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Top Southern Baptists stonewalled sex abuse victims

By HatetheSwamp
May 23, 2022 7:27 am
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Last year, thousands of delegates at the national SBC gathering made clear they did not want the Executive Committee to oversee an investigation of its own actions. Instead they voted overwhelmingly to create the task force charged with overseeing the third-party review. Litton, pastor of Redemption Church in Saraland, Alabama, appointed the panel.

The report offers shocking details on how Johnny Hunt, a Georgia-based pastor and past SBC president, sexually assaulted another pastor’s wife during a beach vacation in 2010...

Among those reacting strongly to the Guidepost report was Russell Moore, who formerly headed the SBC’s public policy wing but left the denomination after accusing top Executive Committee leaders of stalling efforts to address the sex abuse crisis.

“Crisis is too small a word. It is an apocalypse,” Moore wrote for Christianity Today after reading the report. ”As dark a view as I had of the SBC Executive Committee, the investigation uncovers a reality far more evil and systemic than I imagined it could be...”

“I view this investigative report as a beginning, not an end. The work will continue,” Brown said. “But no one should ever forget the human cost of what it has taken to even get the SBC to approach this starting line of beginning to deal with clergy sex abuse.”


One thing about the Southern Baptists is that they've continued to be fiercely democratic. Their "congregational polity," i.e., rule at the level of the individual congregation, not from headquarters by "leadership," has always been essential to their identity almost as much as their belief in Jesus.

So, the national leadership offered to get to the bottom of the scandal but the elected delegates to the national Convention said, in effect, "Up yours!" so the everydayers used their power to empower a third-party investigation which is ugly for denominational big-timers.

The Catholics let their Pope and Cardinals handle their mess and the mess expanded exponentially and many lives were damaged. That, at least, won't happen with the Baptists.

What happens next is to be determined. Will there be church discipline?, criminal charges where appropriate?, civil settlements?

We'll see.


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  1. by Donna on May 23, 2022 7:39 am
    Another good ol' boys club caught with their hand in the... well, you get the picture.

    It's probably about a hundred years late, but it's still a couple of millenia faster than it took a few good Catholics to crack down on pedophile priests.



  2. by Donna on May 23, 2022 7:39 am
    Another good ol' boys club caught with their hand in the... well, you get the picture.

    It's probably about a hundred years late, but it's still a couple of millenia faster than it took a few good Catholics to crack down on pedophile priests.



  3. by HatetheSwamp on May 23, 2022 7:42 am

    That's so nice, I'll say it twice.

    😉


  4. by HatetheSwamp on May 23, 2022 7:51 am

    Donna,

    I've talked about opposing the institutionalized church and I've come to think that there's something about the clergy culture that makes good people corrupt.

    But, my sense is that many Christian people "in the pews" are genuine and authentic.


  5. by Donna on May 23, 2022 8:03 am
    Maybe those "good people" weren't so good when they joined.


  6. by HatetheSwamp on May 23, 2022 8:23 am

    I'm not following you.


    I'm especially appreciative of the Southern Baptist culture which always has been, as I said " fiercely" democratic. When their scandal first broke, I wasn't confident that the good people of the, well, laity...I hate that word...would prevail in the power struggle with leadership.

    So far, they have.

    OTOH, many good people have left the denomination because so many would like to crown OrangeMan king.


  7. by HatetheSwamp on May 23, 2022 9:04 am

    Maybe those "good people" weren't so good when they joined.

    Judgmental.


  8. by Donna on May 23, 2022 10:35 pm
    I said "maybe". Actually I don't know. And my comment isn't any more judgmental than yours is about the clergy culture.


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