Dispute in Baptistland

Timothy Kincaid

January 25th, 2011

Earlier this month we reported that the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary had booted the Tarrant Baptist Association from their space on campus due to the Association fellowshipping with Broadway Baptist Church, a congregation that does not reject gay worshipers. Now it seems that the Seminary didn’t exactly have that right; the Association holds deed to the property on which they reside. (Baptist Standard)

In 1982, the seminary provided Tarrant Baptist Association land and the funds to build its office building, granting a 99-year lease on the property, Meredith explained. At that time, the seminary and association entered into an affiliation agreement stipulating the property would not be used for commercial activity, and the association and seminary would commit to remaining in theological harmony, he said.

In 1997, the property agreement was renegotiated, and Tarrant Baptist Association received the deed to the property, he said. “The affiliation agreement remained intact,” Meredith added.

Further, it seems that the affiliation agreement has provisions for resolving dispute and the Seminary does not have unilateral determination. A three person panel is supposed to be assembled to mediate a resolution.

But, apparently believing that “but, but, but Teh Ghey!!” trumps all, the Seminary is insisting that the Association give them back the property and go away with their heads hung low in shame. The Association is taking a different position.

Tarrant Baptist Association’s executive board subsequently met a few days later and unanimously approved a motion asking the seminary either to purchase the property from the association at fair market value or submit the matter to a three-person arbitration panel.

It will be interesting to see how this is resolved.

John

January 26th, 2011

It’s nice to see a gay friendly religious organization not giving in to hate and intolerance.

Erica

January 26th, 2011

I’m English, can you explain this Teh Ghey thing I keep seeing on US sites? Many thanks.

Priya Lynn

January 26th, 2011

Erica, the way it was explained to me is that its mocking anti-gay people who are dumb and can’t spell very well.

Timothy Kincaid

January 26th, 2011

Erica,

Yes, it is intended to be mocking. But no, it’s not about intelligence or the ability to spell.

Within US culture there are those who find something so objectionable that they assume that simply naming it will result in shared revulsion. Usually this is accompanied by placing emphasis on the word. “Teh Ghey” sort of evolved as a phonetic representation of this horrified emphasis.

Also, including “Teh” as part of the phrase suggests that those who see homosexuality as objectively objectionable also do not see it as one’s sexual orientation but rather as some sort of separate entity. They objectify Gay without any recognition of the men and women who are gay. Gay is not an adjective, to them, but rather Gay is a noun, like The Nazis or The Plague.

Actually, few anti-gays use the term “the gay” on its own, preferring “the gay agenda” or “the gay lobby.” It is, however, more amusing to truncate it to their real objection, “Teh Ghey!!”

Priya Lynn

January 26th, 2011

Radical Russ at Pam’s house blend told me it was about intelligence and spelling hence “teh” instead of “the”.

Andrew

January 27th, 2011

I always assumed it was a phonetic joke. I think almost everyone knows how to spell “the”, it just happens to be the most mistyped word in English due to the keyboard configuration.

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