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Was Dan William Haby Jr. Listed in Southern Baptist Abuse Report?

Dan William Haby Jr., a former pastor at Cowboy Way Church in Alvarado, TX, as well as Stockyards Community Church, abused two teenage boys. Haby pleaded guilty to two of six charges of child indecency. He was sentenced to seven years of deferred adjudication probation by Tarrant County courts. After 7 years, if he follows the terms of his sentence, his case will be dismissed with no conviction on his record. He must, however, register as a sex offender for life, receive sex offender treatment and counseling, and avoid contact with anyone under the age of 17.

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SBC Guidepost Report Names

According to the Washington Post, a 300-page report was launched on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The report contains horrible new information concerning particular abuse occurrences and sheds light on how denominational officials actively hindered abuse prevention and change for many years.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have revealed a substantial and independent 3rd party investigation that discovered that abusers were frequently ignored, forgotten, or perhaps criticized by high-level church administrators from within this religious denomination of larger than 16 million members. Moreover, it exposed these leaders frequently deceived their own members to stop them from knowing the flagrant sexual misbehavior.

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A Record of Overlooked Abuse

The report claims that a key Southern Baptist official was credibly implicated of sexual assault only 1 month after finishing his two-year term as the convention’s president. Furthermore, Johnny Hunt, a popular Georgia Southern Baptist preacher and senior vice president of the SBC’s missions arm, was credibly implicated of assaulting a fellow congregant at a 2010 trip in Panama City Beach, Florida. The North American Mission Board president claimed he was unaware of the accusations prior to Hunt resigning on May 13. The report likewise identifies three previous presidents of the convention, a previous vice president, and the former head of the SBC’s administrative arm as prominent SBC officials who aided in covering for and even motivated suspected abusers.

One victim detailed being treated with animosity as she claimed she was sexually abused by a youth pastor. The implicated pastor served in several 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 arm, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, mentioned ‘this is not all Southern Baptists, look at all the good we do.’ The Report shows a trend of stonewalling, retaliation, coverup, and intimidation.” He anticipates this document will deliver much-needed reform and hold those accountable for their misconduct.

The report states that a key Southern Baptist official was credibly accused of sexual assault only one month after completing his two-year term as the convention’s president. The report also names 3 prior presidents of the convention, a former vice president, and the former head of the SBC’s administrative division as notable SBC leaders who aided in protecting and even motivated thought sexual predators.

He wishes this report will bring much-needed change and hold those accountable for their actions.

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