Body Shaming in the Pulpit — Paige Patterson’s at It Again

September 19, 2018

Paige Patterson, the disgraced former leader of the Southern Baptist Convention, thought he’d head back into the pulpit.  It went about like you’d expect.  Misogynist comments and body shaming women got laughs from his audience, again showing how toxic and dangerous his brand of Christianity is for anyone who is not a cis male person. Jonathan Merritt wrote about it for The Washington Post.

“Patterson returned to the pulpit this week to offer a pair of sermons at a revival in Pisgah, Ala. But rather than offer a statement of humble contrition, the 75-year-old Southern Baptist leader body-shamed an unnamed woman and decried women who falsely accuse men of sexual misconduct.”

Readers of Christian Feminism Today will find Patterson’s words appalling, but not surprising.

We’ve still got a long way to go.


Related: Melanie Springer Mock reviews Fat and Faithful: Learning to Love Our Bodies, Our Neighbors, and Ourselves a great new body-positive book by J. Nicole Morgan.


posted by Lē Weaver

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