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Southern Baptists hear Pence tout Trump feats

By Francisca Jones

This article was published June 14, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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Vice President Mike Pence addresses the Southern Baptist Convention on Wednesday in Dallas in remarks that at times sounded like a campaign speech. “I’m a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order,” Pence told the gathering.

Vice President Mike Pence touted the achievements of President Donald Trump's administration and expressed solidarity with Southern Baptists on Wednesday in his address to the nearly 11,000 delegates gathered for the last day of the denomination's annual meeting.

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RBear says... June 14, 2018 at 4:37 a.m.

"Other delegates proposed the adoption of a new policy that would avoid speeches by politicians at future annual meetings." This just shows that Southern Baptists are constantly skirting the edges of tax exemption by engaging in these kind of interactions. Southern Baptists have drifted further and further away from a faith of compassion and service and more towards one that's focused on political activism and separatism.

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23cal says... June 14, 2018 at 6:18 a.m.

"Pence's appearance at the convention drew concern from some delegates who expressed worry about appearing too closely aligned with a political party, and from others who thought it might alienate minority members of the faith."
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One of the two main reasons that the Nones are the fastest growing religious demographic and churches are bleeding membership is the toxic and evil mingling of religion and right wing politics.
There was an article in the ADG just a day or two ago about the Southern Baptist membership decline. What you see here with Pence is an example of one of the reasons for that decline.
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RBear is right: if you want to be tax free, then be politics free.

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hurricane46 says... June 14, 2018 at 8:27 a.m.

500 days of action?, does that include the over 100 days of playing golf on the taxpayers dime?, what a crock.

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BirdDogsRock says... June 14, 2018 at 8:43 a.m.

I might not ever return to religion, but I most definitely would have less animosity toward religion if it would stay out of politics. Religion and politics should not mix.

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Delta123 says... June 14, 2018 at 9:25 a.m.

3 more names come to mind. Reverend Jesse Jackson, Reverend Al Sharpton, and Reverend Louis Farrakhan. Good on them for not mixing politics and religion.

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LRAttorneyCrime says... June 14, 2018 at 9:29 a.m.

Amen Brother/Sister Delta!

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BirdDogsRock says... June 14, 2018 at 10:08 a.m.

So, Delta and LRA, we are in complete agreement that religion and politics should not mix, ever, in any form or from any partisan perspective? Or are you just against it when the mixing is done by the left? Just seeking clarification.

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LRAttorneyCrime says... June 14, 2018 at 10:23 a.m.

Against religious leaders having influence over decisions in any form of politics. However, how is this possible, when half of the republicans are baptist preachers (exaggeration) and half the democrats have Sharpton and Jackson in their back pockets (exaggeration). With exaggerations they still have too much influence. I am against laws that legislate ONLY morality or protect us from ourself (examples, war on drugs is morality (republican dumb issue) ObamaCare protects us from ourself (democrat issue). As well as the law requiring use of seatbelts (which I do because it's smart not because of the law (well maybe a little bit the law but I did before it was law) while people on motorcycles ride around without a helmet. There is no common sense in how we enforce laws, there is always something "good" behind the laws (e.g., The Ricoh Act -- passed to get heads of mafia organizations ordering others killed, now the government uses it to prosecute doctors when they have a biller/office manager that does something illegal. The only reason the prosecutors use it to go after the doctors is because the doctor, normally, has money. I represented a doctor that his office manager filed fraud claims, then embezzled the money. We proved that the doctor never received a dime of the money, or even knew it had come in, but still guilty of "deliberate ignorance"). JUST PLAIN RIGHT DUMB...as my great-grandfather used to say.

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23cal says... June 14, 2018 at 10:26 a.m.

Ah, a little whataboutism.
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I despise Sharpton, Farrakhan, and Jackson. I'm against either side mingling religion and politics, although as a general rule it is the right wing which pushes legislation to tear down the wall of separation. See: Johnson Amendment for a current example. See vouchers for religious schools as another current example.
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I'm with BirdDogs........"So, Delta and LRA, we are in complete agreement that religion and politics should not mix, ever, in any form or from any partisan perspective? Or are you just against it when the mixing is done by the left? Just seeking clarification."
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Well?

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notbot says... June 14, 2018 at 10:36 a.m.

RUTH GRAHAM, another writer, begins her critique of this meeting saying the reception by Southern Baptists was very cool regarding Pence. It interviewed more people and she was willing to express their discontent, protest, and well spoken unease due to Trump’s ethic and moral problems in her long article.

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