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Phil Snyder, victim of abuse at Tenth Presbyterian, publishes Hall of Shame

Tenth Presbyterian Philadelphia

Phil Snyder, a long-time friend of Anglican Watch and perhaps the best-known victim of abuse under the unholy trinity of Liam Goligher, Susan Elzey, and George McFarland, has published a Hall of Shame list of alleged miscreants at Tenth Presbyterian.

His post, located on his blog,, is well-done and offers first-hand insight into the ethical meltdown at Tenth Presbyterian. It’s a worthwhile read for anyone who wants to see just how corrupt a church can become. Or how the BCO is a useless heap of trash when it comes to addressing, let alone preventing, abuse.

Three related points:

  1. This is right about the time in the narrative that the Susan Elzey’s of Tenth Presby start with the gaslighting, the claims Phil is a terrorist, and the other usual lies. Folks, don’t be a Susan. Don’t waste your time. We’ll block your comment, then laugh at you. And if your comment is really stupid and ugly, we’ll send it to other church abuse publications, so they can laugh at you too.
  2. For the record, in our experience, Snyder is a man of unquestionable integrity and more psychologically healthy than most folks at Tenth. After all, he’s not the one committing perjury, or having encounters in public parks even as he bloviates a la Elzey about “instilling values.”
  3. Phil’s observations almost exactly mirror our own findings.

Thus, we find his assertions convincing.

Indeed, we go further than does Snyder in our assessment of issues at Tenth.

For example, while Snyder notes that McFarland lied about Snyder’s behavior and later apologized, Snyder proffers no discussion of a Christian theology of forgiveness/ accountability.

“I’m sorry” doesn’t cut it when someone has made perjurious statements, and we see no element of reparation in McFarland’s behavior.

So until McFarland has the, um, spine to stand up during Sunday services, retract his lies, and reimburse Phil for his legal fees, McFarland, Goligher, and Tenth remain guilty of violating the Ninth Commandment. Thus, according to Scripture, McFarland, Goligher, Elzey and the church are guilty of one of the Seven Deadly Sins. Proverbs 6:16-17.

Moreover, McFarlane and the rest of the pinheads who serve as elders hate church members.


Because they have lied to the church about Phil and their interactions with him. The Bible says that, when someone lies, they hate the person they are lying to. (Proverbs 26:28). So it follows that McFarland hates the church.

And if someone hates another human being, God views the hater as a murderer (1 John 3:15; 1 John 4:20).

As to the fate of McFarland, Elzey, Goligher, and the other perjurers/liars of Tenth, Revelation 21:8 is clear:

But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars-their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.

Cowardly? Folks at Tenth have that one down in spades.

Naked beatings? Sure sounds like sexual immorality to us.

Perjury is a particularly ugly form of lying, aka false witness. So the box for liars gets a double check mark.

Bottom line, there is nothing holy or Godly about this den of vipers. As for McFarland and Elzey, those two are revolting. And Goligher is beyond repulsive. (We don’t believe his bit about having a picnic, and we don’t know anyone who does. Man up, Goligher, and be accountable for your actions.)

In fact, this bunch gives new meaning to the phrase, “pigs from hell.”


  1. “They have hurt my family. It has cost me $65,000 in legal fees, more than my entire annual income, to defend myself against their outrageously slanderous and false defamation lawsuit/injunction. The financial stress has caused a divorce, which has cost me hundreds of thousands of dollars. In addition, see page 94 of the GRACE report, regarding an elder who warned me that my family was going to get hurt if I did not drop my accusations.”

    That sounds like Phil hurt his family , not the elders. You sure you trust him?

    1. As a matter of fact, we do, and we’ll take a pass on the gaslighting, thanks. And keep the side of deflection.

      The persons responsible are those who engaged in wrongdoing, including Golidgher, Elzey, McFarland and others. Whistleblowers are to be commended for their integrity. That message is consistent with the Gospels, where we see that Jesus has little use for the Scribes and Pharisees, but cared deeply for those oppressed by religion.

      “Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart. And the second is like unto it: Love thy neighbor as thyself. On this hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

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