Be Known by the Enemies you Make

by Kevin Annett – edited by August 8, 2012

The nasty creep was named Phil Spencer, right, and his eyes shone with the same weird glow worn by the kid on our street in Winnipeg who used to  smash prairie dogs to death with a mop.

Phil was a fellow United Church minister.

It was June,1995, and just months earlier, Phil had spearheaded my  removal from a United Church pulpit in Port Alberni. With the same infantile bullyness, Phil now sauntered over to me to as I passed out leaflets protesting my firing.

“Hi Kevin!” he exclaimed, thrusting his smirking, triumphant face into mine.

Revulsed, I thought of my wife Anne’s inconsolable tears and her nervous breakdown after I was summarily fired, and of my two small daughters who had lost their home and friends – all because of Phil. A rage boiled up in me, a loathing for this man, and my fists clenched.

“Hi Kevin!” he jabbered again, as he danced and jumped in front of me.

Disgusted, I looked past the leering buffoon, and walked away from him.

I regretted my forbearance for weeks after that. As every new attack rained down on me, and as my family and I were systematically ripped apart by the church, I imagined that at least I could have landed a well placed blow.

But another truth came to me later that summer when I received a phone call from a woman, another minister from Vancouver island.

“We’re behind you, Kevin, even if we can’t say so” she said. “It’s just sickening what they’re doing to you”.

“Thanks, but it’s not over yet” I replied. “Phil Spencer sure has it in for me.”

The woman laughed.

“He’s doing you more good than you know. Every time he attacks you, everybody sees he’s just a crazy, angry guy. His drinking is out of control again. You just keep the high ground, Kevin”.

The system always rewards its own, of course, starting with its sicko hatchet men. The same year I was defrocked, Phil Spencer was appointed to head the Comox-Nanaimo Presbytery.

Phil Spencer was an unwitting ally of mine that day, and he and his kind have been ever since. For his attacks helped launch me on my new calling, and his deceit gave rise to the truth movement that is bringing down his United Church of Canada and its legacy of child rape and murder.

I suppose I should thank him someday…


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