In a damning indictment to the divisive and harmful nature of “critical race theory” to the public, President Trump’s administration announced this evening that they were cracking down on the evil ideology, banning it from being taught in federal agencies and banning the use of federal funds to pay for it, highlighting that it has a propensity to stoke racial divisions and be thoroughly “un-American.”
The memo, released by the Director of the Office of Management, rips into this poisonous doctrine, saying:
How telling is it that President Trump, certainly not a Christian or a paragon of virtue, was able to suss out the evil and problematic ideology and take tangible steps to weed it, tossing the husks of this demonic ideology into the flames before the Southern Baptist Convention has? Imagine they did though: what would it look like? Let’s flip the letter on its head.
SUBJECT: Critical Race Theory (CRT) in the Southern Baptist Convention
It has come to President JD Greear’s attention that the SBC Elites in the co-operative program have spent millions of church dollars to date “teaching” college students in SBC seminaries and side-projects to believe divisive, un-Christian propaganda.
For example, according to video evidence, employees across Southern Baptist Theological Seminary have been teaching Critical Race Theory, where one professor has said that he struggles with white supremacy and that everyone in the class is a racist. According to reports, in some cases, these classes have further claimed that there is racism embedded in the heart of the church. Outside of the universities, some people have been pushing the notion that in some Florida megachurches, the most intersectional pastor should receive the job.
These types of “incidences” not only run counter to the fundamental beliefs for which our faith has stood since its inception, but they also engender division and resentment within the body of Christ. We can be proud that the head of the organization, the SBC, has employees of all races and ethnicities. We can be proud that Christians from all over the country seek to join our churches and dedicate themselves to the gospel of Christ. We can be proud of our continued efforts to welcome all individuals who seek to serve their fellow brothers and sisters.
However, we cannot accept our employees and our colleges and churches receiving training and teaching that seeks to undercut our core values as Christians and Southern Baptists and that drives division within our body. This is especially true of the organization the ERLC, which has been running unrestrained for years. Therefore I have directed all universities, colleges, and parachurch organizations to ensure that our agencies cease and desist from using co-operative program dollars to fund these divisive, un-Christian propaganda training sessions. Accordingly, to that end, the Executive Committee will shortly issue more detailed guidance on implementing these directives.
In the meantime, all college, universities, and churches are directed to begin to identify all incidences of teaching and spending related to “critical race theory,” “white privilege,” or any other teaching or propaganda effort that teaches or suggests either (1) that critical Race theory is a useful analytical tool, (2) people are encouraged to identify with their ethnicity (which CRT thought-leaders inaccurately label “race”), rather than with greater and more significant distinguishing factors, like Jesus, their nation, or their community.
In addition, all agencies should begin to identify all available avenues within the Convention to cancel any such contracts and/or to divert Cooperative program dollars away from these un-Christian propaganda training sessions.
When a pagan government gets it right before you do, you know there’s a problem.