20160312 FIRST CORRESPONDENCE

These letters were written on 3/12/2016 and shortly thereafter sent by certified mail to the leaders of the
denominations in the Dallas area. The denominations written were Southern Baptists of Texas,
Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas, United Methodist Church Conference
of Dallas, and the Grace Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church USA.

March 12, 2016
Edward H. Sebesta

edwardsebesta@gmail.com
Mr. Nathan Lino President
Southern Baptists of Texas Convention
P.O. Box 1988
Grapevine, TX 76099-1988
Dear Mr. Lino:
I am writing you to ask that none of the Southern Baptist churches in Texas provide their facilities for
the Sons of Confederate Veterans 2016 national convention in Richardson, Texas.
The SCV is a group which promotes, what I believe and I think any rational person would believe, are
extremist and racist beliefs as documented in an article by myself at Black Commentator,
http://www.blackcommentator.com/526/526_confederacy_sebesta_guest_share.html. I enclose a
copy. I do investigative research regarding the neo-Confederate movement. My research has been
published by university presses, peer reviewed academic journals, as well as by Black Commentator.
My resume is online at http://www.templeofdemocracy.com/curriculum-vitae.html.
When churches lend neo-Confederate groups the use of their facilities they not only give them support
through the use of their facilities but additionally they lend the prestige and credibility of their
individual church and denomination to that group. The church is also party to the enabling the agenda
of the neo-Confederates.
Unfortunately, the Southern Baptist Ashley River Baptist Church hosted the Sons of Confederate
Veterans in 2014 in South Carolina. (http://www.timesexaminer.com/historical/1914-2014-nationalreunion-of-sons-of-confederate-veterans) The Southern Baptist churches have had a record of not
hosting the national conventions of neo-Confederate groups. For national conventions from 1990 to
2014 only one Southern Baptist church had hosted the United Daughters of the Confederacy, which
was First Baptist Church of Columbia in South Carolina. For 1990 to 2013 I don’t find any record of
a Southern Baptist church hosting the national convention of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. I
enclose tables of hosting churches and bar graphs of the hosting by denomination. This information
can also be found online at the web page http://www.templeofdemocracy.com/churches-of-theconfederacy.html.

I had had written the four denominations leading in hosting neo-Confederate national convention
services not to host the SCV: Episcopalians (both factions), United Methodist, Presbyterians and
Roman Catholics (See again enclosed bar graphs). There were indications that the SCV was having
difficulties finding a church.
I did not write any organizations of Southern Baptists in South Carolina since I thought Southern
Baptists wouldn’t do such a thing. The Southern Baptist church had seemed to be moving forward on
the issue of race with such notable actions as the 1995 apology for slavery. It had seemed that the
Southern Baptists comprehended that Christianity was a global effort with no one race or nation
privileged over another. Yet this doesn’t seem to be the situation.
The Southern Baptist churches seem now to be the most likely denomination to host the Sons of
Confederate Veterans.
The neo-Confederate movement besides bringing back into print nearly every antebellum book
defending slavery have also been publishing some modern theological defenses of slavery.
The neo-Confederates have been condemning the Southern Baptist Convention for their apology
regarding slavery since the resolution was passed in 1995. (http://www.sbc.net/resolutions/899 ). The
notorious Southern Partisan had two condemnations published. [2nd Quarter, Vol. 15, 1995, pp. 7
Wesley Pruden; 3rd Quarter, Vol. 15, 1995, pp. 56 Samuel Francis. Documentation enclosed.]
Though the Sons of Confederate Veterans has not directly condemned the Southern Baptists for their
resolution, they have strongly promoted and praised the writings that have condemned the Southern
Baptists.
Gary Lee Roper has written a book, “Antebellum Slavery: An Orthodox View,” 2008, advocating a
pro-slavery theology, in which on pages 281-82 he condemns the Southern Baptist apology and calls
those who passed it “pompous ignoramus.” I enclose documentation.
This book is promoted and praised by the Sons of Confederate Veterans in their publication
Chaplain’s Corps Chronicles of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. In the April 2008 issue the SCV
Chaplain’s Corps praises the book and tells the readers it is a “must read.” Documentation enclosed.
(http://www.scv.org/pdf/chaplains/2008_Apr.pdf ).
The book is also or has been sold in the SCV catalog, SCV’s online store, and in their official
publication Confederate Veteran. I enclose documentation.
Walter D. Kennedy has written a book “Myths of American Slavery,” Pelican Publishing Company,
2003. The Southern Baptists are denounced for their apology on pages 88-96 in a section titled
“Radical Influence in the Southern Baptist Convention,” in a chapter titled “Abolitionism Versus
Christianity.” On page 89 the author states:
“The passing of the so-called Racial Reconciliation Resolution by the assembled delegates defamed
and otherwise slandered the good name of Southern Baptists of the past 150 years. The resolution is
nothing more than liberal double-speak for an act of cultural genocide against the South.”

