This letter, written by Karen Swallow Prior, addresses the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), urging them to confront and address issues of abuse within the SBC. It highlights instances of abuse, neglect, and cover-ups, criticizing the convention for prioritizing reputation and budgets over the well-being of vulnerable individuals. The letter calls for accountability, transparency, and genuine change within the convention, emphasizing the importance of listening to survivors and taking meaningful action to prevent further harm.
Religion News Service:
To be sure, the bar is pretty low for a convention founded by slaveholders for the purpose of defending the institution of slavery, a history for which you formally apologized in 1995, a century after the fact.
Let’s be clear: No one expects abuse to be entirely absent from the church. Abuse is everywhere. But the church should be the place where it is hardest for abusers to hide, not among the easiest.
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