Southern Baptists Under Pressure to Deal with Sex Abuse Claims

By David Crary | June 10, 2019

  • June 10, 2019 at 2:36 pm
    Agent says:
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    • June 10, 2019 at 2:43 pm
      rob says:
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      Wrong is wrong, regardless of the number of cases committed in another institution..

  • June 10, 2019 at 2:37 pm
    Perplexed says:
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    Why aren’t they doing background checks? Why do they need a database if they have all abusers arrested? Wouldn’t that show up in a criminal background check? All the idiots abusing, molesting, etc. should be arrested and charges filed. They go on and on about training but simply advising everyone from the preacher, volunteers, on down, that they will be charged if anything happens then carrying through should help to curb the abuse.

  • June 11, 2019 at 9:55 am
    Fair Playing Field says:
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    Q: Why don’t Southern Baptists make love standing up?

    A: People might think they’re dancing.

    • June 11, 2019 at 10:10 am
      rob says:
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      q: What’s the difference between a Northern Baptist and a Southern Baptist?
      A: The Northern Baptist will say “hi” to you in the liquor store.

      (as the son of a Southern Baptist, I’m allowed to make this joke)

      • June 11, 2019 at 10:12 am
        rob says:
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        One more:

        q: What’s the difference between a Northern Baptist and a Southern Baptist?

        A: The Northern Baptist says ‘There ain’t no hell.” The Southern Baptist says “The hell there ain’t!”

  • June 11, 2019 at 11:10 am
    rick says:
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    Grateful for the Godly and biblical leadership by J.D. Grear, Russell Moore, Beth Moore, and Al Mohler on these matters. We need their voices now more than ever.

  • June 11, 2019 at 2:34 pm
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    Regardless of your religious beliefs, people are people. There was one perfect person, but the rest of us are seriously flawed. I think you can find sickening stories about any group, whether religious or not. It gains more attention coming from a religious group, but this stuff is everywhere. An example – Look at the trafficking of underage girls in America. It’s all around us. It’s in every state. You only hear the term “sex trafficking” on the news or the radio though, if it gets any attention at all. People turn a blind eye to it because they don’t want to know what’s going on, especially in their own backyard. If a Priest, Preacher, Deacon, Church Member or whoever else is in a Church is arrested for it, it’s front page news and all over the national media. I’m not certain why. Religious people are still just people, so why one gets more media attention than the other is odd. This is America though, the land that loves more than anything to see people fail. We had a daycare in my state where a guy working there was found guilty of touching several little kids. That was only on the news station’s website for a day, never even mentioned on tv. We’ll talk about heroine, war, murder…. Child rape? No, we discuss that when it involves a church or an important person. We have seriously messed up priorities in this great nation.

    • June 11, 2019 at 5:04 pm
      Craig Cornell says:
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      Exactly right. Child abuse has skyrocketed in this country along with the breakdown of marriage, the absence of biological fathers in the home, and the massive increase in step-fathers.

      Do all step-fathers abuse children? Of course not, and so you never see an article about “Step Fathers Under Pressure to Deal with Sex Abuse Claims”, even though that is where the overwhelming majority of sexual abuse of children comes from today.

      But blast a church? An entire religion? Well, yee-haw says the liberal media, here’s our chance to damage America even further! (Don’t look for the media to demand background checks on step fathers.)

      • June 14, 2019 at 10:47 am
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        It’s not the media damaging america even further… it’s the people in power taking advantage of their situation and raping children… Oh, and that’s why people blast a church and an entire religion.. because they call for executing homosexuals, lobby against laws protecting sexual abuse victims, actually abuse people, then shuffle criminals around their organizations to avoid responsibility for as long as possible until someone’s hand is caught in the cookie jar.

        • June 14, 2019 at 12:42 pm
          Craig Cornell says:
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          What a compassionate response, completely devaluing the overwhelming majority of sexual abuse victims who have nothing to do with a church or religion, but are simply abused by their step fathers.

          And no church in the United States is “calling for executing homosexuals”, so try as hard as it is for a liberal to be honest. (Although Muslims do kill gay people, so you might want to start there.)

          Proving my point exactly.

    • June 12, 2019 at 8:17 am
      rob says:
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      Good ol’ Smoov. You’re a good egg.

      I think the big focus is more (or should be, anyway) on the institutional cover-up of the crimes, be it the church (name your religion, like you said, there’s bad apples everywhere) or in the schools. It’s the fact that people in the institutions think they can and should handle things internally, whether to avoid bad publicity or because they think they have a better grip on things. See Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan State, etc for more examples.

      You’re right, though…as much as the worldwide media loves a hero, it loves to see them fail even more. I don’t care whether it’s MSNBC, Fox News, the BBC, name your poison–bad news sells more than good news any day.

    • June 14, 2019 at 10:44 am
      Yes says:
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      Who was this wonderful perfect person?

  • June 14, 2019 at 9:20 am
    Augustine says:
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    Part of the predicament faced by the SBC is that the SBC is a “cooperative of churches” with absolutely no organizational authority over member churches. The southern Baptists are Congregationalists which essentially means that each individual church is autonomous on matters of church polity, governance, etc. The only criteria to belong to the SBC is affirming the Baptist Faith & Message (a doctrinal statement) and giving at least 10% to the SBC’s cooperative program which helps fund the missions board and the convention. The SBC is really in an awkward place because they literally have no authority to step into a church and tell them what to do. However, they do have power to remove churches from the convention which, ultimately, is what they will have to leverage in order to push change at the local level. I know this because I graduated from an SBC seminary and my former pastor was the president of the SBC.



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