Elsewhere on page 89 the resolution is called “infamous” and the author states, “The duped delegates
regurgitated on cue the abolitionist (i.e. liberal) propaganda about the institution of African servitude
and life in the Old South.” I enclose documentation.
This book is sold in the SCV catalog, SCV’s online store, and in their official publication Confederate
Veteran. I enclose documentation.
The Southern Baptists may have apologized over slavery in 1995 but in 2014 it is aiding and abetting
an organization that is promoting pro-slavery theology and a neo-Confederate ideology that condemns
the Southern Baptist Convention.
One concern I have developed in investigating neo-Confederate groups is how they are enabled by
mainstream organizations such as corporations, churches, government bodies and others. So I have
decided to ask these groups to reconsider their relations with specific neo-Confederate groups. It is all
well and good that I have written on extremist Confederate Christian nationalists for the Canadian
Review of American Studies
(http://www.templeofdemocracy.com/ConfederateChristianNationalism.pdf ), but I have realized that
the enabling of a racist historical consciousness in the general public and racist neo-Confederate
groups by mainstream churches is as detrimental to America as these fringe churches referred to in my
paper. The Christianity advocated by the SCV is largely similar. You can review their Chaplain’s
Chronicle online at http://www.scv.org/about/chaplainsChronicle.php and http://chaplain-inchief.com/ .
Please find enclosed an article from the Richmond Free Press regarding churches hosting the 2014
UDC National Convention in Richmond, Virginia. In the article is the account of St. Paul’s Episcopal
Church deciding that even though they have hosted the UDC eight times since 1994, they were not
going to host the UDC in 2014 or in the future. This is the church that was attended by Robert E. Lee
and Jefferson Davis. The article is online at
http://richmondfreepress.com/news/2014/nov/07/confederates-hold-service-downtown-church/ . They
have since gone on and worked to deal with their past. Please find enclosed an article from the
Richmond Times-Dispatch describing their efforts. The link to the article is
http://www.richmond.com/news/local/city-of-richmond/article_fda4f734-e732-5c7f-bbe35f66f1f09cb3.html.
I include this material to show that churches can and do face the issues regarding the Confederacy.
Sincerely Yours,

Edward H. Sebesta
CC see next page

Name
Dante Wright
Juan Sanchez
David Fleming
Kia Bowman
Robert Welch Jr.
Craig Bailey
Josh Crutchfield
Steve Dorman
Mark Estep
Danny Forshee
Cesar Gabriel
Paul Garcia
Bill Gardner

Southern Baptist of
Texas Convention Title
Vice President
Secretary
Executive Board Chairman
Executive Board Vice
Chairman
Executive Board Secretary
Executive Board Member
Executive Board Member
Executive Board Member
Executive Board Member
Executive Board Member
Executive Board Member
Executive Board Member
Executive Board Member

