Thabiti Anyabwile's rant against Southern Baptist deplorables...

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"Commonalities among the loosely-defined alt-right include a disdain for mainstream politics as well as support for Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign."

- Wikipedia

" could put half of Trump's supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic—you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up. ...some of those folks—they are irredeemable."  

- Hillary Clinton speaking at the LGBT for Hillary Gala in New York City on Sept. 9, 2016.

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The Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting melted down yesterday after a resolution submitted by Texas Pastor Dwight McKissic was not forwarded to the assembly by its resolutions committee for consideration and vote. When Pastor McKissic tried the end run of moving it from the floor, his motion failed. The Atlantic reports the content of Pastor McKissic’s resolution:

It affirmed that “there has arisen in the United States a growing menace to political order and justice that seeks to reignite social animosities, reverse improvements in race relations, divide our people, and foment hatred, classism, and ethnic cleansing.” It identified this “toxic menace” as white nationalism and the alt-right, and urged the denomination to oppose its “totalitarian impulses, xenophobic biases, and bigoted ideologies that infect the minds and actions of its violent disciples.” ...The resolution called on the denomination to denounce nationalism and “reject the retrograde ideologies, xenophobic biases, and racial bigotries of the so-called ‘alt-right’ that seek to subvert our government, destabilize society, and infect our political system.


After Pastor McKissic’s motion failed, a Gospel Coalition pastor who wasn't present for the vote began a many-tweet rant...

Playing his own trump card, Pastor Thabiti Anyabwile tweeted this against fellow Southern Baptists who refused to condemn Trump supporters:

You got that, right? It's a matter of racist violence and death.

Pastor Anyabwile went on to say this about his fellow Southern Baptists:

Pastor Anyabwile's engagement stats indicate lots of misled, well-intentioned souls showed up to "Oh-yeah-buddy" Pastors McKissic and Anyabwile. Even Danny Akin:

Not to be outdone, Ed Stetzer piled on with "evil," "hate," and "pride":

Follow Anyabwile's logic: the messengers of the Southern Baptist Convention refusing to pass a resolution condemning the alt-right that elected President Donald Trump "furthers the sin of racism even to violence and death." SBC messengers' vote was an act of "white supremacy" proving Southern Baptists are holding "a dead, Jesus denying assembly."

"No two ways about it."

He huffed and he puffed and he blew the house down.

Pastor Anyabwile's rant (he calls it a "spiel") had the predictable effect of causing weak, guilt-ridden pastors of a certain bland skin color to come down with the trembles and shakes. So today, with the assembly's floor writhing in white-man submission syndrome, messengers will be given another chance to get it right.

I say "white-man submission syndrome." Maybe you haven't seen the disease?

If not, consider yourself blessed. I've seen it up close and personal, and I can tell you that white pastors copping to the charge of racism and taking to the streets for the public performance of bloody self-flagellation rites is a horror show that should be rated NC-17. If Pastor Anyabwile enjoys it, I suppose no one should stop him.

Meanwhile, is there a safe space for one voice of reason? If so, let everyone know that all "these people" having hissy-fits about the alt-right aren't lifting a finger to end racism. Their apoplectic smears only promote it.

If they were truly concerned about social justice, they’d take up the cause of others—not themselves.

Say, for instance, the fifty-million babies their anti-alt-right buddies slaughter each and every year? Can I get an "amen, brother" for putting out there that the real racism in our country today is perpetrated by white folks who make their money slaughtering most of the black babies God gives our nation each year.

But hey, forget that racism. We're out for the blood of the basket of deplorables on the alt-right who elected a president who promised to give us pro-life justices while Hillary Clinton was promising to keep the slaughter going.

Oh well, knock yourself out Pastor Anyabwile.

But I will ask you to show a little respect for poor and uneducated white working men and their wives who voted against Hillary Clinton.

Also a little respect for our President, sir.

Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and big lots of grandchildren.

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