The Georgia Baptist Convention today continued a campaign of selective reading of Scripture - and more important to fundamentalist messengers, it would seem - a selective reading of their own statement of faith (the Baptist Faith and Message 2000): for the second year in a row, the GBC tossed out a church (Druid Hills Baptist Church of Atlanta, in this instance) for having a woman pastor on staff.
Never mind that women have been preaching from pulpits in Baptist life since at least the eighteenth century. Today's Southern Baptist Convention has regressed to the point of teaching women homemaking skills in seminary.
Since the 1960s, Southern Baptist fundamentalists have fought long and hard to reduce (literally) Southern Baptist life to conformity with an ever-narrowing pure faith. Today was simply the latest in a string of thousands of theological purgings.
Yet Baptist church fights are nothing new, and in some instances from yesteryear, members literally were tossed out of church buildings.