Weekly briefing: SBC sex abuse, James MacDonald, 'Dirty Dozen'
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Report exposes prevalent sex abuse in Southern Baptist churches
While there have been reports of sex abuse in the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant church body in the country, over the last few decades, the Houston Chronicle featured an exclusive investigation, documenting the abuse of over 700 victims.
The three-part series includes testimonies from victims, many of whom were minors when they were abused, and a searchable database of sex offenders — a list that the SBC does not keep due to the autonomous nature of its member churches.
Megachurch pastor James MacDonald fired
More recently, recorded comments from what many are convinced is the pastor were aired. Those comments included vulgar references and crude remarks when speaking about others.
Annual release of ‘Dirty Dozen’
This year’s Dirty Dozen List of companies that facilitate sexual exploitation include Netflix, Google, Roku and United Airlines.
The National Center on Sexual Exploitation aims to pressure and “shame” these entities to stop profiting from and facilitating sexual exploitation. In some cases, the list has produced noticeable results and changes in organizational policy.
Evangelical head retiring, talks how evangelicalism is changing
As Leith Anderson, the head of the National Association of Evangelicals, gets ready to retire this year, he noted that evangelicalism is “increasingly a face of immigrants.”
Though some try to link the movement to pro-Trump Christian nationalism, Anderson stressed that that isn’t the case.
California ordered to pay pregnancy centers
“Faith-based pro-life pregnancy centers cannot be forced to promote human genocide.” — Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel