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Is the SBC ‘Sinking Its Own Ship’? — Christian Twitter Stunned After Exec Committee Meeting

One of the most shocking moments from the ensuing debate about Wellman’s motion occurred when one of the members defending it quoted attorney and survivor advocate Rachael Denhollander, asking, “How much is a little girl worth?” This phrase is the title of a children’s book by Denhollander and also alludes to her book, “What Is a Girl Worth?: My Story of Breaking the Silence and Exposing the Truth about Larry Nassar and USA Gymnastics.”

At least one EC member scoffed in response to this question and exclaimed, “emotional blackmail.” 

“The SBC is sinking its own ship right in front of us,” said writer and theologian Marc Alan Schelske. Pastor Dwight McKissic voiced a similar thought: “We may be watching the dismantling of the SBC.”

Another EC member argued that waiving attorney-client privilege would not benefit survivors because if the SBC’s insurance were voided, survivors could not be financially compensated. Denhollander responded to this argument at length in a Twitter thread in which she stated that survivors would rather have justice than money. This is a point that another EC member made later in the meeting.

Wellman’s motion was eventually defeated by a vote of 39 to 35. While the result was not surprising to many, the margin was notably much narrower than it had been when members rejected Wellman’s previous motion last week. 

SBC Executive Committee: ‘We Are All in This Together’

The SBC EC posted a statement Tuesday night about the day’s events: 

We ask all Southern Baptists to join us in praying that seven days from now we will finally have a Task Force and Executive Committee Board of Trustees united not only in its commitment to address concerns related to sexual abuse (through the independent review) but also confident in a process that complies with the will of the messengers and is attentive to all other fiduciary and legal considerations. We pray Southern Baptists will see this grueling and deliberative process as necessary, and in accordance with the Convention’s bylaws, as the Board of Trustees, Task Force, and Executive Committee leadership all work diligently, prayerfully and as expeditiously as possible to do the right thing in the right way. We are all in this together.

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