Wednesday, February 21, 2007

SNAP realizes it's not just Catholics...

I can't claim to be a fan of some of what SNAP members have done in their quest against the Catholic Church but no one can ignore the fact that there have been people who have been victimized by priests, teachers, counselors, neighbors, ministers and lay people. SNAP has now made a public move according to CNN to draw attention to another religion that some of us have pointed out in the past had some skeletons in it's closet when it came to rape and sexual abuse, the Southern Baptists. According to the CNN article:

In the past six months SNAP has received reports of about 40 cases of sexual abuse by Southern Baptist ministers -- with some of the incidents dating back many years, Brown said.

SNAP leaders hold that abuse is typically underreported because being molested is such a painful experience that victims often wait years before stepping forward.

Southern Baptist Convention President Frank Page said the denomination plans to teach its churches how to conduct background checks, and to require letters of recommendation for job candidates.

But he said the Southern Baptist Convention does not have the legal authority to create an independent board to investigate abuse complaints.


I suppor them in their effort to bring attention to the fact that there are people out there who will abuse the trust clothed in religion to take advantage of victims and it's not just the Catholic Church who has members who are guilty of this...

1 comment:

Hooda Thunkit said...

Amen!

It never has just been Catholic priests, but they're just now getting around to admitting it, even to themselves.