Jeri Massi, author of "The Big Book of Bad Baptist Preachers," & "Schizophrenic Christianity," joins Richard to discuss the epidemic of fundamental, independent Baptist preachers who physically & sexually rape children. Her encylopedic book chronicles predator preachers, and examines the cultlike mindset of fundamentalism that encourages the cover up. Since 2001, Massi has attacked the response of fundamentalist churches in cases of molestation committed by members of the clergy in which the leadership (and sometimes the entire congregation) enforced silence on the victims. Massi argues that rigid adherence to the teachings of Jack Hyles and the King James Only movement are typical characteristics of such churches.
After compiling a list of abusive clergy who have never been subject to church censure or discipline, Massi alleged that the church government system of Baptist Fundamentalism permits its clergy to abuse children by granting them positional immunity. She has asserted that fundamentalists have refused to expel abusive pastors, including those convicted of sex offenses. In 2007, Massi founded the Conference of the Lambs, a two-day conference designed to assist adults who had been molested as children in Fundamentalist churches. Massi is also the author of the novel Valkyries: Some Through the Fire (2003) which was nominated for a Christy Award. Jeri is on Twitter @jeriwho
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