Southern Baptists Approve Plan for Sex-Offender Database

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) - The Southern Baptist Convention has voted to ask its executive committee to study the feasibility of creating a database of pastors who have committed sexual misconduct. The overwhelming vote came without debate yesterday in San Antonio.

The committee is required to report back to next year's convention. The database would include names of those accused of, personally confessed to, or legally convicted of sexual harassment or abuse.

Earlier this year, the Web site EthicsDaily.com listed two registered sex offenders as living on campus at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. Seminary spokesman Lawrence Smith said that because of rules on student confidentiality, he couldn't confirm the students were registered sex offenders. He said one of the two graduated in May with a master of arts in Christian counseling. The other man is not currently registered as a student.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Anonymous Location: KY on Jun 14, 2007 at 07:12 AM
    Lets see alot are here to accuse on sex offenders! YES they done wrong some are teenagers some are adults some are with girls that are 15 and 16 and agree to have sex while the boy or after they are 18 are a man. Then break up and their goes the charges of rape or abuse. Thats 10 years to life time on the sex offenders listing! So better watch out as to judge cause it could be your child or family on the listing in years to come!
  • by Venerable Location: Lexington on Jun 13, 2007 at 07:07 PM
    Finally I can sleep tonight.
  • by fh Location: Paris on Jun 13, 2007 at 12:44 PM
    I think it is time, actually way past time, for our lawmakers make major changes. Anyone who is a registered sex offender should NEVER be let out of jail to harm or kill again. When does common sense kick in with our lawmakers to protect our children!
  • by ashley Location: hazard on Jun 13, 2007 at 12:18 PM
    what i think we should do to sex affenders is lock them i jail till they learn its wrong its practically like rape

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