Nelson Johnson writes a letter to Jerry Bledsoe, saying Bledsoe incorrectly stated in a Rhino article that Johnson and Mazie Ferguson were founders of the Pulpit Forum; Johnson says the group had been around for decades by the time he got involved with it.
Johnson says he wants to "put this falsehood into its broader factual context in order that I might raise the question of how something so easily verifiable could be so thoroughly misrepresented." His answer is that Bledsoe wishes to "demonize" him.
"If I have been demonized, then nothing that I do or say is creditable to those who have accepted the demonization. Rev. Ferguson has been raising some challenging issues in her own right. If Rev. Ferguson is associated with me, then she too has no credibility and can be easily dismissed. If the Pulpit Forum was founded by the two of us, then the Pulpit Forum is similarly discredited and can be easily dismissed."
More: "I do not believe that it is just sloppy reporting."
Johnson also says Bledsoe inaccurately reported that Johnson predicted that "thousands" would turn out for an anniversary march commemorating 11/3/79. Johnson says he made no such estimate, and that the parade permit application put the number at 4-500.
Johnson concludes by offering to meet with Bledsoe.
Full letter after the jump; click images to enlarge.