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Lawsuits in Arkansas, Virginia, test SBC's local-church-autonomy defense for sexual abuse

from Baptist News Global

Lawsuits in two states challenge the Southern Baptist Convention's long-claimed defense that the denomination cannot be held liable for sexual abuse in churches because congregations hire their own pastors. SBC leaders have for decades claimed that since pastors are not employees of the convention, the national body cannot step in when wrongdoing is alleged in a cooperating church. "The law does not hold persons liable for things they had nothing to do with," attorney James Guenther, the SBC's legal counsel for half a century, told the Nashville Scene in 2008. more


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