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Was Billie Minson Listed in Southern Baptist List of Abuser Names?

Billie Lewis Minson, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Swan, TX, pleaded guilty in 2009 to charges of having sexual contact with a child under the age of 17 and received a five-year deferred adjudication. In 2012, Minson was released from deferred adjudication. Ordered not to contact the child and to seek counseling, among other things.

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Southern Baptist Convention News

According to the Washington Post, a 300-page report was released on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The report consists of scary brand-new information relating to specific abuse occurrences and clarify how denominational authorities actively fought abuse avoidance and change for many years.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have announced a substantial and independent third-party investigation that found that abusers were often disregarded, forgotten, and even denounced by high-level congregation representatives from within this religious denomination of greater than 16 million people. In addition, it revealed these leaders typically deceived their own members to prevent them from knowing the prevalent sexual wrongdoing.

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A Record of Ignored Abuse

Practically all of these disclosed incidents fell outside of the statute of limitations, making it unclear how many abusers were in fact charged. According to the report, an in-house list was kept.

The report claims that a key Southern Baptist official was credibly implicated of sexual assault only 1 month after finishing his two-year stretch as the convention’s president. Additionally, Johnny Hunt, a widely known Georgia Southern Baptist preacher and senior vice president of the SBC’s missions arm, was credibly accused of abusing a fellow congregant during a 2010 holiday in Panama City Beach, FL. The North American Mission Board president claimed he was uninformed of the accusations prior to Hunt resigning on May 13. The report additionally names 3 previous presidents of the convention, a former vice president, and the previous head of the SBC’s administrative arm as prominent SBC officials who aided in covering for and even motivated alleged abusers.

One victim talked about being treated with hostility as she claimed she was sexually abused by a youth pastor. The accused pastor served in multiple Southern Baptist churches in numerous states. At a meeting with the SBC leaders in 2007, a member of the Exec Committee “turned his back to her during her speech and another chortled.”

Accountability in the Southern Baptist Convention

Russell Moore, the previous head of the SBC’s policy branch, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, specified ‘this is not all Southern Baptists, take a look at all the good we do.’ The bombshell report shows a pattern of stonewalling, intimidation, retaliation, and coverup.” He anticipates this document will bring much-needed change and hold those accountable for their sexual abuse.

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