"Somehow the wires uncrossed, the tables were turned...Never knew I had such a lesson to learn."
New Attitude, sung by
downhome diva Patti LaBelle
Heading for the Light,
by George Harrison,
Over the Rainbow,
sung by IZ
Some Humans Ain't Human,
by John Prine
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Columnist Leonard Pitts
put this word into print - a reminder of how religious leaders canrationalize an entrenched blindness to sexual violence against womenand children.
Asa kid, I dreamed of being a missionary and thought I would shine thelight of truth in the darkest corners of Africa. As it turns out, thedarkest corners were closer to home. I have found no blacker darknessthan the blindness of Southern Baptist leaders to the horror of clergysex abuse. [Read more]
SBC Clergy Predators
"Wolves" in the Church
"Baptistgate parallels Foleygate"
"Clergy Predators are as crafty
Many Southern Baptistsurvivors sent me comments about their disgust with the failure of SBCleaders to take action. This one from Susan Dancer was so haunting thatI asked permission to print it:
"Even as I type this, I'm quite sure there's another trusting littleChristian girl being "groomed" into the loss of her pride, dignity, andinnocence. And even as I type this, as the very seconds pass in which something could be done ---- nothing is."
Southern Baptist survivors
"Baptist Leaders Blind to Their Responsibilities"
"Churches attract pedophiles and sexual predators, where forgiveness...and trust are taught to adults...while children are told to be nice, polite, obey and honor their elders."
"Pastor Arrested-Child Sex Case"
Hear victim speak about abuse.
This is an example of how California's extended limitations periodgets predators out of pulpits. In most states, prosecution of thismonster-minister would not be possible, and he could move on to otherprey. How can that happen? Because by the time the victim is capable oftalking about it, the law can't prosecute, and denominational leadersdo nothing.
"Southern Baptist Leaders Challenged to Get Tough
on Sex Abuse by Clergy"
Read SNAP's letter to SBC President Frank Page and SBC leaders, Morris Chapman and Richard Land. See the 5 requests for making Southern Baptist churches safer for kids. Decide for yourself. Kids are precious. Predators are crafty. Isn't it time Southern Baptist leaders took action?
What would a good shepherd do? Recite the mantra of "congregational autonomy" or protect the young?
"Advocate Says Baptists Slow to Confront Problem of Clergy Sex Abuse"
WithHouse Speaker Dennis Hastert now saying "the buck stops here" on theFoley scandal, it's a good time to look back at columnist TerryMattingly's 2002 article, "Where does the Baptist buck stop?" Theanswer was "nowhere." Southern Baptists acknowledge sex abuse inchurches, but no one takes responsibility for doing anything about it.
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What Southern Baptist leaders should have learned - and didn't - from the Catholic abuse scandal.
Thisis actually about "what Congress should have learned," but almosteverything Marci Hamilton says could just as easily be about SouthernBaptist leaders. "The motivation of those in power...was to protect aninstitution...to further secure the power of individual men...Noreputation, and no power, that is built on lies and on the cover-up ofserious crimes, is worth protecting."
"Protecting children is a biblical responsibility."
Letterof 27 clergy and Christian leaders calling for "repentance andresignation" of congressional leaders who knew about Foley's emails. What about "repentence and resignation" of Baptist leaders who were informed of clergy sex abuse and did nothing?
Need Help Now?
Call the Hot Line. Many clergy abuse victims have thoughts about suicide. You are not alone. Call 1-800-SUICIDE (800-784-2433) and you will be connected to a crisis center.
SNAP Support Groups. In over 50 cities, clergyabuse survivors have support groups. Talk with others who are workingtoward healing and prevention. Find a support group near you.
Guideposts. Others have traveled this rocky road and tell lessons learned from experience. See what to do and survivors' wisdom.
"Itis clear that a perpetrator of sexual abuse is likely to repeat thebehavior....We call upon people to stop denying what happened, and bidthem to open their hearts and minds to the truth that survivors arespeaking."
"Pursuing and telling the truth is an act offaith....We honor the Spirit who brings healing to hearts that hurt andjustice to those who hunger and thirst for righteousness."
Final Report of the Independent Committee of Inquiry, Presbyterian Church USA, 2002. [Read more]