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Mon Jul 17, 2017, 12:21 PM

Why I'm Leaving the Southern Baptist Convention

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Source: New York Times

Why I’m Leaving the Southern Baptist Convention

By LAWRENCE WARE JULY 17, 2017

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An incident last month has compelled me not only to leave, but also to explain why.

During the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting, Dwight McKissic, a prominent black pastor in Arlington, Tex., introduced a resolution that denounced white supremacy and the “retrograde ideologies, xenophobic biases and racial bigotries of the so-called alt-right.” The resolution should have been immediately adopted. It was not.

A contingent of predominantly white, old-guard members refused to take the resolution seriously, even while many black and progressive clergy members advocated its adoption. It was not until chaos ensued that a reworded resolution vowing to “decry every form of racism, including alt-right white supremacy, as antithetical to the Gospel of Jesus Christ” was adopted.

What’s more, while they hesitated to adopt a resolution that condemned white supremacy, they did not hesitate to throw out activists who tried to raise awareness about the ways in which the convention fails its L.G.B.T.Q. members.

For me, the damage had been done. I wasn’t at the meeting, but after I heard about what happened, it became clear to me that it was time to go. I don’t know why I stayed so long.

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Mon Jul 17, 2017, 01:01 PM

1. Excellent piece.

But sad.

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Mon Jul 17, 2017, 05:54 PM

2. Come on, Rev. Go the extra step.

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