QAnon Conspiracy Theories Are “Fables,” According to Southern Baptist Convention Leader Ed Litton
Ed Litton, a moderate Alabama pastor who was recently elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), dismissed the unfounded QAnon conspiracy theory popular among some white evangelicals, saying he taught his flock not to believe in “fables.”
As the SBC—the largest Christian Protestant denomination in the United States—faces charges of sexual assault and infighting over critical race theory, an academic idea that centres around critiques of structural racism, Litton was elected to lead the organization.
CNN host Erin Burnett mentioned a recent poll that revealed 25% of white evangelical Christians believe in the QAnon conspiracy theory during an interview with Litton. The poll is likely one conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute in May, which found that 26% of white evangelical Protestants believe in “a storm coming shortly that will sweep away the elites in authority and reinstate the proper leaders.”
QAnon members think that, among a slew of dubious conspiracy theories, former President Donald Trump is fighting Satanic Democrats involved in child sex trafficking. The term “the storm” refers to a time when Trump is expected to issue mass arrest warrants for elites allegedly participating in the scheme.
On critical race theory, incoming Southern Baptist Convention President Pastor Ed Litton states, “There are folks… frightened of dealing with this subject.”
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When asked if he has heard of the QAnon movement, Litton stated he hasn’t heard of it in his church and doesn’t know many pastors who have.
He added, “I think it’s a fringe problem.” “I don’t think it’s just some churches doing this; I think there are all kinds of fringe groups who will believe a lie rather than the truth.”
Burnett then asked Litton if he felt “any obligation, responsibility, or burden to attempt to stop this, whether you classify it as fringe or not?”
“Well, yeah, it’s fringe,” Litton said, “but I suppose I have a commitment to my people, especially because I educate on a regular basis, to not listen to fables.” “And. This is a condensed version of the information.