First, the Biden administration raided former President Trump, and now they are going after churches.
The Southern Baptist Convention recently released an embarrassing report about the denomination to clean things up and be transparent, or so they say.
A 288-page report completed by an independent investigator found that for 20 years, the top leaders of the denomination “ignored sexual abuse allegations and disparaged survivors for more than two decades.”
The report released in May was conducted by Guidepost Solutions, an independent firm contracted by the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee. It found that survivors and concerned Southern Baptists continuously shared allegations with the executive committee.
The report found that those who came forward were “met, time and time again, with resistance, stonewalling, and even outright hostility from some within the EC.”
In response to the report, the SBC said that they would track pastors who’ve been “credibly” accused of misconduct. Leaders of the denomination also initiated an Abuse Reform Implementation Task Force to ensure the changes are implemented and set up a fund for victims.
By all accounts, the SBC’s own report shows they have some work to do, but now the Biden administration is using the report to probe the 14 million member denomination.
“[The Committee] recently became aware that the Department of Justice has initiated an investigation into the Southern Baptist Convention, and that the investigation will include multiple SBC entities,” the SBC Executive Committee online statement said. “While we continue to grieve and lament past mistakes related to sexual abuse, current leaders across the SBC have demonstrated a firm conviction to address those issues of the past and are implementing measures to ensure they are never repeated in the future. The fact that the SBC Executive Committee recently completed a fully transparent investigation is evidence of this commitment.”
Curiously, just weeks after the overturning of Roe and just days after a former president’s home was raided, the Biden administration is going after churches. Clearly, the SBC has some cleaning up to do, but there seems to be a lot of interest from the Biden administration to probe institutions on the right side of the aisle.
Below is another example, over the weekend, The Atlantic published an article claiming the Rosary symbolizes right-wing extremism.
Daniel Panneton wrote, “rosary beads have been woven into a conspiratorial politics and absolutist gun culture. These armed radical traditionalists have taken up a spiritual notion that the rosary can be a weapon in the fight against evil and turned it into something dangerously literal.”
What has Panneton fired up? A Roman Catholic store that sells “The Combat Rosary,” which is a replica of the 1916 WWI the US military gave to soldiers headed into combat. The website states the purpose of the rosary is to offer “battle-ready products and manuals to “stand firm against the tactics of the devil” Ephesians 6:10.”
Panneton wrote the product is militant and “glorifies a warrior mentality and notions of manliness and male strength. This conflation of the masculine and the military is rooted in wider anxieties about Catholic manhood—the idea that it is in crisis has some currency among senior Church figures and lay organizations.”
At best, his comments were ignorant.
If Panneton had bothered to open a Bible and read two verses after the Ephesians quote, his misinformation would have been canceled. Ephesians 6:12 clearly states that the battle is referred to in verse 10 as spiritual. Of course, the article’s point was to be a hit piece against organized religion so Pannteton left it out.
The backlash to the article was so significant The Atlantic changed the title, and the writer blocked his Twitter account so people couldn’t respond to him.