McHenry didn't hold up the flag with their very lives, but patriots do it every day in Iraq, in Afghanistan, and in unknown battlefields around the world every day.

I think your mistake was hones and I was touched by this video. May the Lord bless your efforts in bringing souls to Christ.

Victor Neves

idowns said...

Dudley, thank you for your heartfelt words here. I was in attendance on when it was shown at Shepherd. I appreciated it then, but I will appreciate it even more when version 3.0 comes out.

I respect and thank God for your high regard for the facts of history. We, followers of Christ, have never had anything to fear from the facts, and we have no need of grandiose myths, like those found in the gnostic writings, to have a savior worth our total admiration.

In the same way, God's work in the actual events of history needs no embellishment to garner our gratitude.

Can't wait to see the next version, and I will encourage my friends to see it as well.

Ian Downs

Cindy said...

We just recently watched this at our church, History has many mistakes told, it takes a great person to admit they make mistakes Most people who watched the video probably never picked up on the mistakes I know I didn't and for sure alot in our church didn't. But I got more out of this video than the history I found your website and am waiting to be accepted as a friend on your FB You are a remarkable person Thank-you

Michael said...

I'm glad you understand how important our history is and how inspiring the true story of our past can be. I respect you for acknowledging your error. Now if only the original author would admit HIS error.

sbh said...

First, let me commend you for your retraction of the erroneous version circulating on youtube; as someone who spends a great deal of time setting the record straight on historical matters I frankly appreciate it when somebody shows this kind of respect for the truth of history over "fictional facts" (as one of your commenters put it). In my experience most people would rather attempt to justify their mistakes than to correct them.

On the other hand, as I understand it, this piece was a work in progress and what has been circulating on the internet is a preliminary version of it. No one should be held accountable for errors in such preliminary versions; the final product is what matters. If an apology is in order, it seems to me that it ought to come from the person who circulated your preliminary draft, as it were. I assumed when I saw it that it was a finished work; if I'd known it was an unauthorized release of an early draft I probably would not have looked at it.

Once I realized that I didn't look at it again, so I may be wrong on the following point, but I don't remember seeing credit given to the person whose story you were retelling. People who write historical narratives work hard on them; even a short account may involve many hours of research--reading narratives, checking points in reference sources, reconciling contradictions, and so on. Historical narratives don't just fall from the sky; somebody has to research them and write them, and that person deserves credit. (In this case maybe not a lot of credit, since so much of it was wrong, but the principle remains.) If you did give credit then this point is irrelevant; if you didn't I hope you will in the final version.

I meant to write this a couple of weeks back when I saw your exchange with Brad Hart at American Creation; things have been hectic here and it frankly slipped my mind. It is very heartening to see that there are still people out there for whom the past matters, and who can see the importance of getting the facts right over telling a good story.

smarker said...

Right or wrong, it was an emotional, moving video. I'm not even sure which version I watched and then shared with others. I'm the President of the Captain Daniel Morgan Boone Chapter of the War of 1812 Society in the State of Missouri. I shared your video with our members at our annual meeting and everyone enjoyed it immensely. Now, I'll just have to find out which version it was that I shared! Keep up the good work and thank you for telling the story of Francis Scott Key and The Star Spangled Banner. We appreciate it.

Teresa said...

You never know who God will put into your path, even at a Cincinnati Red's baseball game. It was a pleasure to meet you Dudley and we thank you for sharing the flagrespect website. As Army parents you can only imagine how this touched our hearts. We pray God's blessing on you as you serve and as you speak at the NACC.
Mike & Teresa
P.S. We'd love to keep in touch but not sure how to reach you personally