SBC leaders back Texas bill allowing churches to disclose sexual misconduct allegations

By The Christian Post

Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear, lead pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, speaking at the Exponential Conference in Orlando, Florida on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. | Twitter/Alisa Bentley

Newly proposed legislation in Texas would allow churches and nonprofit organizations to disclose allegations of sexual misconduct without being sued.

The bill comes amid fallout from extensive investigative reporting in the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News about hundreds of cases of sexual abuse where both leaders and volunteers in Southern Baptist churches have been charged with sex crimes. Their investigations explained how, in dozens of instances, churches failed to disclose concerns about former staff members who were abusers and who sought employment at other churches, and would go on to abuse more victims.

The measure, HB 4345, was introduced by Texas House Rep. Scott Sanford, R-McKinney, who's also a Southern Baptist minister, and is the latest among similar proposals around the country now being considered in light of the #MeToo movement and other religious sexual abuse scandals, the Houston Chronicle reported Thursday. 

Source:The Christian Post