Tag: #metoo

Southern Baptists address issues of sexual abuse

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Last week, Southern Baptists from around the country met in Birmingham, Alabama for their annual meeting. A major focus for Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) president J.D. Greear is sexual abuse within the SBC, America’s largest Protestant denomination.

In February, the Houston Chronicle ran a piece outlining hundreds of examples of sexual abuse allegations within the Southern Baptist Convention since 1998.

Two sides to the story: Matt Chandler receives criticism for handling of sexual abuse.

Matt Chandler. Photo from YouTube

Monday, the New York Times ran an article titled “Her evangelical megachurch was her world. Then her daughter said she was molested by a minister.”

The story talks about the Village Church, a megachurch in Dallas, Texas and the home church of Matt Chandler, one of the most popular and dynamic pastors in the contemporary Evangelical movement.

The story chronicles a former church member named Christi Bragg whose daughter was sexually assaulted at a church sponsored retreat in 2012. The New York Times piece gives accounts of how the Village Church responded to the allegations.

The article gives the impression that the church did very little to help the family and glossed over a crime while only carrying about protecting their own interests as a church.

Bombshell article reveals sexual abuse within Southern Baptist Convention

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The Houston Chronicle released the first of a three part series on sexual abuse within the Southern Baptist Convention. It’s a heartbreaking read to consider the damage that has been done to the lives of so many. It’s heartbreaking to consider the many other victims who never came forward or who were ignored.

I highly recommend the article, which I think should be a contender for the Pulitzer Prize.