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Was Wesley Craig Parnell Named in Southern Baptist Convention List of Abusers?

Wesley Craig Parnell, a Bible teacher from Salinas, California, pleaded no contest to four counts of lewd acts with a child and one count of oral copulation with a child under the age of fourteen.

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According to the Washington Post, a 300-page report was launched on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The file includes horrifying brand-new specifics concerning certain abuse circumstances and clarify how denominational authorities actively opposed abuse prevention and change for decades.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have announced a substantial and independent 3rd party investigation that discovered that abusers were frequently neglected, forgotten, and even admonished by high-ranking congregation administrators from within this religious denomination of larger than 16 million individuals. Moreover, it revealed these leaders frequently lied to their very own members to stop them from being aware of the widespread sexual misbehavior.

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A Story of Dismissed Mishandling of Abuse

The report asserts that a senior Convention official was credibly accused of sexual assault merely one month after finishing his two-year stretch as the convention’s president. In Addition, Johnny Hunt, a popular Georgia Southern Baptist preacher and senior vice president of the SBC’s missions arm, was credibly implicated of abusing a lady during a 2010 vacation in Panama City Beach, FL. The North American Mission Board president declared he was uninformed of the accusations prior to Hunt resigning on May 13. The report also names three prior presidents of the convention, a former vice president, and the former head of the SBC’s administrative arm as prominent SBC leaders who helped in covering up for and even encouraged known abusers.

One victim recounted being treated with animosity as she claimed she was sexually assaulted by a youth pastor. The implicated pastor served in numerous Southern Baptist churches in a number of states. At a conference with the SBC leaders in 2007, a member of the Exec Committee “turned his back to her during her speech and another chortled.”

Responsibility in the Southern Baptist Convention

Russell Moore, the former head of the SBC’s policy branch, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, stated ‘this is not all Southern Baptists, look at all the good we do.’ The bombshell report demonstrates a trend of stonewalling, coverup, retaliation, and intimidation.” He desires this report will deliver much-needed reform and hold those liable for their misconduct.

The document asserts that a principal Southern Baptist leader was credibly implicated of sexual assault just one month after finishing his two-year spell as the convention’s president. The report also names 3 prior presidents of the convention, a previous vice president, and the previous head of the SBC’s administrative arm as notable SBC leaders who assisted in covering and actually motivated suspected abusers.

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