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Sabotage Made Simple

I’m confused. Is this suppposed to be advice for slowing down the Nazi war effort or for hamstringing a congregation? ‘Cause I’m pretty sure I used to go to this church.

From an OSS “Simple Sabotage Manual” printed in 1944 (H/T: Evangelical Outpost):

(11) General Interference with Organisations and Production

(a) Organizations and Conferences

(1) Insist on doing everything through channels.” Never permit short-cuts to be taken in order to expedite decisions.
(2) Make “speeches.” Talk as frequently as possible and at great length. Illustrate your “points” by long anecdotes and accounts of personal experiences. Never hesitate to make a few appropriate “patriotic” comments.
(3) When possible, refer all matters to committees, for “further study and consideration.” Attempt to make the committees as large as possible ‚Äî never less than five.
(4) Bring up irrelevant issues as frequently as possible.
(5) Haggle over precise wordings of com¬?munications, minutes, resolutions.
(6) Refer back to matters decided upon at the last meeting and attempt to re-open the question of the advisability of that decision.
(7) Advocate “caution.” Be “reasonable” and urge your fellow-conferees to be “reason¬?able” and avoid haste which might result in embarrassments or difficulties later on.
(8) Be worried about the propriety of any decision ‚Äî raise the question of whether such action as is contemplated lies within the juris¬?diction of the group or whether it might conflict with the policy of some higher echelon.

Well anyway, I’m heading off to Memphis tomorrow for the General Assembly of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Anybody planning to attend feel free to look me up at the Smyth & Helwys booth.

And if you see anyone trying to sabotage the meeting, please inform the sergeant-at-arms.

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