Nelson Johnson writes in the N&R: "I am aware that for some, I am personally a stumbling block; for others I am dismissed as evil and foolish. Indeed, I have flaws and faults. I suspect, however, that they are different from what many assume based on media reports...I strongly plead with you to read the commission’s full report. It will not only help you better understand the 'context, causes, sequence and consequences' of Nov. 3, 1979, but it will also help to understand yourself, our city and our culture."
One obvious difference between Nelson Johnson and some of the "reporting" in the N&R by Davenport Jr is that Johnson is a preacher, and speaks like one, not a "godless" communist defined by "an absence of faith."