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Southern Baptist Convention Condemns “Alt-Right” Movement

Debate also underscored ongoing tensions among Southern Baptists whether Donald Trump, a thrice-married casino and real estate mogul, was morally fit to be president.Tuesday night, Southern Baptist officials who oversaw the resolutions had refused to introduce a different repudiation of the “alt-right”, which emerged dramatically during the USA presidential election, mixing racism, white nationalism and populism.”Denounce and repudiate white supremacy and every form of racial and ethnic hatred as a scheme of the devil meant to bring suffering and division to our society”.”Acknowledge that we still must make progress in rooting out any remaining forms of intentional or unintentional racism in our midst”.SBC President Steve Gaines appears in a screen capture of a video from Bellevue Baptist Church.After influencing Southern Baptists to speak out on race-related matters two years in a row, McKissic said work on the issue is far from over.”Racism and white supremacy are not merely social issues”.Indeed, the Southern Baptist Convention was founded upon the notion that black slavery and white supremacy was integral to the Christian faith.The resolution was adopted after a short but emotional discussion.”I think we’re heading toward a trainwreck,”Akin warned him”.Damage Control: After a loud and embarrassing public outcry, the Southern Baptist Convention finally condemns white supremacy. “We’re always going to be called racists, as Southern Baptists”, he said.Since then, the association has passed more resolutions advocating racial equality, using scriptures from the Bible to support them.But Daniel Brady, 66, a lifelong Southern Baptist from Flagstaff, said he would examine the language more closely before deciding his vote.McKissic found himself begging many black pastors not to leave after Tuesday’s inaction, he told reporters.McKissic said Baptists “did some damage in the larger marketplace by being hesitant”.He said the denouncement needed to be made before it permanently affected the Southern Baptist movement.In bringing the resolution to messengers Wednesday, Resolutions Committee Chairman Barrett Duke apologized to the convention on behalf of the panel.Introducing the new statement Wednesday, Duke apologized “for the pain and confusion that we created”, but said the committee had been concerned about potentially giving the appearance of hating their enemies.”I saw people identifying themselves as Southern Baptist and members of the alt-right, so this is horrifying to me”. “We share those feelings …”The result: headlines such as “A Resolution Condemning White Supremacy Causes Chaos at the Southern Baptist Convention” or that the convention “went off the rails last night over white supremacy”. “If we had received a resolution that we believe could speak to those problematic ideologies in a way that would enable us to only speak to those who are associated with the alt-right, we would have been happy to take that up”.According to a story by AZCentral, William D McKissic, a black pastor from Arlington, TX submitted a proposal to the SBC’s Committee on Resolutions. He asked that the SBC “would go on record to abate darkness that’s invading our nation right now”. After McKissic challenged the committee’s decision, convention attendees voted on whether to instruct the panel to reconsider, which would require a two-thirds majority. In the evening session, a similar motion from the floor fell short again, gathering only 58 percent in a vote taken by marked ballot. “The alt-right isn’t just some sociological movement”.He said the resolutions committee’s main beef with the resolution was “a few key phrases that left a few things unclear”.”I’m grateful to God that now we are starting to send more and more missionaries back on the field, not pulling them off the field, but our [International Mission Board] is putting more and more missionaries back on the field”, Gaines said, as reported by The Christian Post.