Monday, February 08, 2010

Racism in Alive and Well in the SBC

Rick Scarborough, former fundamentalist candidate for President of the Baptist General Convention of Texas and key leader in the breakaway Southern Baptists of Texas, demonstrated how close racism is to the surface within the ranks of the fundamentalist Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. While appearing as one of the key speakers at the recent Tea Party Convention in Nashville, the Times Online quotes Scarborough as saying, "If this country becomes 30 per cent Hispanic we will no longer be America."

Scarborough has become a rising star in the pantheon of right-wing religio-political organizing. Initially he was one of the key organizers of young pastors for the fundamentalist takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention. Denominational politics, however, was just a stepping stone to secular politics for him.

As pastor of the First Baptist Church in Pearland, Texas, Scarborough organized his church to takeover city government. He once took credit on the front page of Jerry Falwell's Liberty Journal for getting former Republican U.S. Representative Steve Stockman elected to Congress. Scarborough's church was investigated by the I.R.S. for that boast. Those exploits and more have been chronicled in a recently released novel written by Anselm Davis entitled "An American Theocracy."

The U.S Representative that Scarborough took credit for electing was a one-term Congressman who had strong ties to militia movements and reportedly received advance notice by fax that the federal building in Oklahoma would be bombed.

Most recently Scarborough has been preaching thinly disguised get-out-the-vote-for-republicans "revivals" complete with altar calls to get Christians committed to political action.

Scarborough's white-supremecist vision for America is so racist and extreme that Southern Baptist leaders ought to be falling all over themselves to call him out about it. I'll make note of any that do, but I won't hold my breath while I'm waiting to find one.

2 comments:

John King said...

While the comments regarding Hispanics are indeed sad, what is even more sad is the fact that there appears to be people who listen and respond to such messages.

It seems that the message of Christ in the SBC is still being held captive by the cultural heritage of the old South.

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