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*NEW* Ex-Southern Baptist leader Paige Patterson has for years downplayed his role in a sex scandal that some say is emblematic of the SBCs broader abuse problem #SBCtoo #ChurchToo @_PPatterson_

A newly unearthed trove of videos/letters gives new details:
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@_PPatterson_ Darrell Gilyard was accused of sexual misconduct at churches in Texas, Oklahoma & Florida but was still mentored by Patterson until he confessed/resigned his Southern Baptist church in July 1991.

Gilyard was convicted of sex crimes with children in '08. #SBCtoo #ChurchToo
@_PPatterson_ For decades, Patterson has maintained that he did everything in his power to investigate the myriad claims his protege faced.

But letters + video show that Patterson downplayed many allegations and suggested others remain quiet about them #SBCtoo #ChurchToo
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1. I spoke at length yesterday with a long time advocate who will remain unmentioned. We discussed the issue of health, hope in the face of hopelessness, betrayal, blindness and balance in the face of it at. #churchtoo #abuseofaith #metoo
2. I thought I understood that this was a marathon, not a sprint. Her farsighted showed me the importance of pacing, of rest, of picking with great care the corner of this garment of sorrow I choose to sow my strength in. #churchtoo #abuseoffaith #MeToo
3. I went to bed with a heart of lead. I know I cannot keep pace with others. I’m a plodder not a runner. I know my strength is small and my is weakness great. I feel my finiteness and the fragility of my frame. I am so human. #churchtoo #abuseoffaith #MeToo
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I visited an #SBC church this morning. The sermon focused heavily on tithing/giving, with a bunch of biblical references, & how the congregation is disobeying God bc they aren’t giving nearly enough to the work of the Lord at this particular location. /1

SERIOUSLY?

#SBCtoo
Your entire denomination is under fire for the exposure of massive abuse scandals taking place in unfathomable numbers at local #SBC churches just like yours, & you do a sermon on tithing so that the “work of the Lord” can continue? /2

#SBCtoo #SBC19 #AbuseOfFaith #AbusebyClergy
Surely there is at least a basic understanding -I’m not even asking for granular level- that perhaps the decline in your weekly budget actuals has something to do with the fact that people are hesitant to give to an org that has yet to begin handling abuse on a systemic scale? /3
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