NAMB and Willy Rice lied to the Supreme Court of the United States

And Willy Rice never said a word to refute the lie. Will he now?

Willy Rice wants to be President of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). If he expects Southern Baptists to entrust him with that responsibility, he should be willing to answer some questions about how the organization he oversees—the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention—lied to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Does Willy Rice think a state convention is a Southern Baptist entity?

Does Willy Rice believe Tommy Green works for a Southern Baptist entity?

Does Willy Rice believe any state Baptist convention is an entity of the SBC?

If not, does he stand by the NAMB submission to the US Supreme Court as a NAMB trustee? Because NAMB through its attorney’s claimed just such a falsehood.

According to a NAMB filing seeking cert, the organization claimed, “Reverend McRaney attempts to avoid certiorari by emphasizing that, though he was employed by one Southern Baptist entity, he was never employed by the particular Southern Baptist entity that he sued, namely the SBC Mission Board.”

State Conventions are not SBC entities. According to the SBC website here are the entities: the SBC Executive Committee, the ERLC, Guidestone Financial Resources, the International mission Board, Lifeway Christian Resources, The North American Mission Board, Gateway Seminary, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. The Women’s Missionary Union (WMU) is an auxiliary of the SBC.

Did you see a state convention in that list?


Of course not. The SBC makes clear it does not control or otherwise oversee other Baptist bodies.

So, NAMB lied to the Supreme Court of the United States. Who is responsible for that?

Kevin Ezell is responsible. He is the head of NAMB.

Kevin Ezell’s trustees are responsible as they are the parties handed the fiduciary responsibility of overseeing NAMB on behalf of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Who is Vice Chair of the NAMB trustees?

Willy Rice.

And Willy Rice has not repudiated this NAMB lie.

Why not?

Will he do the right thing now and apologize to the SBC and apologize to Will McRaney for allowing NAMB’s lies to financially harm McRaney?

The legal maxim of old is Qui tacet consentit (Silence implies consent.)

That means unless Willy Rice publicly and clearly refutes the lie of the North American Mission Board (that he oversees), then he must agree with them—especially, when those lies were told on behalf of and under the authority of the NAMB trustees, of which he is now Vice Chair.

If Willy Rice refuses to answer, he has no business serving the SBC in any office. If Rice refuses to answer, he should resign as a NAMB trustee.

Willy Rice has been silent too long. At least now he can do the right thing.

Will he?

Or, will Willy Rice continue through silence to harm the SBC?