(NEWSOK) — DALLAS — At a time when the #MeToo movement is sweeping the nation, an Oklahoma pastor is hopeful that the Southern Baptist Convention will heed his request for a predator database to protect members of Southern Baptist churches.

The Rev. Wade Burleson, senior pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Enid, requested the development of the database in 2007 and returned to the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting on Tuesday to bring the matter up again.

“Southern Baptist pastors need to recognize that we have a responsibility to protect women from men who move towards them for sexual or physical abuse,” Burleson said. He made his remarks at a noon rally in support of women held Tuesday at a park outside the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center where Baptist delegates gathered.

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