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Two Kinds of Baptists, Same Kind of Problem
Two Kinds of Baptists, Same Kind of Problem
Two pastors – one Southern Baptist, the other an independent Baptist – are linked to a mortgage scheme in which many people lost their homes. Both Baptist bodies lack an effective system for clergy accountability.
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Would Tyler Clementi Be Loved By SBC Churches?
Would Tyler Clementi Be Loved By SBC Churches?
Following several suicides by gay teens, a Southern Baptist leader said evangelical churches' response to homosexuality has been rooted in fear and ignorance. Will churches' actions speak louder than his words?
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Mosque's Name Isn't Code for Islamic Conquest
Mosque's Name Isn't Code for Islamic Conquest
Newt Gingrich is wrong. The term "Cordoba" – the name planned for the Islamic center near Ground Zero – isn't "a symbol of Islamic conquest." It's a reference to the city where Muslims, Jews and Christians lived in peace.
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How Long Until Southern Baptists Stop Abusive Clergy?
How Long Until Southern Baptists Stop Abusive Clergy?
Sooner or later, Southern Baptists will learn the lesson that pious preaching won't protect kids against clergy child molesters. What we don't know is how long the lesson will take.
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Oregon Protects Kids from Sexual Predators. Why Can't Churches?
Oregon Protects Kids from Sexual Predators. Why Can't Churches?
Oregon lawmakers passed a law prohibiting schools from making deals that hide the sexual misconduct of teachers who resign. The practice is called passing the trash. Why can't Southern Baptists do something similar?
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It's Not About Sex
Thinking that clergy sex abuse is about sex is like thinking the Bataan Death March was about marching.
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Good Samaritan Holds Lesson for Treatment of Clergy Abuse Victims
Many Southern Baptist Convention leaders, including President Frank Page, have indicated they don't think a predator database would help prevent clergy child molestation.
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The Inbred, Overbred, Autonomy Doctrine
For six years, a convicted child molester was pastor and minister a First Baptist Church in Romeoville, Ill. Deacons knew. Other ministers knew. A denominational official knew. Yet, nothing was done until a minister anonymously contacted the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, and SNAP got the media involved. Meanwhile, kids were marching into Vacation Bible School at a church with a registered sex offender in the pulpit.
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Baptist Leaders Must Take Action for Protection of Kids
If a church building had a serious structural problem, leaders would likely call in a foundation expert to inspect the property and advise on appropriate action. But when a Baptist church has a serious problem with its spiritual foundation--when it confronts an allegation of clergy child molestation--leaders circle the wagons and insist they can handle it themselves.
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Menorahs' Lights Bring Thoughts on Denial and Evil
Elana's father was smuggled out of Germany as an 8-year-old boy. Her grandparents and other paternal ancestors were all annihilated in the Holocaust. Many on her mother's side were slaughtered as well.
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Language of Foley Report Might Also Apply to Baptist Leaders
A bipartisan House committee just released its investigatory results. It found that speaker Dennis Hastert and other congressional leaders were negligent in failing to protect teenagers from inappropriate advances by former Representative Mark Foley.
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Baptist Autonomy Ignored in Investigating Gays, But Not Clergy Child Molesters
Over and over again, the words "congregational autonomy" have been flung in my face to explain why Southern Baptist leaders cannot take action against ministers reported for sexually molesting kids.
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SBC Clergy Predators 'Wolves' in the Church
When congregational autonomy becomes an excuse for failing to protect kids against sexual predators, then it is part of an immoral construct. That is the perversion I see in the country's largest Protestant denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention.
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Clergy Predators Are As Crafty As Cyber-Predators
In the wake of the Foley scandal, parents feel more vulnerable about their kids' cyber-safety. Sales are soaring for software that can track kids' online activity. As parents, we want to know who the predators are, and we want our kids protected.
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Baptist Leaders Blind to Their Responsibilities
"The fact is any cleric--Catholic or Protestant--who molests a child to satisfy his own dark urges should be immediately dismissed and severely punished. Period. However, church leaders have gone blind to their responsibilities."
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