Where are All the Southern Baptist Men Calling for Paige Patterson’s Resignation?


On May 6, 2018, Southern Baptist women published an open letter calling for the firing of Paige Patterson for a host of remarks he has made about women and abuse.  As I type this, the letter has 3032 signatures and counting.

Three days later, Southern Baptist men published an open letter calling for the firing of Paige Patterson.  As of today, that open letter has a mere 232 signatures and the number of signatures is growing at a very slow rate as opposed to the women’s letter.

Why is this the case?  Thoughts?

Which big-name Southern Baptist male leader is going to step-up to the plate first?

4 thoughts on “Where are All the Southern Baptist Men Calling for Paige Patterson’s Resignation?

  1. Those that would have signed it left the SB Church over the past twenty years thanks to the Patterson-led fundamentalist purge.


  2. There are some 15 million folks in the SBC, or were the last time I saw any numbers. That means probably around 7 million of them are women. Some 3000 of 7,000,000, or 0.04% of female SBC membership – a very rough approximation – has signed onto this at present. A trivial amount of men at present have signed onto it.

    Why don’t more sign on, whether male or female? I am a male SBC member with a wife and two daughters. I can offer a few general reasons as to why I think there are not more signers.

    1) Because it’s viewed as useless. When has an open letter ever changed anything? They are a dime a dozen.
    2) Because probably an overwhelming majority of SBC folks are most likely unaware of the story because they are not political junkies, don’t subscribe to the Washington Post (why would you? – sorry, just a bit of sarcasm) and the story probably isn’t all that prominent on their news feeds; I browse any number of news sites and I’m not sure I would even know about all the fuss if it weren’t for your blog posts bringing attention to it.
    3) Because most SBC folks probably don’t trust the news agencies reporting this information to be giving an accurate account or an unbiased account. For instance, you write about Patterson’s “host of remarks”. This implies some ongoing multitude. To date I have seen two – the story of the woman praying for her husband at their bedside (and I have heard personally told by him when at a church function some 15-20 years ago) and one about the teenage girl (which would have made me squirm).
    4) Because many probably take the view that the folks wondering about why more don’t sign it really don’t give a – whatever – about what goes in the SBC, don’t really care about Patterson’s remarks. It’s just viewed as someone having another chance to demean what they already disdain.

    I won’t be signing it. Why? For some of the reasons above, but I refuse to let “fake outrage” on the internet guide any decisions I make – and pretty much any “outrage” on the internet is fake. Here today. Gone tomorrow. It’s about as useful as Michelle Obama’s twitter hastag to get captive girls on the other side of the world freed.

    Have you referenced Dwight McKissic’s comments on this issue?

    Two more additional thoughts. In the Bible, God states that he hates divorce. Jesus said that God allowed for the Israelites to divorce because of the hardness of their hearts toward Him.

    Patterson is demeaned for saying to avoid divorce, so he is being blasted for advocating for Christians to avoid what God hates. To my knowledge, Patterson has never advocated that women stay with men who are beating him.

    So there are some reasons why. Take ’em for all they are worth. 🙂


  3. The SBC men are consistent. It’s old news to them. They weren’t bothered when the comment was made, & they aren’t now. They don’t want to act in a way that would imply that they “align with” the Me Too movement.


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