Southern Baptist leader Paige Patterson is under fire after lusting after an underage girl and then suggesting that such behavior is “biblical.”
In yet another example of the depraved misogyny and immorality at the heart of conservative Christianity, Paige Patterson, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, and current president of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, argues that it is “biblical” for adult men to lust after underage girls.
In a recently uncovered sermon Paige is caught joking about lusting after a “very attractive young co-ed” who he noted “wasn’t more than about 16.” Commenting on the underage girl, Patterson tells his large congregation:
Mmmmmm… Let me just say, she was nice.
In the sermon, the Southern Baptist leader went on to suggest that lusting after the teen was “just being biblical.”
In addition, in another recently released interview, the prominent Southern Baptist leader explains that women should never seek a divorce, not even if they’re being beaten and abused by their husband.
In the interview, Patterson tells women being abused by their husbands that divorce is not an option, and that they should “stay and pray,” because “the Bible makes clear the way in which God views divorce.”
In response to the recently uncovered remarks, many Southern Baptist women are standing up and rejecting the misogyny.
The Washington Post reports:
More than 1,000 Southern Baptist women have signed an open letter to the trustees of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary that says they are “grieved by the dangerous and unwise counsel” that the group’s president, Paige Patterson, has given by telling abused women not to divorce, and are shocked by his comments that “objectify a teenage girl.”“These comments are damaging, sinful, and necessitate a decisive response,” the women wrote in a letter published Sunday afternoon.
The following is an excerpt from that open letter:
We are shocked by the video that has surfaced showing Dr. Paige Patterson objectify a teenage girl and then suggest this as behavior that is biblical. We are further grieved by the dangerous and unwise counsel given by Dr. Patterson to women in abusive situations. His recent remarks of clarification do not repudiate his unwise counsel in the past; nor has he offered explanation or repentance for inappropriate comments regarding a teenage girl, the unbiblical teaching he offered on the biblical meaning of womanhood in that objectification, and the inappropriate nature of his own observations of her body.
We cannot defend or support Dr. Patterson’s past remarks. No one should.
The women are right to call for Patterson’s expulsion, but they are deluded if they believe that Patterson’s open sexism and misogyny is unique. In fact, Patterson’s open sexism and misogyny is not a bug, it’s a feature of conservative Christianity in general, and the Southern Baptist Convention in particular.
Bottom line: A lecherous old man lusts after an undeage girl and justifies his immoral behavior by claiming it’s “biblical.”
In other words, business as usual for conservative Christians.