The nation’s largest Protestant faith group is being investigated by the Biden administration’s Justice Department, according to church leaders.
The Southern Baptist Convention, ranked one of the most conservative church groups in the U.S., with 64% of members registered Republicans, is under investigation for sexual abuse.
“The SBC Executive Committee recently became aware that the Department of Justice has initiated an investigation into the Southern Baptist Convention, and that the investigation will include multiple SBC entities,” the church’s executive leadership said in a statement. “Individually and collectively each SBC entity is resolved to fully and completely cooperate with the investigation.”
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The news comes as the Biden administration authorized a raid on former President Donald Trump — a Republican who was Biden’s political opponent in the 2020 election — this week which has generated a significant amount of backlash over accusations of political targeting.
Democrats in Washington, D.C., are also pushing to add 87,000 new employees to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The IRS was forced to delete a job posting this week that stated applicants needed to be willing to “carry a firearm and be willing to use deadly force, if necessary.”
The SBC said that they were already working on addressing past alleged instances of abuse as evidenced by a recent investigation that they had completed.
“We recognize our reform efforts are not finished,” the church said. “In fact, those efforts are continuing this very moment as the recently announced Abuse Reform Implementation Task Force begins its work and as each entity has strengthened its efforts to protect against abuse.”
The SBC spent nearly $2 million for an independent investigation after many complaints from congregants, according to a report from Baptist Press, the SBC’s official news outlet. Guidepost Solutions submitted its completed report to church leaders in May. Send Relief, the compassion ministry of the SBC, committed $4 million to implement approved actions and support survivors of sexual abuse, according to the report.