Southern Baptist Head Quits In Sex Abuse Inquiry Fight

The Tennessean reports:

Ronnie Floyd, the highest-ranking official of the Southern Baptist Convention executive committee announced his resignation Thursday evening, following weeks of contentious committee meetings about a sexual abuse inquiry.

“Due to my personal integrity and the leadership responsibility entrusted to me, I will not and cannot any longer fulfill the duties placed upon me as the leader of the executive, fiscal, and fiduciary entity of the SBC,” Floyd wrote in a letter sent to the executive committee members Thursday night.

The executive committee, which handles convention business when the full SBC isn’t in session during its two-day annual meeting, met in recent weeks to vote on waiving attorney-client privilege for an investigation into the committee’s handling of sexual abuse claims.

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In 2015, Floyd called for civil disobedience against the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage, declaring that God will punish Christians who accept the decision. Later that year he suggested that Josh Duggar cheated on his wife because she didn’t put out often enough.