A thread 🧵on SBC controversy & what it means for this year's Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting:

*disclaimer: this thread will focus on abuses of power by a few in leadership, not CRT or other issues.
In 2019 Augie Boto retired from the @SBCExecComm. Boto was, at the time, the Executive Vice President of the convention. In 2020 there was a lawsuit filed over the "attempted takeover" of a charity that had @SWBTS and @Baylor as its beneficiaries.
star-telegram.com/news/local/edu…
Boto was in the middle of it. Guilty, in part, of mishandling this endowment by way of unethical board appointments. So much so, he agreed to never hold a position of leadership at an SBC entity or Texas based charity ever again.
religionnews.com/2021/02/08/bay…
This matters because Boto discredited the testimonies of Christa Brown & Rachael Denhollander regarding the sex abuse crisis in the SBC. [I did not tag them, nor any survivors, in this thread so they would not feel obligated reengage their situation here]
baptistblog.files.wordpress.com/2021/06/boto1_…
Boto felt comfortable addressing the crisis in this manner, in part, because this was the culture handed down to him by SBC leaders like Paige Patterson, who encouraged Megan Lively not to report her abuse case.
apnews.com/article/religi…
But Patterson, who we will come back to, was not the only individual close to Boto with a checkered history. Frank Page (the former president of the @SBCExecComm) resigned due to a "morally inappropriate relationship" in 2018.
christianitytoday.com/news/2018/marc…
Yet, in 2017, while in the middle of his "morally inappropriate" relationship, Page saw it fit to investigate the @ERLC. In the words of Page, @drmoore caused "deep hurt" to the convention.

washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-f…
Page was the President of the Executive Committee at the time of all of this. He sought to preserve his own power against the backlash of fabricated funding issues by formally investigating a man with whom he had fundamental disagreements with, "while" failing morally himself.
.@drmoore wrote of this in his 2020 letter to the Board of Trustees of the @erlc. That letter was leaked last week and can be read at the link below. Here is a screen shot were Moore addresses the Page situation:

religionnews.com/2021/06/02/rus…
Through cover-up and distraction, Page was able to take the light off himself, focus it on Moore, all while preserving himself and gaining accolades from Southern Baptists who were critical of the @ERLC. This was the same tactic Boto used when he dismissed Brown & Denhollander.
These two men aren't the only in recent history to abuse their status in the SBC for immoral personal gain. Two other examples would be Paige Patterson, as stated previously, and Paul Pressler: the "architects" of the SBC Conservative Resurgence.
Pressler allegedly abused Gareld Duane Rollins Jr. and did so repeatedly for some 20 years starting in 1980. This occurred 1 year after the infamous Annual Meeting in Houston, "while" the Conservative Resurgence was in full swing.
religionnews.com/2021/03/01/app…
Pressler profited from the Conservative Resurgence, he got a book deal out of it, and enjoyed a place alongside SBC greats until the allegations arose.
baptistpress.com/resource-libra…
Pressler felt so at home in the SBC, that in 2016 he attempted to defend the confederate flag at that Annual Meeting. I was at this meeting and saw Pressler at the mic in person. He was passionate and animated in his desire to defend the confederate flag.
baptistpress.com/resource-libra…
While Pressler enjoyed moderate prominence in the SBC while allegedly abusing Gareld Duane Rollins Jr. over the span of two decades, the Conservative Resurgence launched Patterson to the highest echelon of the SBC world & he used this power to insulate himself & cover up abuse.
Here @RobDownenChron outlines how Patterson, alongside Jerry Vines, downplayed the nature and character of Darrell Gilyard's sex abuse allegation.
houstonchronicle.com/news/investiga…
Another disturbing example Patterson's mishandling of sex abuse cases, comes from when a student at @SWBTS in 2015 reported abuse and he wanted to meet with her alone so he could “break her down."
houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-t…
Patterson served as President of @SEBTS from 1992-2003, President of the SBC from 1998-2000, and President of @SWBTS from 2003-2018. Yet, this prominence didn't stop Patterson from objectifying a 16 yr old girl:
Moreover, according to @pbethancourt and others, Patterson is man behind these racist words regarding Trillia Newbell.
religionnews.com/2021/06/03/sbc…
Why does all of this matter for next week's Annual Meeting? It matters because time and time again those in power have covered up, dismissed, or participated in abuse while leading our convention.
It matters because these aren't isolated incidents and there is an entire network, @BaptistNetwork, cozying up to Patterson. See here:
baptistpress.com/resource-libra…
It matters because @drmoore named @PastorMikeStone, a leader in the CBN & SBC prez candidate, as one who tried to prevent the formulation of the credentials committee yet saw no problem starting a Page-esque probe into the @ERLC.
baptistblog.files.wordpress.com/2021/06/rdm-fi…
It matters because @DGrantGaines and @ronniep are going to make this motion to investigate the @SBCExecComm and the motion needs to pass.
It matters because Lively, Lyell, and the thousands of others who have experienced abuse at the hands of SBC leaders, pastors, & laity deserve to be believed, not dismissed, and have justice served. houstonchronicle.com/news/investiga…
It matters because we are a large convention with many churches comprised of followers of Jesus who deserve to know the full truth of what has been taking place among our leadership structures so that repentance & corrective change can begin to take place.

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First, though the @SBCExecComm's self-creation of the task force does appear to be permissible per the SBC bylaws, it is unprecedented.
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