Roy Guel
Executive Board Member
Damon Halliday Executive Board Member
Mark Hogan
Executive Board Member
Amy Joslin
Executive Board Member
Chad King
Executive Board Member
David LaMascus Executive Board Member
Matthew McCurley Executive Board Member
Jo McGuire
Executive Board Member
Chris Moody
Executive Board Member
Tommy Oglesby Executive Board Member
Mike Phillips
Executive Board Member
Russ Ponder
Executive Board Member
Michael Postell
Executive Board Member
John Powell
Executive Board Member
J.C. Rico
Executive Board Member
Kerry Ritchie
Executive Board Member
Bernie Ritzert
Executive Board Member
Joe Rivera
Executive Board Member

Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, P.O. Box 1988, Grapevine, TX 76099-1988
Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, P.O. Box 1988, Grapevine, TX 76099-1988
Champion Forest Baptist Church, 15555 Stuebner-Airline Road, Houston 77069
Hyde Park Baptist Church, 3901 Speedway, Austin 78751
Rock Hill Baptist Church, 10768 CR 3405, Brownsboro 75756
First Baptist Church, Madisonville, PO Box 159, Madisonville 77864
First Baptist Church, Trenton, PO Box 157, Trenton 75490
First Baptist Church, Brownsville, 1600 Boca Chica Boulevard, Brownsville 78520
Spring Baptist Church, 633 E Louetta Rd, Spring 77373
Great Hills Baptist Church, Austin 10500 Jollyville Rd Austin 78759
Iglesia Bautista Trinidad, 10108 FM 1472, Laredo 78045
Bobtown Road Baptist Church, 4206 Bobtown Road, Garland 75043
Southside Baptist Church, Henderson 1801 Old Nacogdoches Rd. Henderson
75654
Sagemont Church, 11300 S Sam Houston Pkwy. E., Houston 77089
Senior pastor, Keystone Fellowship Church, Fort Worth
Castle Hills First Baptist Church, 2220 NW Military Hwy, San Antonio 78213
Community Baptist Church, 6012 Highway 276, Royse City 75189
First Baptist Church, Childress, 300 Avenue C NW, Childress 79201
Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, P.O. Box 1988, Grapevine, TX 76099-1988
First Baptist Church, Canadian, PO Box 717, Canadian 79014
Cornerstone Fellowship Baptist Church, PO Box 3, Haskell 79521
First Baptist Church, Beaumont, 900 Calder Avenue, Beaumont 77701
South Jefferson Baptist Church, PO Box 928, Mt. Pleasant 75456
First Baptist Church, Wimberley, 15951 Winters Mill Parkway, Wimberley 78676
First Baptist Church, Farwell, PO Box 129, Farwell 79325
New Hope Baptist Church, 6765 Dick Price Rd, Mansfield 76063
First Baptist Church, Hamlin, PO Box 8, Hamlin 79520 (
Immanuel Baptist Church, El Paso
Southcrest Baptist Church, 3801 South Loop 289, Lubbock 79423
Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, P.O. Box 1988, Grapevine, TX 76099-1988
Primera Iglesia Bautista, Grand Prairie, 201 Freetown, Grand Prairie 75051

Name

Southern Baptist of
Texas Convention Title
Jeremy Rogers
Executive Board Member
Keith Sanders
Executive Board Member
Paul Sanders
Executive Board Member
Eric Shin
Executive Board Member
Bill Simmons
Executive Board Member
Tim Skaggs
Executive Board Member
Steve Swofford
Executive Board Member
Gwyn Tidwell
Executive Board Member
Charles Treadway Executive Board Member
Lucas Vaughn
Executive Board Member
Bill Vernon
Executive Board Member
Jared Wellman
Executive Board Member
Tony Wolfe
Executive Board Member

