J.D. Greear & SBC Elites refused to listen to black legal scholar and other conservative women who wanted to speak at the SBC’s Annual Meeting.
Dr. Carol Swain, a leading legal scholar and former Vanderbilt professor, was not allowed to speak at the Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville because of a parliamentary trick.
“I never got to speak,” Dr. Swain told The Tennessee Star Report talk show. “I was there to try to explain to people how dangerous Critical Race Theory is and how it manifests itself and how it is destroying churches. I never got to speak during the time of the business meeting. And they used parliamentarian rules to control what it’s about, I guess, at meetings.
What should alarm conservative Christians and Southern Baptists is that this trick was used to silence People of Color. Also, no one from the Conservative Baptist Network was allowed to speak despite promoting the Resolution against Critical Race Theory.
“No minority got to speak on that issue. One White man spoke against that resolution and pointed out that it was discrimination. And he got blasted by someone from the stage by the chair of the resolutions committee,” Dr. Swain said. “And so, I was standing there. I’ve been there for a while, and no one on our side got to speak. No one from the Conservative Baptist Network was there to address the issue put forth by the resolution. We were not allowed to speak. And so, I was very disheartened. My immediate reaction was that I was ready to go home.”
Dr. Swain was not the only woman silenced at the SBC’s Annual Meeting. And not the only one to explain how the SBC Elites use the control of the gavel and the platform to silence conservatives.
Sandy McRaney attempted to speak on the last day of the convention on a Point of Privilege that would bring to the Southern Baptist Convention’s attention the imminent danger to its reputation from a Supreme Court case headed to review scheduled June 17.
“I decided to raise a point of personal privilege. It was my idea,” Sandy McRaney said. “Just to speak for about 2 minutes about what was going to be happening at the Supreme Court because of the urgency of it for all Southern Baptists…it is an urgent matter. It is a timely matter…there is a chance we could lose our autonomy and be exposed to ascending and descending legal liability.”
At the heart of Sandy McRaney’s point of privilege is that the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and the North American Mission Board (NAMB) both lied in court filings about the organizational structure of the Southern Baptist Convention. In fact, both have lied in such a manner that it could open every Southern Baptist church and the state conventions to legal liability.
She stood at a microphone for about 90 minutes and SBC President J.D. Greear and his team of parliamentarians refused to recognize her for the point of privilege.
And Sandy McRaney tells a horrifying story of how she was treated by certain SBC parliamentarians. (For the record, not the head parliamentarian who is on stage, but the assistants.)
“First, they told me there was no such thing as a Point of Privilege. Then, I was told this did not qualify. I told them this was about the reputation of the Southern Baptist Convention. I told the parliamentarians this would go to the Supreme Court tomorrow. Then, one of the parliamentarians replied, ‘Well, tomorrow is not today.’”
Talk about a rude and dismissive comment–that qualifies.
The matter was then escalated to the attention of SBC President J.D. Greear.
“So, they conferenced on stage with J.D. Greear, and he denied to hear my point of personal privilege,” Sandy McRaney said.
You can hear more of Sandy McRaney’s first-hand account here.