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Good Ol’ Boy Sexual Protection Network

April 9, 2008

As horrendous as the revelations of clergy abuse has been in the Roman Catholic Church in the United States, they at least have been making an effort to become more transparent and communicative about such incidents. They are making efforts to let parishes know about accusations of misconduct against clergy who have served in those parishes so that people know that there was a predator in their midst.

Not so the Southern Baptist Convention. This good ol’ boy network does its utmost to protect its professional clergy and prevent people from knowing about the misdeeds of its pastors.

I found a recent blog about this at a wonderful site called Stop Baptist Predators, a site dedicated to helping people who have been sexually abused by Southern Baptist pastors. The SBC has been really concerned about not letting the public know who in the convention has been accused and/or confessed to being a child molester. They call covering up for these foul, hell-spawned miscreants “grace.” The law calls it aiding and abetting.

My response to this is simple. Maybe Southern Baptists ought to start being a little less Baptist and a bit more Southern. Tarring and feathering a few of these losers and running them out of town on a rail might make the remaining predators think twice about the wisdom of their choice of prey. I know that for my part, if you touch my child, there will not be a trial and you will not have the opportunity to become a repeat offender. There are some things worth fighting for, and my child is one of those things.

The Georgia Baptist Convention recently passed a resolution condemning Baptist Blogs. The article says, in part:

Wayne Bray and William Harrell, pastors at Beulah Baptist Church in Douglasville, submitted the anti-blogging resolution, which said blogs are used by “certain people … for divisive and destructive rhetoric at the expense of peace among the brethren.”

A group of younger blogger-pastors have risen to prominence in Southern Baptist Convention affairs in the past two years, with many calling for reform in the denomination’s structure. But the Georgia resolution said blogging has become a tool for personal attacks on Christians and promotes a negative view of the SBC “in the eyes of the society we are striving to reach with the gospel.”

It further stated that “the messengers of this convention oppose blogging when it is used to cause division and disharmony among the members of our Southern Baptist family…. All personal attacks should cease immediately … [we] call upon bloggers to cease the critical second-guessing of these elected leaders; and be it further resolved that all Georgia Baptists respectfully request and expect that individuals who disrupt the fellowship through blogging repent and immediately cease this activity and no longer cause disharmony for the advancement of their own personal opinions and agendas.”

Certain Baptist pastors have gotten upset that people are naming names of those accused of being sexual predators. They would rather let these predators molest children than make a public stand against them. They are more concerned about the image of the SBC than the safety of their children. Makes me wonder what they are hiding in THEIR closets.

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