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Sun May 6, 2018, 07:39 PM

Southern Baptist women ask for seminary president Paige Patterson to be fired for remarks [View all]

Women members of Southern Baptist churches are asking the board of trustees of the Southern Baptist Convention to remove Paige Patterson as president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary over his comments and teaching about women.

Nearly 200 women, including at least a dozen from North Carolina, so far have signed a letter posted online over the weekend citing a video that has surfaced from a 2014 speech in which Patterson talks about a 16-year-old girl as being “fine,” and quotes a teenager as saying she is “built.” They letter also mentions Patterson’s refusal last week to repudiate comments from a recording made 18 years ago in which he said he would counsel most women in abusive marriages to stay in the marriages and pray for their husbands.

The recording has made the rounds several times over the years, but in the era of the #MeToo movement it is being judged in a different light. In it, Patterson said he often was asked how women should handle spousal abuse. He said he had never counseled anyone to seek a divorce and that he considered that always to be “wrong counsel.” He said that “all abuse is serious,” but that in cases where the abuse “was serious enough, dangerous enough, immoral enough,” would he counsel a couple to temporarily separate and seek help.

Patterson, 75, is a professor of theology and has been president at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, since 2003, when he was elected by the Convention’s board of trustees. Before that, he served about a decade as leader of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article210597659.html

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