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    Sexual abuse rampant in Southern Baptist churches says report

    Southern Baptist Leaders Promise ‘Change’ After Report Uncovers Rampant Sexual Abuse



    2/11/19
    Leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention, the second-largest faith group in the U.S., have vowed real “change” in the aftermath of a damning investigative report by the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News that uncovered decades of sexual abuse by hundreds of church leaders and volunteers. According to the three-part investigation, the first installment of which was published on Sunday, about 380 Southern Baptist pastors, ministers, youth pastors, Sunday school teachers, deacons and church volunteers have faced allegations of sexual misconduct since 1998. More than 200 of them have been convicted or took plea deals, the newspapers reported, and nearly 100 are currently in prisons across the nation. The victims of the accused number more than 700, the report said. They include teenagers and children, some as young as 3, who were “molested or raped inside pastors’ studies and Sunday school classrooms.” Many victims said their stories of abuse were ignored or silenced by church leaders. One victim, who alleged she was raped and impregnated by her pastor when she was a teen, said her church leaders had urged her to get an abortion. When she refused, they threatened her and her child, she said. Dozens of pastors, employees and volunteers were reportedly allowed to return to work in Southern Baptist churches despite being dogged by sexual abuse allegations.

    In the aftermath of the Chronicle’s and Express-News’ report, leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention have promised to crack down on abuses in the church and to provide a safe space for victims to come forward. “We — leaders in the SBC — should have listened to the warnings of those who tried to call attention to this,” Greear wrote, though he did not indicate whether he had been approached personally by victims. “I am committed to doing everything possible to ensure we never make these mistakes again.” “As a denomination, now is a time to mourn and repent,” Greear added. “Changes are coming. They must. We cannot just promise to ‘do better’ and expect that to be enough. But today, change begins with feeling the full weight of the problem.” The SBC, which was also shaken last year by a series of sexual abuse allegations, is a fellowship of more than 47,500 autonomous Baptist churches. With 15 million members across the United States, it’s the country’s second-largest faith group after the Roman Catholic Church, The Washington Post reported.
    No wonder they have strongly supported the sexual pervert/adulterer in the Oval Office.

    Abuse of Faith | 20 years, 700 victims: Southern Baptist sexual abuse spreads as leaders resist reforms


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    Re: Sexual abuse rampant in Southern Baptist churches says report

    Not exactly news.. just read the bible.
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    Re: Sexual abuse rampant in Southern Baptist churches says report

    What bothers me about this sort of thing is that the leaders never seem to do anything about the problem till it comes out into the open. It seems like they're mostly sorry that they got caught.

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    Re: Sexual abuse rampant in Southern Baptist churches says report

    Sexual abuse occurs in every major religion. It is double wrong when it is ignored and triple wrong when it is covered up. Is there a correlation between overwhelming male domination of most major religions? Seems to me the argument could be made.

    Not because of the revelations concerning the Southern Baptist Convention churches but certainly in addition to the SBC Americans must surely now demand a complete separation of church and state.

    P.S. They feckin won’t.








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    Re: Sexual abuse rampant in Southern Baptist churches says report

    Quote Originally Posted by bearpoker View Post
    What bothers me about this sort of thing is that the leaders never seem to do anything about the problem till it comes out into the open. It seems like they're mostly sorry that they got caught.
    It bothers you that criminals don't stop being criminals until they are caught and it comes out in the open?

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    Re: Sexual abuse rampant in Southern Baptist churches says report

    Quote Originally Posted by Risky Thicket View Post
    Sexual abuse occurs in every major religion. It is double wrong when it is ignored and triple wrong when it is covered up. Is there a correlation between overwhelming male domination of most major religions? Seems to me the argument could be made.

    Not because of the revelations concerning the Southern Baptist Convention churches but certainly in addition to the SBC Americans must surely now demand a complete separation of church and state.

    P.S. They feckin won’t.
    Double wrong is really bad but triple wrong makes a right... guess you never heard of that one.

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    Re: Sexual abuse rampant in Southern Baptist churches says report

    Captain Renault was "SHOCKED" to discover that gambling was taking place in his establishment. (scene from "Casablanca")

    Quote Originally Posted by chuckiechan View Post
    Exactly who do you think you are, Generalissimo? Enough of your holier than thou. I get my preaching in church. Maybe they'll name a cocktail after you and you'll be famous.

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    Re: Sexual abuse rampant in Southern Baptist churches says report

    Quote Originally Posted by Checkerboard Strangler View Post
    Captain Renault was "SHOCKED" to discover that gambling was taking place in his establishment. (scene from "Casablanca")

    Nothing about religion actually surprises me anymore. Except the continuing hypocrisy.


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    Re: Sexual abuse rampant in Southern Baptist churches says report

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhisattva View Post
    Double wrong is really bad but triple wrong makes a right... guess you never heard of that one.
    No, but American politicians most likely have.








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    Re: Sexual abuse rampant in Southern Baptist churches says report

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    Not exactly news.. just read the bible.
    Maybe they are trying to imitate the priests and bishops of the catholic church?

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