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Southern Baptist Women Say They Are 'Shocked' By A Church Leader's Comments

More than 2,000 women claim a seminary president has "an unbiblical view of authority, womanhood, and sexuality" and should not be allowed to continue in leadership.

A prominent Southern Baptist leader faces demands for his dismissal after women from his own denomination reacted angrily to the news that he once advised abused women to pray for their husbands and gave a sermon in which he defended a lewd remark about a teenage girl as "biblical."

Paige Patterson, president of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, has denied having condoned marital abuse. He has so far declined to apologize for his past comments, and is still scheduled to speak at an upcoming Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Dallas.

The controversy centers in part on

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