It is interesting to note that Judge McBryde, in granting the Motion for Summary Judgment in the Klouda case, ruled that faculty at Southern Baptist seminaries are historically considered ministers by the courts, and as such, the federal government cannot apply federal laws of discrimination (a link to Judge McBryde's opinion is here).
Ironically, there is not a Southern Baptist in the nation who would consider a woman who teaches Hebrew a minister in terms of any Biblical definition. There is no church or ekklesia which she shepherds, no ordinances which she administers, and no title which she assumes (pastor, shephered, bishop, etc . . ). Yet, when it comes to this woman's removal from the classroom because she is a 'woman in a position reserved for men,' then those who chose to remove her praise the court's wisdom - a wisdom which is based upon the the legal precedent that professors at seminaries are considered 'ministers' by the courts of the land.
Therefore, you have the strange situation of federal courts calling seminary professors 'ministers' and the very people who led the effort to change the BFM 2000 to forbid women from being 'Senior Pastors' praising the courts for their ruling. If consistent application of this legal ruling were made throughout the Southern Baptist Convention then there would be no 'women' professors at any of our seminaries - period.
In the long run, I believe people of the Southern Baptist Convention will realize that there are two ideologies causing tension within our Convention - one ideology would wish to relegate all women to a position of subordination to men, while the other seeks to acknowledge the Biblical view of equality between men and women - with the only official denominational 'exception' to that equality being the prohibition in the BFM 2000 for women to serve as 'Senior Pastors.' I personally have no desire to overturn that BFM prohibition, though I think it unwise to have placed it there in the first place. However, I do have a strong desire, and will do everything in my power to see it happen, to prevent Southern Baptists from pushing the prohibition of women ministering to others areas than that of Senior Pastor. And, if the courts cannot intervene because of First Amendment reasons, then it is up to us Southern Baptists to correct any warped application of the BFM 2000 restriction on women.
In His Grace,