Showing posts from June, 2013

In which the Chief of the Australian Army wins the internet: the standard you walk past is the standard you accept

Lookin' at you SBC ...and your resolution ...where's your moral courage in action, not just words? This is How a Real Leader Addresses Abuse Stop Baptist Predators: Another year of Baptist do-nothingness on clergy sex abuse We can fill a million books with theology and a million pews with worshipers, but it's all empty if we fail to protect & defend one child. — Zach J. Hoag (@zhoag) June 14, 2013 Brave action, not vague resolutions, stops crimes against kids Baptists adopt resolution, SNAP responds   Houston Chronicle article on Southern Baptist Convention by watchkeep “ @jackngraham : Sometimes the most spiritual thing you can do is take a nap.” Or make that critical call to Dallas police to report #abuse . — Amy Smith (@watchkeep) June 14, 2013

We are here to protect kids: Our awareness event at the 2013 SBC annual meeting

Miguel Pratts and Pam Palmer Pam being interviewed by Jeff Brumley of ABPnews Did someone from the SBC or HFBC call the Houston police department days before our plans to host this awareness event at the SBC meeting? Listen here or click to play the audio below of the voicemail I received last Friday from an officer in the Houston police department criminal intelligence division. UPDATE 6/20/13:  More about that phone call I received from the Houston police prior to our event, which as anyone can see  was not a “protest or rally” but simply an awareness/media event…with me and Pam and another survivor, Miguel Prats. I called that officer back late last week that left me the voicemail. After a several minute long conversation with me asking him questions about how he was alerted to our plans, my cell phone and David’s, I came away with more questions and an unsettled feeling. He claims to have searched for “protest” and “rally.” I never used those terms on my blo

What to do when your pastor, priest or a trusted person is accused of abuse

In planning for our SNAP awareness event at the SBC annual meeting this week in Houston, we have put together a list of helpful tips on what to do when a pastor, priest, or trusted person is accused of abuse. It is important to carefully consider our responses. The full, detailed list of tips is available on the SNAP website here . 1 ) Remain open-minded.   The natural human instinct is to recoil from alleged horror, and to immediately assume that the allegations are false. But the overwhelming majority of abuse disclosures prove to be true. 2) Pray for all parties involved. Every person involved deserves and needs prayerful support. 3) Let yourself feel whatever emotions arise. You may feel angry, betrayed, confused, hurt, worried and sad. These are all natural, "typical" responses to an allegation of sexual abuse. None of these feelings are inappropriate or "bad." 4) Remember that abuse, sadly, is quite common. It's far more widespread t

See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil: The Southern Baptist Convention and child sexual abuse within

6/9/13: See Updates at the end of this post. the backlash when speaking up about abuse Three Wise Monkeys , a photo by Menage a Moi on Flickr. A pastor at our church of almost 18 years,  Houston's First Baptist Church , has told me and my husband this week that *it's for the best that we step down from serving there, teaching in the youth ministry, since we don't see what I'm doing is a problem, like he does: my efforts to  shine the light of truth and spread awareness about the horrific problem of child sexual within Southern Baptist churches and the silence from SBC leaders. Up until this blog post, I have never mentioned our church or any of the HFBC pastors on my blog. I have never talked to this pastor, Doug Bischoff before, not in person, not on the phone, not via email. Last Friday, he left me a message, but I was out of town. Then, Monday, I didn't get a chance to call him back, being my 18th wedding anniversary, etc...and he left me

Soft hearts. Loud voices. Silent no more.

“Speak up for the people who have no voice, for the rights of all the down-and-outers." Proverbs 31:8 — GRACE (@netgrace_org) June 2, 2013 @ rachelheldevans The real shame is on those who spend more effort trying tosilence truth rather than embracing it with a contrite heart. — Boz Tchividjian (@BozT) June 1, 2013 A blog post by Matt B. Redmond: What Kind of Hard Heart? “His heart is hard as a stone, hard as the lower millstone.” – Job 41:24 What kind of hard heart are we witnessing in the SGM abuse scandal? What kind of hard heart sides easily with a wealthy pastor against those who suffered at the hands of sexual abusers under his watch and then does so in the name of the One Who had no place to lay his head? What kind of hard heart winks at a pastor who demanded an accountability of pastors and then ran from it to a church outside of his network of churches? What kind of hard heart says we must not believe the accuser against the sexual abuser till a