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The New Hate Pastorsposted on August 14, 2019
Slate’s Ruth Graham reports on the New Independent Fundamental Baptist movement, a loose cohort of churches whose young pastors are becoming known for noxious rhetoric that’s gone viral on the internet. The movement claims 32 churches across the United States, Canada, Australia, and the Philippines. Graham writes, “Anyone can declare themselves a ‘pastor,’ no matter how small their flock. The most virulent voices are typically fringe characters who do not represent—or even appeal to—very many people.” The Southern Poverty Law Center warns the movement’s influence is growing.