Rick Patrick, an Alabama pastor, publisher of SBC Today and executive director of the Connect 316 ministry, has apologized for a Facebook post mocking prominent evangelical supporters of women as the #MeToo movement rises in churches.
Patrick’s post came as prominent Southern Baptist leader Paige Patterson stepped down as president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary on Tuesday amid his controversial remarks about domestic violence and divorce. The Washington Post also reported fresh allegations Tuesday that Patterson encouraged a woman who said she had been raped not to report it to the police and told her to forgive her alleged assailant.
In his controversial tweet which is now being heavily circulated online, Patrick appears to take aim at evangelicals who have been vocal supporters of women in light of the Patterson controversy, including ERLC President Russell Moore; Wade Burleson, lead pastor at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Enid, Oklahoma, and Ed Stetzer, who is Billy Graham Distinguished Chair at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois.
“This all reminds me of the time I saw a donkey being gang raped by Wade Burleson, Ben Cole, Russell Moore, Ed Stetzer, and Jonathan Merritt. As the only person who witnessed the act, I knew I should have reported it at the time, but I was afraid. That poor animal! No donkey should have to suffer like that. Sadly, it’s too late for Hee Haw. But after all these years, I cannot keep quiet any longer,” Patrick tweeted with the picture of a donkey.
Responding to the tweet Tuesday, Burleson, Moore and sexual assault survivors quickly reacted.
“That is sick. I want to puke. Rick Patrick, may God forgive you. One of these days maybe you’ll have the good fortune of meeting a woman who has actually been raped – or even worse,” Burleson responded on a Twitter thread.
“Some of the strongest women I’ve ever met are those who’ve overcome awful violations of their body by discovering God gives to them an identity that rises above men who profane, denigrate, and abuse them. Wow. I’m speechless,” he added.
“Wade is correct,” added Moore. “This is unconscionable.”
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Source: Christian Post