Goofy-looking bigot Randel Everett steps down from Baptist General Convention of Texas

Randel Everett

Randel Everett, who oversaw the Baptist General Convention of Texas during a period when two churches were forced to leave because of their acceptance of gays, is stepping down as executive director. The Dallas Morning News reports that Everett will become pastor at First Baptist Church in Midland, which frankly sounds like a better fit for him than Dallas. The story talks about how Everett had to “grapple with the recession and with the general decline of denominations. Under him, the BGCT continued to trim staff and cut its budget due to decline in giving from affiliate churches.”

Well, it seems kinda hard to complain about this stuff when you’re actively driving churches out of the convention because of your homophobia. Broadway Baptist Church in Fort Worth left the convention voluntarily in September, and Royal Lane Baptist Church was kicked out in May.

When Royal Lane was kicked out, Everett called the decision “painful.” Everett said BGCT churches should “welcome homosexuals,” but Royal Lane’s decision to allow “practicing homosexuals” as deacons meant that it was going against the group’s view that homosexuality is sinful.

If the convention were smart and wanted to stop the bleeding, they’d find someone to replace Everett who’s a little more open-minded. Trouble is, these folks don’t appear to be very smart.

—  John Wright

Royal Lane Baptist Church stops giving money to anti-gay bigots

It’s pretty rare that we praise Baptists on this blog, but you gotta absolutely love the gay-affirming folks over at Royal Lane Baptist Church.

The Baptist General Convention of Texas yesterday voted 63-4 to break ties with the 500-member church, according to The Dallas Morning News, after the church refused to waver from its acceptance of gays and lesbians, including as deacons. The vote by Texas’ largest Baptist group means it will no longer accept funds from the gay-affirming church. Big deal, right?

Well, it turns out there are also some more serious consequences for the church’s decision to stand up to the bigots at BGCT. One Royal Lane member will have to leave the BGCT board, and two other members who are BGCT employees will either have to give up their jobs or switch churches. One has apparently decided to tell BGCT to take the job and shove it.

Randel Everett, chief homophobe at BGCT, called the decision “painful.” Everett said BGCT churches should “welcome homosexuals,” but Royal Lane’s decision to allow “practicing homosexuals” as deacons meant that it was going against the group’s view that homosexuality is sinful. (The church apparently opted not to use the defense that the deacons are no longer practicing, but have perfected their homosexuality).

Anyhow, during yesterday’s meeting, the Royal Lane member who is a BGCT board member, Doug Washington, spoke up in defense of the church and its “practicing homosexuals.”

“To say something is wrong with them is to say God made a mistake,” Washington said.

Washington added that the church won’t be bullied by the BGCT.

“I think we’re stronger than ever,” he said.

Hallelujah!

—  John Wright