Shiite hits the fan after pastor’s wife brands the Southern Baptist Convention ‘crazy’ and ‘paranoid’

Shiite hits the fan after pastor’s wife brands the Southern Baptist Convention ‘crazy’ and ‘paranoid’

THERE appears to be some confusion over the current status of Bill Thomas, an assistant pastor at the First Baptist Church in Madisonville, Kentucky, who was catapulted into the media spotlight after his wife Angela wrote a piece in the Madisonville Messenger.

Apart from describing the Southern Baptist Convention as “the crazy old paranoid uncle of evangelical Christians”, she referred to the evangelical group as “raging Shiite Baptists”.

According to this report, the offending column was a response to the SBC’s opposition to a new Boy Scouts of America policy that welcomes gay members. She wrote:

Sexuality doesn’t come up and isn’t relative to typical scouting activities but now, thanks to Southern Baptists, the parents of little innocent scouts everywhere are having to have The Talk.

In the weeks since the column’s publication, the status of Bill Thomas’ job with the church has become unclear. First Baptist pastor Joe Leonard  said he had accepted Thomas’ resignation and that he had not been fired, but Thomas wrote in a letter he had not resigned and had no intention of stepping down.

The Rev Russell Moore, head of the public policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, said he was surprised the “shockingly sarcastic tone” of the column came from the spouse of a church employee.

I didn’t find the column to be the sort of light-hearted poking that one would typically find in satire. I found it instead to be more of a screed from someone who’s very hostile to where most Baptists stand.

Moore said the column also mischaracterized the convention’s stance on the Boy Scout policy. He said the SBC’s action last month:

Was a very balanced resolution that didn’t denounce the Boy Scouts.We expressed disappointment, but didn’t speak in harsh terms and also did not direct churches as to how they should respond.

Bill Thomas pictured directing the Madisonville Community Chorus

Bill Thomas pictured directing the Madisonville Community Chorus

But it seems that all was not well even before Thomas’ column hit the streets. First Baptist member Larry Wilson said Bill Thomas had earlier been accused of “intolerable insubordination” by a staff committee and was told to submit a letter of resignation.

Wilson said he believed Bill Thomas had ruffled feathers by supporting an openly gay church member. He claimed Thomas was told bar the member from joining the choir, but Thomas declined to do so.

Wilson said he enjoyed reading Angela Thomas’ column.

There were points in it that I thought were hilarious, it was funny, thought provoking. Maybe we are Shiite Baptists.

Hat tip: BarrieJohn


11 responses to “Shiite hits the fan after pastor’s wife brands the Southern Baptist Convention ‘crazy’ and ‘paranoid’”

  1. Lurker111 says:

    “raging Shiite Baptists”

    The “i” key on her keyboard is stuck.

  2. barriejohn says:

    See, they say, how they love one another, for themselves are animated by mutual hatred; how they are ready even to die for one another, for they themselves will sooner put to death.

    Tertullian (quoting the critics of Christianity in the Second Century)

  3. Canada Dave says:

    It is so much fun to watch religious institutions far and begin to or continue to crumble under the enormous weight of mythical and superstitious …bullshit.

    It will take a great deal of time to fully disintegrate ….but it truly joy to watch.

  4. mikespeir says:

    The tide is turning. Slowly, but it is turning. Most Evangelicals aren’t stupid, just brainwashed. Little by little, though, the fog is beginning to clear. The most obstinate are going to make a lot of noise for the time being, but there will be fewer and fewer of them as time goes on.

  5. jay says:

    “Raging Shiite Baptists ” DAMN I LOVE THAT.

  6. L.Long says:

    One thing for sure that xtians get all upset about something, you can bet it is true, and they hate that. They are not use to it normally.

  7. Matt+Westwood says:

    I call bullshiite.

  8. charlie says:

    Grab the popcorn. This looks like fun.

  9. Broga says:

    Somehow the “turn the other cheek” and “forgive your enemies” gets lost when they want to put the boot in.

  10. Trevor Blake says:

    Magdy Habashi is glad that the most vile and harmful oppression of Christians, letters to the editor, is finally being addressed. Haven’t heard of Magdy Habashi? Not a worry, these fainting ladies haven’t either. Go on, give it a search and then evaluate the priorities of those mentioned above.