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Thursday was a very good day – personally and for goodwill Baptists. It began at 1:13 a.m. with a confusing awareness that the hotel fire alarm was screeching, beeping, bleeping – however one would describe that sound. The alarm was a false one, one that continued for some 20 minutes and another 20 minutes ringing […] Read More

The Ten Commandments trump the Sermon on the Mount in Tennessee, the buckle on the Bible Belt, where repeated efforts have been made to post the Ten Commandments in public buildings without corresponding efforts to post the Sermon on the Mount. Most recently, Tennessee state Rep. Matthew Hill introduced a bill to have the Ten […] Read More

Whether one agrees or disagrees with the Sanford, Fla., police department’s handling of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, what moral good is advanced by a Southern Baptist Convention official accusing black leaders of being “race hustlers” and President Obama of pouring “gasoline on the racialist fires”? The answer, of course, is none. No moral […] Read More

Unless you are one of the three winners of the $656 million Mega Millions lottery, you lost your dream of being wealthy beyond imagination. You may be deeply disappointed that the lottery failed to deliver what you expected. If you are an informed advocate of public education, you have long since lost your hopes for […] Read More

New Millennium Church in Little Rock, Ark., called for an economic boycott of Orlando, Fla., after the killing of teenager Trayvon Martin. “We will not support or attend conferences in Orlando. We will not vacation in Orlando. And we urge all other persons and groups who believe in justice to do the same. Orlando, Sanford, […] Read More

Is Rush Limbaugh’s vulgarity worse than Bill Maher’s vulgarity – or vice versa? Well-known to most are the highly offensive words that Limbaugh used to discredit female Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke. She spoke about her school’s policy on contraception, arguing that birth control ought to be part of a health insurance policy at […] Read More

Before a delegation of some 60 Baptists metrecentlywithWhiteHouseofficials, White House officials apparently were unfamiliar with the term “goodwill Baptists.” Why should that be a surprise? Most Baptists are unfamiliar with the idea of “goodwill Baptists.” We are more familiar with our historic pattern of taking an anti-everything stance, especially those of us from the lineage […] Read More

No Baptist speaks for another Baptist, I said, at the conclusion of the three-hour dialoguesession between White House officials and a delegation of 60 goodwill Baptists. Then, speaking for myself, I told Paul Monteiro, associate director of the Office of Public Engagement, that I thought many goodwill Baptists were disappointed with the ongoing negative narrative […] Read More

Almost a quarter century after a Southern Baptist Convention agency board member called Martin Luther King Jr. a fraud and said apartheid was “beneficial,” the SBC may well elect its first African-American president: Fred Luter, pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans. So far, he is the only declared candidate. “It’s a very […] Read More

The left-leaning Center for American Progress posted a list of 10 things folk should know about religion that very well may influence the 2012 elections. First is that “all major religious groups favor a more equitable distribution of wealth.” A link to the PublicReligionResearchInstitute has a chart showing that 60 percent of Americans “say society […] Read More