ABC News’ 20/20 is set to air a program tonight featuring fundamentalist baptist pastors who do loony things like advise parents to spank two week old babies and who suggest that if there’s no bruising, there’s been no spanking…
To which I say… why? Why can’t the fringe loony nutbags be Lutherans? Or Presbyterians? Or Methodists? I actually know why- because those denominations require their clergy to have an education and Baptists don’t. As a consequence, there are imbeciles in Baptist pulpits in astounding numbers saying the most inane and insane things in the name of the Bible and Christianity.
Of course that doesn’t mean educated people don’t do stupid things. Just look around at colleges and universities and you see more than enough stupidity. But it does mean that an uneducated clergy is a dangerous clergy.
In other words, there are too many dilettantes in Baptist pulpits and it’s because of the anti-intellectualism which fundamentalists love so much. And fundamentalism breeds ignorance just as much as ignorance breeds fundamentalism.
And it will continue to be this way until Baptist churches demand that their clergy be educated. Until that day, Baptists will continue, sadly, to be featured in the news for saying stupid and unbiblical things. After all, you can’t expect any better from people who don’t know any better.