UPDATE: The Daily Beast covered this story and linked to my post.
Senior pastor Mahaney, accused of covering abuse, returns to the spotlight: https://t.co/gBWmYC2N66 pic.twitter.com/Na7aHUtY0K— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) April 17, 2016
Pastor of alleged child sex-abuse cover-up says churches should defend their pastors https://t.co/BZcJix3YKC— Baptist News Global (@baptist_news) April 19, 2016
Scandal-plagued C.J. Mahaney back in the conference preaching saddle again https://t.co/MqSHvCoZHT #TG4— Baptist News Global (@baptist_news) April 14, 2016
They laughed about child sex abuse yesterday at T4G2016:
SNAP, an advocacy and support group formed in response to the pedophile priest scandal in the Roman Catholic Church, previously called on the other three conference founders to disinvite Mahaney. Allegations were made against Mahaney, former pastor of Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, Md., and other leaders of Sovereign Grace Ministries in a 2012 lawsuit dismissed on a legal technicality.
One of the protestors, Pam Palmer of Hagerstown, Md., told local media that after her 3-year-old daughter was abused by a teenage boy who was eventually convicted, a pastor serving under Mahaney told her family not to call the police.In introducing Mahaney at the conference, Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, praised his friend as a model of Christian endurance.
With renewed attention to the civil case in recent articles by The Washingtonian and Time Magazine and a second arrest of a Covenant Life Church member for sexual abuse, some even within the Calvinist camp said it would be the prudent thing for him to again avoid attending.
Mark Ammerman, pastor at Grace Evangelical Congregational Church in Lancaster, Pa., appealed to planners in a message made public by The Wartburg Watch that “no matter how you may feel about him personally” Mahaney is “in the middle of one of the largest ongoing sex abuse scandals in evangelical history.
Mohler referred obliquely to the pushback in his introduction of Mahaney, getting laughs with the line: “I told C.J. that in getting ready to introduce him I decided I would Google to see if there was anything on the Internet about him.”Albert Mohler is president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a council member for The Gospel Coalition.
Mohler's Google joke about Mahaney begins at the 2:05 mark but his whole intro is disgusting. https://t.co/DGHaI4uTbX #T4G2016— Amy Smith (@watchkeep) April 14, 2016
We have the audio. Those so called pastors laughed right after Mohler made the cracks about looking up CJ on Google. https://t.co/sX6FNMzByt— Dee Parsons (@wartwatch) April 14, 2016
@michaelmgoff @albertmohler @wartwatch have u googled CJ Mahaney? This is what they're laughing about & they know it https://t.co/fSBlknS3PS— Amy Smith (@watchkeep) April 14, 2016
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We have a major Christian crisis when friendships & finances become more important than what is right & wrong. Covering up abuse is wrong.— Boz Tchividjian (@BozT) April 13, 2016
#T4G2016 conference hit by protests over CJ Mahaney presence https://t.co/5TRd9DXJLj pic.twitter.com/xgZimCx2mJ— Christian Today (@ChristianToday) April 14, 2016
KY--Victims to protest huge Protestant conference https://t.co/Gv1CCZ8brq
— SNAP Network (@SNAPNetwork) April 12, 2016
Evidently, the “tenth mark of a healthy church” is that the leaders have no conscience. https://t.co/4uiUwtTK84— Michael Newnham (@phoenixpreacher) April 14, 2016
"A single candle can both defy and define the darkness." - Anne Frank— Intl Justice Mission (@IJM) April 14, 2016
you DARE to preach of innocence, my children were innocents who were dashed on the "rocks" of your friends https://t.co/Uci04hnBc6— JV (@jaelsvoice) April 14, 2016
Mohler continues to disappoint making light of something serious with CJ intro. #T4G2016 If u laughed, u r part of old boys club of 10K.— Bob Bixby (@bobbixby) April 14, 2016
Remember when you wrote this @Albertmohler? Is child sex abuse funny to you now? https://t.co/9wp6PopP1E) #T4G2016 @Cjmahaney— Amy Smith (@watchkeep) April 14, 2016