Arlington Park Baptist Church, 5510 Matlock Road, Arlington 76018
First Baptist Church, Keller, 225 Keller Parkway, Keller 76248
Houston’s First Baptist Church, 7401 Katy Freeway, Houston 77024
New Life Fellowship, Houston
River Hills Baptist Church, PO Box 260200, Corpus Christi 78246
Coggin Avenue Baptist Church, 1815 Coggin Avenue, Brownwood 76801
First Baptist Church, Rockwall, 601 S Goliad, Rockwall 75087
Northgate Church, PO Box 250, Haslet 76052
First Baptist Church, Forney, PO Box 97, Forney 75126
Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, P.O. Box 1988, Grapevine, TX 76099-1988
Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, P.O. Box 1988, Grapevine, TX 76099-1988
Mission Dorado Baptist Church, 4142 Faudree Road, Odessa 79765
Antioch Baptist Church, 4416 FM 230, Lovelady 75851

The United Methodist Church has been hosting the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) and the
Children of the Confederacy (CofC) despite getting letters at the national, state and local levels asking
them not to host either group. They are either evading the question or making excuses.
March 12, 2016
Edward H. Sebesta
edwardsebesta@gmail.com
Bishop Michael McKee
North Texas Conference
The United Methodist Church
P.O. Box 866188
Plano, TX 75086-6188
Dear Rt. Rev. McKee:
I am writing you to ask that none of the United Methodist Church churches in the North Texas
Conference host any activities of the Sons of Confederate Veterans during their 2016 convention in
Richardson, Texas.
Please find enclosed an article from the Richmond Free Press regarding churches hosting the 2014
UDC National Convention in Richmond, Virginia. In the article is the account of St. Paul’s Episcopal
Church deciding that even though they have hosted the UDC eight times since 1994, they were not
going to host the UDC in 2014 or in the future. This is the church that was attended by Robert E. Lee
and Jefferson Davis. The article is online at
http://richmondfreepress.com/news/2014/nov/07/confederates-hold-service-downtown-church/ . They
have since gone on and worked to deal with their past. Please find enclosed an article from the
Richmond Times-Dispatch describing their efforts. The link to the article is
http://www.richmond.com/news/local/city-of-richmond/article_fda4f734-e732-5c7f-bbe35f66f1f09cb3.html.
I bring these two articles to your attention to show that churches can and do confront the issue of the
Confederacy. However, I regret I did not hear back from you in response to my March 10, 2014 letter
requesting that United Methodist Church churches in the North Texas Conference not to host neoConfederate events. You can read this letter online at http://www.templeofdemocracy.com/richardsontexas-2016.html. I enclose a printout of the letter.
I see that you have a blog in which you speak out on moral issues.
http://www.northtexasumc.org/bishop-mckee-1. It would be helpful if you could speak out against
glorifying the Confederacy and churches which enable it.
Sincerely Yours,

Edward H. Sebesta

March 12, 2016
Edward H. Sebesta
1502 Seevers Ave.
Dallas, TX 75216
edwardsebesta@gmail.com
Right Rev. George Sumner
Bishop Episcopal Diocese of Dallas
Diocesan House
1630 N. Garrett Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
Dear Right Rev. Canon George Sumner:
In 2014 I wrote Bishop Stanton asking that the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas not host the Sons of
Confederate Veterans for any of their activities during their convention in Richardson, Texas. I
include a printout of the letter and it is online here: http://www.templeofdemocracy.com/richardsontexas-2016.html .
His reply was that it was unlikely, but he didn’t say that an Episcopal church wouldn’t host the Sons
of Confederate Veterans.
Please find enclosed an article from the Richmond Free Press regarding churches hosting the 2014
UDC National Convention in Richmond, Virginia. In the article is the account of St. Paul’s Episcopal
Church deciding that even though they have hosted the UDC eight times since 1994, they were not
going to host the UDC in 2014 or in the future. This is the church that was attended by Robert E. Lee
and Jefferson Davis. The article is online at
http://richmondfreepress.com/news/2014/nov/07/confederates-hold-service-downtown-church/ . They
have since gone on and worked to deal with their past. Please find enclosed an article from the
Richmond Times-Dispatch describing their efforts. The link to the article is
http://www.richmond.com/news/local/city-of-richmond/article_fda4f734-e732-5c7f-bbe35f66f1f09cb3.html.
I enclose these articles to show that churches can and do engage and deal with the Confederacy. I ask
that that no Episcopal church lend its facilities to the Sons of Confederate Veterans during their 2016
national convention. It would also be a great help if you could speak out on this issue.
Sincerely Yours,

Edward H. Sebesta
Curriculum Vitae enclosed.

