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Was Russell Thomas Hirner Listed in SBC List of Abusers?

Russell Thomas Hirner, a former principal at Texas’ Longview Baptist Christian Academy, was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2004 for sexually abusing seven girls.

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Southern Baptist Convention List Of Abusers

According to the Washington Post, a 300-page report was launched on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The document includes horrible brand-new information relating to certain abuse occurrences and clarify how denominational authorities actively opposed abuse prevention and change for several years.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have actually revealed a comprehensive and independent third-party examination that revealed that abusers were frequently disregarded, forgotten, or perhaps denounced by high-level congregation officials from within this religious denomination of greater than 16 million individuals. In addition, it revealed these leaders typically lied to their very own members to avoid them from being aware of the unchecked sexual misconduct.

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A Record of Overlooked Mishandling

The report claims that an essential Southern Baptist leader was credibly accused of sexual abuse merely one calendar 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 arm as notable SBC leaders who helped in covering and even encouraged believed abusers.

One victim outlined being treated with animosity as she claimed she was sexually abused by a youth pastor. The implicated pastor served in multiple Southern Baptist churches in several states. During a conference with the SBC leaders in 2007, a member of the Executive Board “turned his back to her during her speech and another chortled.”

Responsibility in the 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, intimidation, coverup, and retaliation.” He desires this document will deliver much-needed change and hold those responsible for their misconduct.

The report claims that a leading Southern Baptist official was credibly implicated of sexual assault only 1 month after finishing his two-year term as the convention’s president. The report likewise names three prior presidents of the convention, a former vice president, and the former head of the SBC’s administrative division as prominent SBC leaders who assisted in protecting and even encouraged suspected sexual abusers.

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

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