Texas Baptist Pastors Slurring VP Harris With “Jezebel” Label
At least two pastors of Texas Baptist churches have used the racist term “Jezebel” to refer to Vice President Kamala Harris in sermons to their congregations.
In his Jan. 3 sermon at First Baptist of Rockwall, Steve Swofford mentioned both Harris and then-President-elect Joe Biden. Swofford told his worshippers that Biden would be a “cognitively dysfunctional president” and then asked: “What if something happens to him and Jezebel has to take over? Jezebel Harris, isn’t that her name?”
Calling a Black woman “Jezebel” is a racist trope that has its roots in slavery and the perceived sexual promiscuity of Black women compared to white women.
The pastor also went on to warn congregants that the Biden-Harris administration would not likely to be “doing things our way of doing things.” And then he urged the congregation to maintain their “convictions of being pure and honest and having convictions for Christ.”
That’s quite the declaration coming from a member of the clergy who allegedly ignored allegations that a former youth pastor and pastor’s assistant each molested young boys in his own church in the 1990s. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), one of the most powerful bodies governing the nation’s largest non-Catholic denomination.
— Hemant Mehta (@hemantmehta) January 29, 2021
Three weeks after Swofford’s slur, Tom Buck, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Lindale, Texas, used it in a tweet, writing: “I can’t imagine any truly God-fearing Israelite who would’ve wanted their daughters to view Jezebel as an inspirational role model because she was a woman in power.”
When challenged on social media for using the term Buck doubled-down. “I fully stand by the point of my original tweet!
I fully stand by the point of my original tweet!
"Should Jezebel, who governed in godless ways, have been a role model simply because she was a woman in power?"
If not, "why should Kamala, who's governed in godless ways, be a role model just because she's a woman in power?"
— Tom Buck (@TomBuck) January 25, 2021
Many have called the two to be disciplined.
Pastors Steve Swofford & Tom Buck, have referred to Vice President Kamala Harris as Jezebel. Swofford called her “Jezebel Harris.” Calling on President J D Greear, & Jim Richards/SBTC, to repudiate these men un-Christlike statements & to initiate discipline against them, NOW. https://t.co/HrBhSfx9jX
— Dwight McKissic (@pastordmack) January 28, 2021