Southern Evangelical Seminary condemns ‘progressing’ criminal reform in Manhattan

Judge Phil Ginn: ‘our freedoms in America are predicated on our government keeping us safe’

January 24, 2022

CHARLOTTE, N.C.— In a controversial move, recently appointed Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg Jr. instated a new policy forcing prosecutors to stop seeking prison sentences for select criminals and to downgrade felony charges in cases including armed robberies and drug dealing. Among his rules for prosecutors, Bragg Jr. and his office will not prosecute armed robberies for businesses, as well as resisting arrest, fare beating, prostitution, and trespassing. Suspects who are apprehended after stealing less than $1,000 worth of items will now be charged with a misdemeanor.

Judge Phil Ginn, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES,, responded to the issue of criminal reform.

Ginn stated, There are all sorts of issues that are negatively affecting all Americans these days. Inflation is real no matter where you live, not to mention the growing supply chain problem. I would also venture to guess that not one family in America has been totally immune to the insidious attack of the dreaded COVID virus or one of its many derivatives. However, there is one increasing phenomenon that should be concerning to all of us that may, for the present, only be affecting some of us. That is the growing violent crime rate currently seen in some of our larger cities. 

Liberal administrations and George Sorosfunded district attorneys are making a mockery of our criminal justice systems in many of our cities and, in keeping with some old movie advertisements, these dangerous trends are coming soon to a town near you. When our border policy creates an open door for organized criminal activity and those who should be protecting us from violent crimes create open doors on our prison systems, no good can come from this process.”

Ginn continued, “As a former judge, I am well aware that our freedoms in America are predicated on our government keeping us safe. For if we are not safe in our homes and our streets, then all of the other benefits that we enjoy as Americans are not worth very much. We at SES will continue to stand with those who protect us and our communities, from the police officer on the beat all the way up to district attorneys and judges who are seeking to do their jobs in the right way. May their tribe increase—and may God protect us from the ungodly and frightening actions of these so-called progressive folks in our criminal justice

 system who believe that coddling criminals is somehow good for society.

Judge Phil Ginn was appointed president of SES in April 2021 after a distinguished career as both a lawyer and a judge. He holds a B.A. from Appalachian State University, a J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Doctor of Ministry from Southern Evangelical Seminary. Prior to his appointment as SES president, Judge Ginn served as SES Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

SES will soon be holding their 28th annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics (NCCA) titled “Remaining Steadfast in an Upside Down World.” The event will take place on April 8-9, 2022, at FBC Rock Hill in Rock Hill, SC just outside of Charlotte. Speaker and ticket details will be coming soon.

The mission of SES is to train men and women, based on the inerrant and infallible written Word of God, for the evangelization of the world and the defense of the historic Christian faith. SES offers a range of undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees (along with several for-credit certificates) that uniquely integrate theology, philosophy, and apologetics to build a complete and systematic Christian worldview.

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