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Letters to and from Baptist Officials

 

SNAP representatives David Clohessy, Christa Brown and Mike Coode deliver a letter for members of the Bylaws Workgroup of the Executive Committee at Southern Baptist Convention headquarters in Nashville.

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SNAP's letter to Dr. Johnny Hunt, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, November 14, 2008

SNAP's letter to Dr. Randel Everett, executive director of Baptist General Convention of Texas, September 26, 2008 (urging him to name clergy child molesters in secret file)

SNAP's letter to Dr. Jan Daehnert, interim executive director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, March 18, 2008 (urging him to name clergy child molesters in secret file)

SNAP's letter to Dr. Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Feb. 21, 2008 (seeking apology for calling SNAP "evil-doers")

SNAP's letter to Governor Mike Huckabee, January 24, 2008 (urging him not to speak at Trinity Baptist in Jacksonville)

SNAP's letter to the Trustees of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, January 8, 2008 (urging suspension of seminary president Paige Patterson)

SNAP's letter to the Bylaws Workgroup of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention, September 17, 2007 (asking for transparency in the SBC's predator database study and asking them to seek input from experts and victims)

Top Baptist Official Rebuked on Sex Abuse, July 19, 2007 (letter from clergy to SBC president Dr. Frank Page)

Letter of Rev. Thomas Doyle, whistleblower Catholic priest, to top Baptist officials, March 30, 2007 (with links at the bottom to the response letter of SBC president Frank Page and to SNAP's press release)

SNAP's letter to U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Feb. 16, 2007 (requesting that he include remarks on clergy sex abuse when addressing the SBC Executive Committee)

SNAP's letter to Dr. Charles Stanley, pastor First Baptist Church of Atlanta and former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, February 6, 2007

SBC's brush-off response of September 29, 2006, saying "continued discourse between us will not be positive or fruitful."

SNAP's letter of September 26, 2006 to SBC president Dr. Frank Page, and to Dr. Richard Land and Dr. Morris Chapman, requesting the establishment of an independent abuse review panel and the implementation of a "zero tolerance" policy for clergy molesters in Southern Baptist churches.

SBC president Frank Page's letter of August 15, 2006, stating "I know that this has happened on multiple occasions," and that he will "see if there is some way" the SBC can assist in informing congregations about clergy molesters.

SNAP's letter of August 2, 2006 to newly elected SBC president, Dr. Frank Page, asking for dialogue to make churches safer.

Letter of April 22, 2005 to the Southern Baptist Convention, informing them that Tommy Gilmore had been located in Florida where he was still working as a minister and that the BGCT had placed Gilmore's name in its file of clergy who have been involved in sexual abuse. This letter was ignored; no response was received.

SBC letter of July 26, 2004, on behalf of SBC President Dr. Bobby Welch, stating that the SBC has no record of Tommy Gilmore being a minister in any church.

Response letter of First Baptist Church of Farmers Branch, August 9, 2004, threatening to seek recourse against the victim.

BGCT letter of August 3, 2004. Nice-sounding language, but in reality, the BGCT's "crisis guidance" appears to have been referring the church to the BGCT's long-time attorney, Stephen Wakefield, who then tried to make the problem go away by threatening to sue the victim. Looks like bald intimidation tactics.

Original letter of July 6, 2004, showing the many Southern Baptist leaders to whom CB's substantiated report of sexual abuse was sent.