The Southern Baptist Convention is a bigot

Tue, Jul 21, 2009



You might have come across this recently-released statement by former US President Jimmy Carter, explaining why he is severing his ties with the Southern Baptist Convention. In brief, the reason for his action is that the SBC have made it a condition of membership that adherents have to agree that women must be “subservient” to their husbands and that women should be prohibited from serving as deacons, pastors, or chaplains in the military service (more details here; a couple of dissenting opinions within Southern Baptistry itself here and here.). thinks that it’s time these demented cross-waving troglodytes crawl out of their caves and accept the basic human fact of gender equality. Not only that, but we think such bigoted discrimination should be both illegal and vigorously prosecuted. What say you all?

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7 Responses to “The Southern Baptist Convention is a bigot”

  1. Sean Cassidy Says:

    Anyone who looks for guidance from voices in their head or from disseminated and strongly edited 2000 year old texts should rightly be classified as mad. It’s about time that one religion, doesn’t matter which one, was prosecuted for obtaining monies by deception…

    ..but given my run ins with the baptists here i Jamaica, good place to start


  2. Gustavo Says:

    I’m not sure about making such blatant discrimination “illegal”. Beliefs are 1st Amendment territory, as you well know, and even though the SBC is nothing more than a business, it is still separate from State.

    Inasmuch as such beliefs are exercised in the rapes, beatings, and/or other horrendous treatment practically encouraged by such discrimination, I agree that the punishment should be as severe as possible. Would motive in such cases be any easier to establish, if the person is a strong zealot of the SBC? I would think so.


  3. DragonXero Says:

    What? A religion is doing something we disagree with? MAKE IT ILLEGAL! Oh wait, pesky first amendment.


  4. Noremacam Says:

    Let me first state I am a southern baptist. Men are required by God to love their wives like their own bodies, and to honor their wives in everything they do. Just because men were given authority in the church doesn’t mean that men are better than women, just because God gave them authority over the church. A policeman(or policewoman) can have authority over me, but that doesn’t make them better or more important than me. My role is simply different from theirs. The role of women is different than men, because God made them that way.

    Don’t get me wrong, there’s been all kinds of sexist morons who have passed themselves off to the world as Christians, but this is antithetical to what southern baptists(like myself) represent – that men and women are created different, to serve a different, Christ honoring, role.

    Gustavo Anyone who is a strong zealot of the SBC would also mean they’re a strong follower of the Bible in which Christ teaches:

    John 13:34-35 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”


    • Ben Says:

      Noremacam: what does the christian god/bible say about men having nipples? I don’t mean that in a smarmy tone. I’m concerned about arguments based on a creator deity that bestowed half of its created with what appear to be useless vestiges.


  5. Rajiv Says:

    I will be going as a messenger from my chucrh. I think this will be a great Convention. On what I think are the two big issues, here are my thoughts. On the next SBC President: I look forward to finding out who will be elected. I know who I will vote for, but think there are several good candidates who would serve the Convention well. On the resolutions on regenerate chucrh membership: There are at least two resolutions that have been submitted. I think that one of the two will come out of committee, or better, the committee will write one of their own. I do not see how the Convention does not ultimately pass one of them, regardless whether or not the committee puts one forth. It will be quite interesting to see how things play out and could be a great demonstration of Robert’s Rules. The resolutions are different enough (Ascol’s dealing more specifically with the issue of chucrh discipline) that I would support passing both resolutions, however, I do not think that will occur.In any case, it will be an exciting Convention. That’s way more than you were probably looking for, so I will leave you with my final two cents for my fellow SAS readers: (1) Pray for the Convention. (2) Go to the Convention.See you there ,ToddTodd Benkerts last blog post..


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