By Brandon Parker
NASHVILLE — In a lawsuit filed Monday (Oct. 18), former SBC Executive Committee chairman Mike Stone alleges he has “suffered a tremendous loss in professional cultivation and reputational standing, decreased future earning power…and serious mental and emotional injury in the form of extreme public embarrassment, stress, anxiety, and fear” due to the actions of former Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission president Russell Moore.
The lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee in Nashville, lists a trio of claims for Stone’s legal action: defamation – libel, false light invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
The allegations are rooted in a pair of private letters by Moore which were released publicly by unknown sources in May 2021, just weeks before the June 2021 election for SBC president in which Stone was a candidate. [Read more…]