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Seminar votes, Paige Patterson after ousting him to fire as president: The two-way: NPR



Southern Baptist Convention President Paige Patterson presents his inaugural address to the Southern Baptist Convention in June 1999 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

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Southern Baptist Convention President Paige Patterson makes his opening speech to the Southern Baptist Convention at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta in June 1999.

John Bazemore / AP

The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Board has decided to dismiss its longtime president, Paige Patterson, who was topped last week over controversy over earlier advice he had given women regarding matrimonial mistreatment and rape The Board of the Fort Worth Seminary decided a week ago to replace Patterson as President and instead appointed him "Emeritus President with Compensation."

However, in a statement issued on Wednesday, the board said it received "new information" regarding the treatment of a sexual assault on a student during Patterson's previous term as president of the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC [19659010] Leader of the Southern Baptist on Remarks on Rape, Abuse of Women “/>

"The information requested to immediately withdraw action and could not be postponed to a regular meeting of the Board, based on the details presented to the Executive Committee unanimously decided to end Paige Patterson, with immediate effect, has all the benefits, rights and privileges provided by the Board meeting of May 22-23, including the title of Emeritus, the invitation to stay at the Baptist Heritage Center as the theologian-in-residence and ongoing compensation "said the statement.

"In addition, the seminar stands against all forms of abuse and bereavement for persons who have been violated by abuse." Today, [interim President] Dr. [Jeffrey] Bingham clarified that the SWBTS rejects any abusive behavior, behavior, or behavior Abuse makes it possible to denounce any failure to protect those abused and any failure to protect those susceptible to abuse, "the statement says.

Bingham also called on the fellowship of the seminary "to join the Body of Christ in praying for healing for all people affected by abuse"

As we reported last week:

"Patterson was on the in the defense, since allegations have surfaced that he once recommended that women who have been molested pray for their husbands. The Washington Post … also reported an incident in which Patterson was allegedly a woman said she was raped to forgive her attacker instead of reporting the crime to the police.

… Patterson's decision, 75, came after an open letter signed by more than 2,000 Baptists shocked by [his] statements and warned the leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention, "not to misuse the biblical view of leadership as a leader with an unbiblical view of autori women, femininity and sexuality may continue to lead. "


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