Just ahead of Nashville gathering, secret recordings highlight SBC dispute on sex abuse

Jun 11, 2021

Credit sbcannualmeeting.net

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Releases of leaked letters and secret recordings from within the Southern Baptist Convention are intensifying as critics seek to show top leaders were slow to address sexual abuse and worried more about its reputation and donations than about victims.

A former executive of the denomination’s ethics agency has posted audio clips he clandestinely recorded in internal meetings.

The aim is to bolster claims that leaders of the SBC’s Executive Committee sought to slow or block policies responding to abuse by ministers and other church leaders, and that they tried to intimidate those seeking a more robust response.

The committee members are defending their actions, saying the recordings reflect the normal give-and-take of policy development.