Was James Earl Busby Listed on the SBC List of Abusers?
In 2016, James Earl Busby, a member of Alliance Baptist Church in Fort Worth, TX, admitted to sexually abusing a 6-year-old girl and her 4-year-old sister, as well as engaging in child pornography. He was sentenced to 35 years in jail in February 2018. He was a member of Alliance Baptist Church, but the pastor, Terry Kizer, did not inform the congregation until after Busby was convicted, allowing him to continue attending. Other members contested Kizer’s claim that Busby did not have access to the youth program.
Guidepost Solutions SBC Report
According to the Washington Post, a 300-page report was launched on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The file includes scary brand-new details regarding certain abuse circumstances and clarify how denominational officials actively opposed abuse avoidance and reform for several years.
Southern Baptist Convention leaders have announced a comprehensive and independent 3rd party examination that revealed that abusers were typically disregarded, forgotten, or even admonished by high-ranking congregation leaders from within this religious denomination of more than 16 million members. In addition, it disclosed these leaders often lied to their very own members to prevent them from understanding the unchecked sexual abuses.
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A Record of Ignored SBC Misconduct
Practically all of these disclosed occurrences occurred outside of the statutes of limitations, making it uncertain how many abusers were really charged. According to the report, an internal list was kept.
The report asserts that a senior Convention leader was credibly accused of sexual assault just one month after finishing his two-year term as the convention’s president. The report additionally names three prior presidents of the convention, a previous vice president, and the former head of the SBC’s administrative arm as prominent SBC leaders who helped in covering for and even motivated alleged abusers.
One victim outlined being treated with animosity as she claimed she was sexually abused by a youth pastor. The accused pastor served in several Southern Baptist churches in several states. At a meeting with the SBC leaders in 2007, a member of the Executive Council “turned his back to her during her speech and another chortled.”
Accountability in the Baptist Church
The document alleges that a major Southern Baptist official was credibly accused of sexual assault only one month after completing his two-year spell as the convention’s president. The report also names 3 previous presidents of the convention, a previous vice president, and the previous head of the SBC’s administrative branch as notable SBC leaders who assisted in covering up and also motivated thought abusers.
He wishes this report will bring much-needed change and hold those accountable for their misconduct.
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