According to an article in the Associated Baptist Press, two resignations have emerged in the wake of a letter threatening to defund the N.C. Baptist State Convention’s newspaper, the Biblical Reporter. The threatening letter — which was written by Sandy Beck, the director of missions in the Hendersonville-based Carolina Baptist Association — took the newspaper’s editor to task for not knowing “the mindset of this predominantly biblically conservative state.”
Most recently, a Convention board member, Patricia Faulkner, resigned Nov. 4 in protest, saying she was quitting because apparent pressures had been brought to bear against the newspaper’s editor, Norman Jameson, who resigned in October.
The article quotes Faulkner as saying that “[the editor] was increasingly under pressure both from some Recorder directors and others in the state convention angered by the editor’s refusal to avoid covering subjects in Baptist life that irk conservatives, who have solidified their control over the convention.”
The editor resigned after Sandy Beck, director of missions in the Hendersonville-based Carolina Baptist Association wrote to Convention leaders saying that unless the editor was removed, “a motion would come from the floor of the convention to defund the newspaper in the state convention’s Cooperative Program unified budget,” according to the article.