In the wake of George Floyd’s tragic death in police custody, riots are spreading across cities in the United States far away from the scene of the crime in Minneapolis. Perhaps no city has suffered as much turmoil besides Minneapolis as Louisville, which endured seven shooting victims and overturned police cars last evening. More protests are planned for this evening as rioters are expressing their grief through violence. If the protesters knew it, the most logical and practical target in the city would be Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Last year, the seminary’s president, Dr. Albert Mohler, refused to consider reparations for black Americans for the harm the institution did during its earlier days to slaves in its racist past. Despite the social-justicey talk coming from Mohler, who has filled the seminary faculty with Critical Race Theorists, Mohler denounced the request for reparations by Simmons College, a religious and mostly black institution of higher learning. Ironically, it came on the heels of a virtue-signaling apology from Southern Seminary for its racist roots. For most in the black community, they saw through Mohler’s crocodile tears when he rejected their pleas so soon after his public relations repentance.
Mohler has vehemently opposed measures to rename namesake monuments – chiefly Boyce College and Manly Hall – named after Confederate slaveholders. As Mohler called for the Confederate flag to be replaced in Mississippi because of the racist undertones, he refused to rename these institutions and buildings with their explicitly racist overtones. In fact, Mohler has continued to put up newly-commissioned portraits of these Confederate war soldiers (see above).
Southern Baptist founders, like Basil Manly, James Boyce and John Broadus, all owned slaves and were pro-Confederacy. Would it surprise you to find out that the SBC still venerates these names and still lauds that heritage on their buildings?
Consider, for example, Boyce College – the undergraduate school of Albert Mohler’s Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. That’s right. The undergraduate school is named after Charleston native, slave-holding, pro-confederacy James P. Boyce.
Boyce, lamenting the tide turning against slavery, said…
I believe I see in all this the end of slavery. I believe we are cutting its throat, curtailing its domain. And I have been, and am, an ultra pro-slavery man
Here’s a photo of Albert Mohler standing proudly with a portrait bequeathed him of John Broadus.
Here is a photo of Broadus Chapel at Mohler’s SBTS…
Broadus, a chaplain in General Robert E Lee’s battalion, said this...
We must not forget that the Negroes differ widely among themselves, having come from different races in Africa, and having had very different relations to the white people while held in slavery, many of them are greatly superior to others in character, but the great mass of them belong to a very low grade of humanity.
As this campus map from SBTS’ website indicates, Manly Hall – named after the Confederate chaplain – is still standing and occupied and proudly named after the guy who was not only a slave-holder and a slave-trader, but beat his slaves. Manly excused slavery out of societal need and the long-standing tradition of slavery…
“[The wants of society] led to different occupations – some to labor, some to plan and direct others…” and to explain the acceptability of slavery because of the time-honored tradition, spoke of Africans saying that “in all times, in all countries excepting his own, has been in a state of servitude.”
Let’s pray that in a case of profound irony, Louisville rioters don’t target an institution newly baptized in ‘woke’ social justice sophistry. It might be fitting, but it would still be unfortunate.
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