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There has been positive development with regard to the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) and a sex abuse resolution proposed by pastor and blogger, Peter Lumpkins. The following video shows Peter Lumpkins presenting the resolution to SBC President Fred Luter.
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Peter Lumpkins has posted the original resolution along with noted changes of the vetted resolution at his blog: Resolution on Sexual Abuse of Children adopted with amendment
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The Washington Post reports:
HOUSTON — The Southern Baptist Convention has passed a resolution calling on all Southern Baptists to report allegations of child abuse to authorities.
The article later adds:
It is unclear whether the amendment was aimed at any specific person or practice, but it comes after some Southern Baptist leaders expressed support for Sovereign Grace Ministries. That group faces accusations that church officials covered up child sexual abuse.
Those of us in the blogosphere certainly know the pressure has been on church leaders to deal with this issue of unreported sex abuse in churches. It’s wonderful to see that this resolution was passed, but Amy Smith of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) tweeted a reality check earlier this evening:
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Well, there you go. What a no-brainer!! It’s shameful that there needs to be a resolution to “remind” church leaders of something most of us see as basic and obvious.
Pam Palmer, mother of a plaintiff in the Sovereign Grace Ministries sex abuse cover up lawsuit joined Amy Smith to bring awareness to the situation outside the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Houston.
Associated Baptist Press (ABP) reported that SNAP referred to the event as a ‘”feel good” public relations move that “basically protects no one.”
“Brave action, not vague resolutions, stops crimes against kids,” said a statement on the SNAP website.’
There is definitely more awareness with regard to sex abuse in churches, but until we see a change in heart and much more accountability, the adoption of Lumpkins’ resolutions may be nothing more than just a band-aid to appease, not a real solution.
In the comments area of the ABP article, Judy Jones of SNAP wisely stated:
If the SBC officials are serious about exposing child predators and protecting innocent kids, there needs to be accountability and severe consequences for the church officials if they do not follow their own rules.
Also, the statutes of limitations needs to be removed for child sex crimes and for those who cover up their crimes. This would be the one for sure way to stop this abuse and protect kids today.
Church officials tend to protect their image and their institutions over protecting children.
As a recap, let’s not forget what happened just last week, timed shortly before the SBC convention. You may recall, Amy Smith received a voicemail from Houston Police Department.
Minutes ago, Amy provided me with a recording of that voicemail. This call is from an officer at the Houston Police Department Criminal Intelligence Division. Yes, I did in fact type “criminal.” Amy Smith – – a criminal? Wow.
Here are Amy’s words:
Listen here to the voicemail from the police department as an officer asks Amy about plans for a protest or demonstration.
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The news is mixed. But we cannot dismiss this voicemail from the police officer. Who initially called the police and why? Why would someone at Amy’s church be concerned about her involvement in protecting defenseless sex abuse victims? Isn’t it interesting that Amy is doing what a godly Shepherd should be doing – caring for the defenseless? . . . . . . Why would church leaders care – – – unless the church shepherds view Amy as a threat. hmmmm. Why would Amy be a threat? Perhaps because she is exposing the cover-ups at church? These churches need to quit playing games once and for all. Report crimes and protect children and put Amy out of her job that she shouldn’t have to begin with. Enough already!
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- Southern Baptists: Take care with ties to those accused of mishandling abuse (blogs.courier-journal.com)
- Cracks in the Celebrity-Driven Church, Bill Kinnon
- SBC’s Convention: A Victory Amidst Turmoil, The Wartburg Watch
- Southern Baptists pass resolution urging all abuse allegations to be reported to authorities, Fox News
- Southern Baptists: Take care with ties to those accused of …, Courier-Journal
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