Friday, September 21, 2007

Al Mohler the Cry Baby?

Chalk this one up in the category of strange but sweet. Al Mohler is whining that he and the other Southern Baptist Seminary presidents are being criticized by fellow Southern Baptists.

Here's the quote, as lifted from a September 19 story in Baptist Press:

R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, speaking on behalf of the presidents of the SBC's various entities, noted to the Executive Committee that "there is an unprecedented level of attack upon some of our own leaders ... in the form of innuendo and smear and caricature and character assassination." Mohler also noted, "Two of our own have suffered in particular along these lines," referencing Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and his wife Dorothy.

Mohler stated that the SBC entity presidents have committed "that we will not ourselves tolerate personal attacks upon one of our colleagues," and Jerry Rankin, president of the International Mission Board, then led in a time of prayer for the Pattersons.


Mohler's fundamentalist comrades, especially Paige Patterson, spent two decades plus (1970s through the 1990s) slandering, smearing, employing character assassination, and telling outright and repeated lies about the former - non-fundamentalist - presidents of SBC seminaries, in a power play to gain control of the seminaries. Now that they have gained undisputed control of the reins of the seminaries, they are whining that some of their fellow conservative Southern Baptists (read: young SBC bloggers) are criticizing them ... and they are not going to take it!

Shakespeare, anyone?

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

SFox here:

Whiners are everywhere, even some coddled on the board at bl.com.
Even so, Bruce, I continue to think the story on Mohler is in the Carey Newman and David Gushee remarks in Barry Hankins Uneasy in Babylon.
Now that Gushee is at Mercer, I am hoping you and Buddy Shurden can encourage him to share his thoughts on Mohler and the SBC blogger reservations; as well as his take on Timothy George and the Abortion pamphlet of the ERLC.
That is a core matter to pursue, seems to me. I have said it before and hope not ad nauseam.
Good Post; and thanks in the other venue for bringing Rob Marus great article from the Arkansas paper to our attention.
I referenced Marus in a blog of my own on the Jena 6
www.foxofbama.blogspot.com

foxofbama said...

Bruce:
Have you seen the brouhaha at the Newsweek forum on religion.
130 comments and counting on Balmer and Hitchens; and even more on Hitchens on all of us.
I think the review of Hitchens book in Christian Century is pretty good.
Lot of expanse out there between Mohler and Hitchens