Friday, June 17, 2016

The Southern Baptist Convention strikes a blow against racism, but still reaffirms anti-LGBT bigotry

From Salon-

The annual Southern Baptist Convention, a meeting of thousands of church members belonging to the second largest denomination in the country (after Catholicism), is always a fascinating snapshot of what kind of political pressures are weighing on the Christian right these days. This year’s meeting in St. Louis was especially dramatic, demonstrating cracks in the stalwart conservatism that has defined the church for decades.

While the denomination is a robust and diverse one, with many of the member churches leaning liberal, by and large, Southern Baptists are the backbone denomination of the religious right as we know it, which is reflected both in the leadership (two-term president Ronnie Floyd, for instance, claims that we are experiencing “a sexual epidemic of unprecedented proportions in this country”) and in their official political declarations, such as when they SBC infamously declared, in 1998, that wives are expected to submit to their husbands.

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