‘We are shocked’: More than 1,000 Southern Baptist women denounce leader’s ‘objectifying’ comments, advice to abused women

Source: The Washington Post

Paige Patterson speaks at the Southern Baptist Convention in Phoenix on June 14, 2017. (Adelle M. Banks/RNS).  The Muslim Times has the best collection of articles for women rights

More than 1,000 Southern Baptist women have signed an open letter to the trustees of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary that says they are “grieved by the dangerous and unwise counsel” that the group’s president, Paige Patterson, has given by telling abused women not to divorce, and are shocked by his comments that “objectify a teenage girl.”

“These comments are damaging, sinful, and necessitate a decisive response,” the women wrote in a letter published Sunday afternoon.

These women, who include several influential writers and speakers, are not pushing theological boundaries within the Southern Baptist Convention. The letter says they affirm Southern Baptist views that only men are allowed to be pastors and that women are to submit themselves to their husbands. 

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