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#MeToo goes to church: Southern Baptists face a reckoning over treatment of women

NBC News

The Southern Baptist Convention, the country’s largest evangelical denomination, is headed for a showdown over its treatment of women that could not only have far-reaching ramifications for the church but also influence the broader secular #MeToo movement.

At its annual meeting next week in Dallas, delegates called “messengers” will decide whether to approve a resolution acknowledging that, throughout the church’s history, male leaders and members of the church “wronged women, abused women, silenced women, objectified women.”  

“The #MeToo moment has come to American evangelicals,” Albert Mohler, president of the flagship Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, wrote last month. “And I am called to deal with it as a Christian, as a minister of the Gospel, as a seminary and college president, and as a public leader.”

The convention is meeting in the wake of several widely publicized scandals in which prominent Southern Baptist leaders have been accused of or have admitted inappropriate behavior toward women.

“Many women have experienced horrific abuses within the power structures of our Christian world,” Beth Moore, a prominent evangelical teacher in Houston, wrote in an open letter last month.

Most recently, the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in nearby Fort Worth fired Paige Patterson, a pre-eminent figure in the denomination’s conservative resurgence in recent decades, who had been its president since 2003.

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4 Responses to #MeToo goes to church: Southern Baptists face a reckoning over treatment of women

  1. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    “And I am called to deal with it as a Christian, as a minister of the Gospel, as a seminary and college president, and as a public leader.”

    Called maybe, but failing… ALL ‘mainline’ ‘Christian’ churches are corrupted.

    501(c)(3)

    • Koyote says:

      Nailed it…

      • Koyote says:

        But not only that . In many Baptist Churches they have forgotten the call to “obey the “gospel”, which is the death, burial and ressurrection of the Lord. GOD is not deaf, nor is he blind……….

        • # 1 NWO Hatr says:

          “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” Matt. 10:16 KJ

          Far too many Christians have the 2nd part right… but when it comes to understanding who their TRUE (mortal) enemy is… THEY’RE AS DUMB AS A SACK OF ROCKS!!!!! 😡

          That, and 501(c)(3) are the two main reasons I don’t attend church anymore.

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