At least two Southern Baptist pastors have in recent days called Vice President Kamala Harris a Jezebel. One is a member of the Southern Baptist Convention’s executive committee.
In addition to the old and new testament references to Jezebel as a powerful, evil, and promiscuous woman, Jezebel is also a racist trope.
On Jan. 22, Tom Buck, pastor of First Baptist Church of Lindale, Texas, equated Kamala Harris with the biblical Jezebel.
“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,” Buck tweeted.
Then on Thursday, Steve Swofford, of Rockwall First Baptist Church in Texas, preached about President Biden, calling him “cognitively dysfunctional,” and adding:
“What if something happens to him? Jezebel has to take over — Jezebel Harris; isn’t that her name?”
Swofford is a member of the Southern Baptist Convention’s executive committee, “the group that runs the business of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination outside its annual meetings.”
RNS’s story explains the significance of Jezebel in the Bible, and the racism of white supremacists.