Tell Seminary trusteesFire evangelical leader for enabling racism and attacking the Episcopal Church

Posted: June 8, 2020

Countless Christian leaders have been marching for Black lives and condemning President Trump's violent Christian nationalism -- but not Dr. Albert Mohler, the president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

In a podcast, Mohler used Trump's blasphemous Bible photo-op at St. John's Episcopal Church as an excuse to ignore Black lives, pivoting to bizarrely and offensively argue that the Episcopal Church's use of Scripture (presumably in its embrace of LGBTQ rights) "adds to the pain and the consternation" of the moment.

Not once between the May 25 death of George Floyd and the June 7 launch of this petition has Mohler, likely the next president of the Southern Baptist Convention, used his daily podcast to condemn white supremacy or police violence. Instead, he has often focused on condemning protesters, never even mentioning the word "racism" except to disagree with a progressive Black writer.

All of this comes just two weeks after reports that Mohler defended slavery as recently as a 1998 CNN interview. It's enough to make you wonder: Does Mohler feel like Black lives don't matter?

If enough Christians speak out now, it could create enough controversy around Mohler to prevent him from becoming the next leader of America's largest Protestant denomination -- an embarrassment that Christianity does not need.

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