Following the Introduction
post, this series of seven
Newsgroup messages was posted to the newsgroup
mis.education in September 1999.
1/7 The INTRODUCTION to the
"QUESTIONS OF THE HEART" PETITION
REGRETTABLE LACK OF INTEGRITY
It is regrettable that the lack of integrity
and the persistent hostility of the officials
of Southwest Baptist University and the
Missouri Baptist Convention have necessitated
release of this information to the general
It has been (and remains) the conviction of
everyone concerned with this petition that
these matters are best handled privately. ...
God help us all.
WHAT IS THE
"QUESTIONS OF THE HEART" PETITION?
For a number of years now, allegations have
swirled concerning the unethical and possibly
illegal conduct of various members of the SBU
faculty, staff and administration.
Though others have known of the truth of these
allegations for years, many individuals fear the
repercussions to themselves and their families if
they speak ... and so, they have remained silent.
In the meantime, however, until the truth is
finally and fully brought to light, innocent
individuals have suffered and continue to suffer.
This situation is profoundly unethical, and, by
its very nature, destructive to everyone involved.
For this reason, we would like to suggest an
ASK THEM ... ALL OF THEM.
Ask the former and present FACULTY, STAFF,
ADMINISTRATORS, REGENTS, and TRUSTEES
of Southwest Baptist University if they have any
information which could lend light to these conflicts.
Therefore, we have some questions...
THE "QUESTIONS OF THE HEART" PETITION
The "QUESTIONS OF THE HEART" PETITION
will be distributed in intervals in five separate parts
by way of e-mail, the Internet, and by other means.
However, the entire set of one hundred (100)
questions will be accessible via a website.
The questions-- 100 in total --are presented in
a simple yes or no format and will be provided
in five parts.
We have determined that at least the Revised
Version of Part 1, Sections A, B, and C should
be posted at this time.
The Role of the Law at a Christian University
This set of questions asks if any member of the SBU
administration or staff has any specific knowledge
of the unethical or criminal conduct of Missouri
Baptist Convention or Southwest Baptist University
officials, employees or supporters.
This part has been revised and amended.
[*WARNING: Due to the discussions of the sexual
harassment or assault of SBU students by SBU
administrative personnel and other students, this
section is certainly inappropriate for children
and may be disturbing to sensitive adults.
Though these descriptions are not graphic and are
deliberately ambiguous; nonetheless, discretion is
As had mentioned, these posts,
Part 1, (Sections A, B, and C)
1/7 thru 7/7 will appear today in the newsgroup --
CHANGING HEARTS...THE SBU BOYCOTT
The "CHANGE OF HEART" BOYCOTT will ask:
Should Southern Baptists sanction, condone ...
and *fund* an institution of Higher Education
which, though declaring itself to uphold Christian
excellence and ethics in its recruiting literature,
persists in conducting itself in an immoral,
unethical, or potentially criminal manner?
As a private, Christian institution, Southwest
Baptist University is owned and operated by
the Missouri Baptist Convention and is closely
affiliated with and partially *funded* by the
membership and churches of the Missouri Baptist
and Southern Baptist Conventions.
The BOYCOTT PETITION will urge a generalized
boycott of all SBU products and programs, including
sports and concert events, by the general public.
Further, the "CHANGE OF HEART" BOYCOTT
PETITION appeals for the suspension and
WITHDRAWAL of all monies and FINANCIAL
SUPPORT by the Southern Baptist Convention,
its churches, and the general public from Southwest
Baptist University until such time as these questions
are answered and reasoned and judicious action is
taken to deal with these situations.
