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Shiite Baptists: Pastors Wife Lampoons Church’s Gay Policy

Shiite Baptists: Newspaper Column Ripping Southern Baptists Causes Stir

Angela Thomas has created a furor in Madisonville, Kentucky by describing the local church leaders as “Shiite Baptists, “which is unfortunate, since her husband, Bill Thomas, has been an assistant pastor at the First Baptist Church there for the past ten years.

She wrote in her newspaper column for The Madisonville Messsenger that Southern Baptists were “the crazy old paranoid uncle of evangelical Christians.”

She was referring to the opposition of the Southern Baptist Convention to the decision of the Boy Scouts of America to welcome gay members.

She went on: “Sexuality doesn’t come up and isn’t relative to typical scouting activities but now, thanks to Southern Baptists, the parents of little innocent scouts everywhere are having to have The Talk.”

The fallout, following her article, is hotly disputed. The local Pastor, Joe Leonard, claimed that Bill Thomas had quit, but Thomas denies this. Thomas also stated that that he fully agreed with his wife’s sentiments.

But, it is possible to understand why the church leaders are so upset, since Angela Thomas did not mince words. She accused the Southern Baptists of becoming “raging Shiite Baptists” and moving “to the right” for the past forty years.

And, she added: “Santa and the Easter bunny are simply the devil in disguise and cable television and the Internet are his playground. The Boy Scouts are his evil minions.”

The Rev. Russell Moore, PR head of the Southern Baptist Convention, condemned the “sarcastic tone” of the article: “I didn’t find the column to be the sort of lighthearted poking that one would typically find in satire……(I) found it instead to be more of a screed from someone who’s very hostile to where most Baptists stand.”

He claimed that the column’s allegations had distorted the church’s policy. He said the Convention’s decision “was a very balanced resolution that didn’t denounce the Boy Scouts.” He added: “We expressed disappointment, but didn’t speak in harsh terms and also did not direct churches as to how they should respond.”

However, this seems to contradict the fact that the Baptist Convention opposes gay marriage, and thinks homosexuality is a sin.

Congregation member, Larry Wilson, thinks there is more to Bill Thomas’s resignation – or firing – than the issue of his wife’s column. He believes that Thomas upset the church leaders when he supported the inclusion of an openly gay member in the church choir.

Wilson said he liked Angela Thomas’ column. “There were points in it that I thought were hilarious, it was funny, thought provoking.”

He added, “Maybe we are Shiite Baptists.”

What do you think about the Southern Baptists view of gay scouts? Or gay parishioners? Share your thoughts in the comments feed below.

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21 Responses to “Shiite Baptists: Pastors Wife Lampoons Church’s Gay Policy”

  1. Teresa Truitt

    Having been raised till 7 as a Roman Catholic, then being absorbed into my mother's family's church, a Southern Baptist church in a large Southern city, I understand about the Southern Baptist Convention's inexorable derailment of what /was/ a very loving Christian attitude towards others. I never allowed myself to be baptized yet sang in the choir till I left church far behind. My mother, who died a few years ago at too young an age, never came out to her church community. One of them, on hearing of her marriage to a woman, traveled about 800 miles just to ream her out about not being "right with God and the Southern Baptist Convention." This was after many Baptist churches broke off from the SBC, a group that now only includes a small number of the churches it once corralled under its hand. Most people that grew up knowing their church as a warm and welcoming community became downright disgusted with the SBC's policies & seeming desire to return to good ol' evil Calvinism, so they took their church bodies and seceded. Yep, civil war. Point is: the SBC is full of crap nowadays. Sorry, I calls 'em as I sees 'em.

  2. Lori K-lein

    They shouldn'y THINK homosexuality is a SIN, They should KNOW it is a sin! For IT IS WRITTEN in the scriptures by GOD.

    STOP watering down the Gospel!

  3. Lori K-lein

    People 4 get that God is ALSO a JUST GOD and WILL punish SIN………..LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE…Yes He is LOVE and TRuth and Very JUST!

  4. Chris Malone

    God doesn't care if you are gay, straight, bisexual, tri-sexual, transgender, white, black, brown, blue, yellow, green, or pink! All are equal in the eyes of God.

  5. Richard Hillman

    Chris Malone how about you put red koolaid on your lips and go suck off a fairy, fag boy

  6. Tony Rosales

    God also said that you shouldnt eat pork or selffish for it was an abomination too. What did you eat on the 4th of July?

  7. Alex Winston

    Richard Hillman ….It is against the rules to use hate language on Facebook. When I am done here I will be reporting you. They will suspend or delete your account for such actions. If it is your first time then they will probably block you from sharing for 12 hours. Facebook supports full equal rights so why do you have an account? The invention of the computer was largely thanks to a gay man. So why do you own one?

  8. Alex Winston

    Lori…You don't understand your own Bible. You should actually do some research in to the content and history of your own holy book.

  9. James Peron

    What does God's handwriting look like? And why does the "word of God" claim that men wrote the books? It is a book written by men.

  10. Cris Kimbrough

    Lori and Judy. Please stop embarrassing yourselves and pretending to represent God's words. Nowhere in scripture can you find your phrases: homosexuality is a sin OR homosexuality is an abomination. These are catch phrases used by ignorant people who pretend to know scripture but never crack a book to be sure that what they're saying is accurate to the original language or culture. The Levitical Law, written to priests in the book of Leviticus, was specifically a way of trying to train the priests, not to follow the cultic practices of religion that they had left in Egypt and would encounter in the new promised land as known amongst the Canaanites. The scriptures warn the men not to have sex with priests and priestesses as was commonly practiced as a way of getting favor with gods or goddesses. Paul, in the New Testament, makes the same reference and includes women. If you pay attention to the context of the chapters that are so often used to condemn homosexuals, they all include the same condemnation of these religious practices that God hated.

    Alex, one fell swoop reference to the Old Testament to say that God doesn't or isn't love misses some incredible stories and references that show his heart and desire for his people to live long, prosperous lives, including the numerous times that we read that God is loving, kind, patient, longsuffering, good to all and loving toward all He has made.

    I encourage all readers to take the time and open-minded focus to study the Bible before speaking about the scriptures.

  11. Dixson Thomas

    Please explain this to me
    Leviticus 18

    22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. Lev. 20.13

    23 Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion.

    24 ¶ Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you:


    Romans 1

    24 ¶ Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves:

    25 who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

    26 ¶ For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

    27 and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.

  12. Cris Kimbrough

    Dixson, Read the entire chapter of Leviticus 18 and Romans 1, as well as Romans 2. What is being written here is a direct word of warning against God's people taking on the religious activities of the cultic religions. The practice was for men and women to have sex with others of the same sex or opposite sex as well as some animals to "deposit their seed" as a way of pleasing their gods in order to receive favor. This is an abomination to God. There are those who are "eunuchs, devoted to God, who are born this way." See Jesus' words in Matthew 19:12. Whatever you believe, these verses should not be used to condemn homosexuals. It's an inaccurate way to use these scriptures.

  13. Derek McIntyre

    Confess your sin of hate to the Lord and REPENT!

  14. Derek McIntyre

    Judy, DO NOT CRUCIFY the Lord Jesus Christ with your HATE like 4 HUGE 9 INCH SPIKES THROUGH THE HANDS AND FEET! REPENT your Hate NOW!

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