Southern Religion

‘Stop Baptist Predators’ isn’t in the track-covering business

It isn’t just conspiratorial Catholic bishops who try to hide their predators.

Christa blogs about Baptist organizations and leaders who have tried to persuade her to help suppress cautionary information about the past predatory behavior of a current employee.

Jim is the director of a poverty relief Christian ministry in Tennessee. One of his staff members is an ordained Baptist minister who, in 2006, was charged by Georgia authorities on 16 counts of child pornography, 2 counts of child molestation, and 2 counts of enticing a child for indecent purposes. News about the minister was reported in a newspaper article, which is posted on the StopBaptistPredators website.

A few days ago, Jim wrote to me. He wants me to delete the article off the website.

Someone else wrote her “last week” asking that “articles on convicted Baptist minister Kevin Ogle, also from Georgia,” be deleted from the site.

The answer in both cases (the right answer) was “no” because:

A published news article might be one of the few possibilities by which people could find out about this minister’s prior history.

Checking prior history of current and prospective employees, and denying those with a history of predation positions which give them access to children (potential victims) is a fundamental obligation of all who provide services to children.

Hiding histories of employee predation is the opposite of that.

September 4, 2010 - Posted by | children, Churches, Crime, SBC |

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