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Was Robert Lindsay Cowan Listed in Southern Baptist Convention Abuse Report?

Robert Lindsay Cowan was charged with felony lewd and lavicious actions with a child under the age of 14 and lewd acts on a child under the age of 14 with the use of force, violence, or pressure.  Cowan had served as a deacon at the Baptist Church of Cool in Cool, California, for the previous 15 years and was also conducting private bible study sessions in Sacramento, where the alleged crimes took place.  Before moving to Cool, he was a long-time Baptist deacon in the Sacramento area.  In 2010, he was given a sentence of 30 years to life in prison.

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Southern Baptist Convention 2022 Report

According to the Washington Post, a 300-page report was launched on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The report contains terrible new information concerning certain abuse instances and sheds light on how denominational authorities actively fought abuse avoidance and change for decades.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have announced an extensive and independent 3rd party examination that found that abusers were frequently ignored, forgotten, and even blamed by high-ranking church officials from within this religious denomination of larger than 16 million people. Furthermore, it showed these leaders often deceived their very own members to stop them from being aware of the widespread sexual misconduct.

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A Record of Dismissed Baptist Abuse

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

The report alleges that an essential Southern Baptist leader was credibly accused of sexual abuse only one calendar month after completing his two-year term as the convention’s president. The report also names 3 previous presidents of the SBC, a previous vice president, and the previous head of the SBC’s administrative arm as renowned SBC leaders who assisted in covering for and even encouraged presumed abusers.

Responsibility in the SBC

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 Report demonstrates a trend of stonewalling, coverup, retaliation, and intimidation.” He desires this document will bring much-needed reform and hold those liable for their horrific actions.

The document claims that a major Southern Baptist leader was credibly implicated in sexual abuse just one month after finishing his two-year stretch as the convention’s president. The report likewise names 3 prior presidents of the convention, a former vice president, and the former head of the SBC’s administrative council as renowned SBC leaders who helped in covering and actually motivated believed sexual predators.

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