RECONCILING THE TRUTH
A series of several publications, websites,
and other media will begin to provide documented
evidence that supports allegations of a pattern
of deceptive, unethical or illegal mismanagement
by Missouri Baptist and SBU officials, faculty,
personnel, and supporters including:
*the depraved indifference of SBU and Missouri
Baptist officials to the health and safety of
students, faculty, and their progeny;
*document falsification and/or tampering and
*the abuse of power and political influence
and conflict of interest;
*the collaboration of SBU officials with local
businesses and city, county, and state officials
in inciting the threat and act of financial,
psychological, and physical harm or abuse
of those individuals who oppose SBU policies;
*the improper use of state and federal grant
and loan programs;
*the conspiracy to deceive and withhold relevant
information from government officials, students,
parents, and the general public pertaining to
repeated indoor, daytime fumigations of highly
toxic pesticides applied by, among others, Richard
Bakkum, an admittedly uncertified applicator;
*the possible obstruction of justice;
*the improper and possibly criminal conduct
of several local pastors, deacons, and church
members in SBU business affairs;
*the violation of students' rights and the
invasion of student privacy and confidentiality;
*slander, fraud, psychological and physical injury,
and other abuses by SBU personnel or supporters;
*the encouragement or continued tolerance of
sexual harassment, intimidation, and slander of
students by administrative staff or faculty,
especially in retaliation for reporting wrongdoing;
*the purposeful destruction of a student's family
ties and relationships, especially in retaliation
for reporting wrongdoing.
*the harassment, intimidation, and denigration
of female and disabled students and individuals
with differing insights, experiences, and opinions
by the SBU personnel and supporters;
*and the possible or probable criminal violations of:
~the Federal Educational Right to Privacy Act (FERPA),
~the Missouri Pesticide Use Act and the Federal
Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodentcide Act (FIFRA),
~Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act,
~the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990,
~the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations
This conduct, both past and currently ongoing, has had
and continues to have devastating consequences in the
present lives of others -- repercussions which the SBU
governance has failed to acknowledge and to take
responsibility for by providing long-overdue apologies,
reconciliation, amelioration, recompense or amends.
Either make the tree good, and his fruit good,
or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruits
corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.
Southwest Baptist University (SBU)
SBU Switchboard Telephone: 1-(417)-326-5281
SBU President C. Pat Taylor: 1-(417)-326-1501
SBU Admissions 800 Number: 1-(800)-526-5859
SBU President, C. Pat Taylor
C. Pat Taylor's Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Advisor to the SBU President, Bill Little
Bill Little's E-mail: email@example.com
Dr. Ray Leininger
Trustee of Southwest Baptist University;
Member of the Executive Committee of the
Missouri Baptist Convention;
Board Member of the Missouri Baptist newspaper
the Word and Way;
Word and Way Internet: http://wordandway.org
Word and Way Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pastor of First Baptist Church of Bolivar;
Office Phone of FBC Bolivar: 1-(417)-326-2431
Church Fax: 1-(417)-326-4706
Church Internet: www.fbcbolivar.org
Pastor Ray Leininger's e-mail: email@example.com
FBC Bolivar General Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC)
*SBU Alumnus* Jim Hill, Executive President of the
Missouri Baptist Convention in Jefferson City, MO
Jim Hill's Email: email@example.com
Jim Hill's Secretary E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
MBC President, Jay Scribner
Pastor First Baptist Church of Branson, Missouri
Jay Scribner's Email: email@example.com
MBC Question Line: 1-(800)-736-6227
MBC Internet: http://mobaptist.org
Southern Baptist Convention (Nashville, Tennessee)
Current SBC President, Paige Patterson
SBC Switchboard Telephone: 1-(615)-251-2000
SBC Sunday School Board
(primarily for ordering but will assist with
SBC contact numbers): 1-800-458-2772
The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission
of the Southern Baptist Convention,
901 Commerce, #550
Nashville, TN 37293-3696
President of the ERLC, Dr. Richard Land
Richard Land's Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Continued in ...
2/7 WOUNDED HEARTS: Questions Part 1 (Section A)
Southwest Baptist University "Questions of the Heart"
Part 1. The Role of the Law at a Christian University
~The Government, the Church, and the Law~
Questions 1-33 (Sections A, B, and C)
Section A-1: ~Southwest Baptist University and The Law~
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