March 12, 2016
Edward H. Sebesta

edwardsebesta@gmail.com
The Most Rev. Kevin J. Ferrell
Bishop, Diocese of Dallas
3725 Blackburn St.
Dallas, TX 75219
Dear Most Rev. Ferrell:
I am writing you to ask that none of the Roman Catholic churches in the Diocese of Dallas host any
activities of the Sons of Confederate Veterans during their 2016 convention in Richardson, Texas.
Please find enclosed an article from the Richmond Free Press regarding churches hosting the 2014
UDC National Convention in Richmond, Virginia. In the article is the account of St. Paul’s Episcopal
Church deciding that even though they have hosted the UDC eight times since 1994, they were not
going to host the UDC in 2014 or in the future. This is the church that was attended by Robert E. Lee
and Jefferson Davis. The article is online at
http://richmondfreepress.com/news/2014/nov/07/confederates-hold-service-downtown-church/ . They
have since gone on and worked to deal with their past. Please find enclosed an article from the
Richmond Times-Dispatch describing their efforts. The link to the article is
http://www.richmond.com/news/local/city-of-richmond/article_fda4f734-e732-5c7f-bbe35f66f1f09cb3.html.
I bring these two articles to your attention to show that churches can and do confront the issue of the
Confederacy. However, I regret I did not hear back from you in response to my February 18, 2014
letter requesting that Roman Catholic churches in the Diocese of Dallas not to host neo-Confederate
events. You can read this letter online at http://www.templeofdemocracy.com/richardson-texas2016.html. I enclose a printout of the letter.
I see that you have a blog in which you speak out on moral issues, http://bishopkevinfarrell.org/ , it
would be helpful if you could speak out against glorifying the Confederacy and churches which
enable it.
Sincerely Yours,

Edward H. Sebesta

March 12, 2016

Edward H. Sebesta
1502 Seevers Ave.
Dallas, TX 75216
edwardsebesta@gmail.com
Teaching Elder Princeton Abaraoha
Moderator
Grace Presbytery
6100 Colwell Blvd. Suite #100
Irving, TX 75039-3148
Dear Teaching Elder Abaraoha:
I am writing you to ask that none of the Presbyterian USA churches in the North Texas Conference
host any activities of the Sons of Confederate Veterans during their 2016 convention in Richardson,
Texas.
Please find enclosed an article from the Richmond Free Press regarding churches hosting the 2014
UDC National Convention in Richmond, Virginia. In the article is the account of St. Paul’s Episcopal
Church deciding that even though they have hosted the UDC eight times since 1994, they were not
going to host the UDC in 2014 or in the future. This is the church that was attended by Robert E. Lee
and Jefferson Davis. The article is online at
http://richmondfreepress.com/news/2014/nov/07/confederates-hold-service-downtown-church/ . They
have since gone on and worked to deal with their past. Please find enclosed an article from the
Richmond Times-Dispatch describing their efforts. The link to the article is
http://www.richmond.com/news/local/city-of-richmond/article_fda4f734-e732-5c7f-bbe35f66f1f09cb3.html.
I bring these two articles to your attention to show that churches can and do confront the issue of the
Confederacy. However, I regret I did not hear back from the Grace Presbytery in response to my
March 10, 2014 letter requesting that Presbyterian churches in the North Texas Conference not to host
neo-Confederate events. You can read this letter online at
http://www.templeofdemocracy.com/richardson-texas-2016.html. I enclose a printout of the letter.
It would be helpful if you could speak out against glorifying the Confederacy and churches which
enable it.

Sincerely Yours,

Edward H. Sebesta
Curriculum vitae enclosed