Right actions in the future are the best apologies for bad actions in the past. Tryon Edwards
Dee is heading out for her annual family vacation on 30A in Florida. She may be out of pocket while in transit. Deb will hold down the fort.
Tonight’s two posts should be considered the posts for Friday.
Today, Paige Patterson offered what some might term an apology. You can decide for yourself. It is obvious that the petition is getting his attention.
Today I spoke with the self identified author of the petition. Here is what I learned.
- There were around 20 people involved in writing/initiating the petition although the woman with whom I spoke was the initial writer.
- The initiators of the petition did not want to identify themselves by signing the bottom of the letter. All of them signed the actual petition. On this point we disagreed. I believe that authors of the document should have identified themselves. Without knowing who the authors are, we don’t fully understand the intent of the document. Without understanding the intent, how do we fully know what we are signing? We cannot trust anonymous people. Ofter we cannot trust those whose names we know.
- The author says that there were both Calvinist and non-Calvinist initiators of the petition.
- They used the 16 year old teen example because that was something they could prove. So they had to ignore the other concerns such as the woman with the black eyes and the 25 women who were abused by Darrell Gilyard and who were ignored by Patterson.
- The authors did not realize there was a woman on the SWBTS Board of Trustees and so referred to the Trustees as *brothers.*
- Some of the writers signed their names when this letter was sent to the SWBTS Board of Trustees.
- I explained that I become frustrated by those who accuse others of being *conspiracy theorists* when we ask why they won’t sign their names. Anonymity can breed confusion and mistrust.
- I mentioned that I felt that emphasizing *complementarian women who agreed with the Baptist Faith and Message 2000* was carrying things a bit too far, given the many concerns being expressed about how complementarianism is being portrayed. I believe the recent *male version* petition was wise to remove that term. She says that the Trustees would have complained that it was liberal women writing the letter if they didn’t. Sometimes we should not have to go out of our way to overly coddle adults.
- I reiterated that my concerns do not stem from any support of Patterson given that we called for his resignation in 2009!
I will respect the anonymity of the writer by not sharing her name. I appreciate her willingness to dialogue with me. She also kindly prayed for me over the phone.