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Investigation reveals more than 700 victims of #SouthernBaptist #sexualabuse over 20 years twitter.com/i/events/10946…
As 👉🏿#SouthernBaptist leaders reject #reforms,👈🏿 #sexualabuse continues to spread. Read part 1 of "Abuse of Faith," our exclusive investigative series launching Sunday, Feb. 10: houstonchronicle.com/AbuseOfFaith
“...1998, roughly 380 #SouthernBaptist church leaders & volunteers have faced allegations of #sexualmisconduct.... That includes those who were convicted, credibly accused & successfully sued, & those who confessed or resigned.
👉🏿More of them worked in #TX than in any other st👈🏿
“Pittman won't soon forgive those who have offered prayers but taken no action. He only recently stopped hating God.
‘That is the greatest tragedy of all,’ he said. 👉🏿‘So many people's faith is murdered. I mean, their faith is slaughtered by these #predators.’”👈🏿 #SouthernBaptist
“...#RevThomasDoyle wrote to #SBC leaders, imploring them to act. ...Doyle in 1980s was one of earliest 2 blow the whistle on #child #sexualabuse in the church. But Catholic leaders ‘lied about it ... covered it up & ignored the victims. ...same type of behavior going on w/SBC.’”
“Other leaders have acknowledged that #Baptist churches are troubled by predators but that they could not interfere in local church affairs. ...The #SBC governing documents ban gay or female pastors, but 👉🏿they do not outlaw convicted #sexoffenders from working in churches.”👈🏿
#Doyle, the #Catholic whistleblower, was similarly suspicious, if more blunt: ‘I understand the fear, because it's going 2 make the [#SBC] leadership look bad. Well, they are bad, & they should look bad. Because they have ignored this issue. They have demonized the victims.’”
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