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Was Joseph Edmund Conger Listed in SBC Abuse Investigation Report?

Joseph Edmund Conger, a former pastor at New Life Baptist Church in Cole Camp and Faith Baptist Church in Climax Springs, Missouri, was accused of having sexual relations with two teenage boys. He pleaded guilty and was convicted of statutory sodomy in 2009 for incidents with a teen in 2003.  According to Missouri court records, he was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2009. He has since passed away.

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Southern Baptist Convention News

According to the Washington Post, a 300-page report was launched on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The document consists of terrible new details regarding particular abuse circumstances and sheds light on how denominational authorities actively fought abuse prevention and reform for years.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have actually revealed a comprehensive and independent third-party examination that found that abusers were often ignored, forgotten, or perhaps blamed by upper-level church administrators from within this religious denomination of more than 16 million people. In addition, it uncovered these leaders frequently deceived their own members to avoid them from being aware of the prevalent sexual misbehavior.

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A History of Ignored Misconduct

Nearly all of these reported occurrences fell outside of the statutes of limitations, making it uncertain how many abusers were really charged. According to the report, an in-house list was kept.

The report stated that an essential Southern Baptist leader was credibly implicated of sexual abuse only 1 month after finishing his two-year term as the convention’s president. The report likewise names three previous presidents of the convention, a former vice president, and the previous head of the SBC’s administrative arm as noted SBC leaders who aided in covering up for and even encouraged thought abusers.

Accountability in the Southern Baptist Church

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 pattern of stonewalling, retaliation, intimidation, and coverup.” He hopes this document will deliver much-needed change and hold those responsible for their sexual abuse.

The report alleges that a key Southern Baptist official was credibly accused of sexual abuse only one month after completing his two-year spell as the convention’s president. The report likewise names 3 previous presidents of the convention, a former vice president, and the former head of the SBC’s administrative council as renoun SBC leaders who helped in protecting and also motivated believed abusers.

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