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story.lead_photo.caption Dr. Steve Gaines gives the president's address during the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Phoenix.

PHOENIX — Southern Baptists on Wednesday formally condemned the political movement known as the "alt-right," in a national meeting that was thrown into turmoil after leaders initially refused to take up the issue.

The denomination's annual convention in Phoenix voted to "decry every form of racism, including alt-right white supremacy as antithetical to the Gospel of Jesus Christ" and "denounce and repudiate white supremacy and every form of racial and ethnic hatred as a scheme of the devil."

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 U.S. presidential election, mixing racism, white nationalism and populism.

Barrett Duke, who leads the resolutions committee, had said the original document contained inflammatory and broad language "potentially implicating" conservatives who do not support the "alt-right" movement.

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. Duke said the committee members "share your abhorrence of racism" and were grateful for the chance to "speak on 'alt-right' racism in particular and all racism in general."

The resolution was adopted after a short but emotional discussion.

"We are saying that white supremacy and racist ideologies are dangerous because they oppress our brothers and sisters in Christ," said the Rev. Russell Moore, who leads the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the Southern Baptist public policy arm. "If we're a Jesus people, let's stand where Jesus stands."

Read Thursday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.


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  • RBear
    June 14, 2017 at 10:50 a.m.

    Thank goodness they are taking this up. It was stupid to reject it yesterday and tone-deaf to the issue.

  • arkateacher54
    June 14, 2017 at 10:57 a.m.

    While you're at it how about condemning the racist BLM crackpots and fools shooting police officers and congressmen and Islamic terrorists that behead Christians, the God-booing Democrats and ultra-left wing atheists that work to shut down every form of Christian expression? The LGBTQS (s is for sinners) who thumb their noses at God's word. Don't stop with this politically correct condemnation of crazy white folks, condemn hypocrisy, sin and hate on every front.

  • RBear
    June 14, 2017 at 11:49 a.m.

    arkateacher, take your meds. You're going off the deep end on this one. If you want to carry that line forward, condemn the hateful "Christians" who condemn others at the drop of a hat to look "righteous" before their fellow "Christians."

  • billeaton
    June 14, 2017 at 12:52 p.m.

    The alt left is the most intolerant of others and diverse opinions.

  • nrb
    June 14, 2017 at 1:08 p.m.

    Some one needs to denounce this. It is truly a very serious issue. It is not in my Bible. It is the epitome of evil.

  • mrcharles
    June 14, 2017 at 1:25 p.m.

    g-ds word, kill the children, dash their heads in, keep those who have not lay with men for [ fill in the blank], allow daughters to sin with their drunken father not once but twice, do not eat shrimp, and bubba says you can fix shrimp a thousand ways but you cant eat it, hope you are not a dwarf or injured in your private parts ark teacher as you cannot go into the house of the lord.

    how about those in the church of the holy Church of holy people, why do the different one true correct Christians deity system annually joust with each other and act so mean to each other . What about isreal not allowing the Christian missionaries unfettered access to save the souls of those jews with veils over their eyes, now that is very mean to not be able to save them from going to hell.

    I just cant see the floyd, not the barber but the pastor up there , not "up there:" in the sky but the once in NW arkansas that believes the homo sectuals are the work of the devil, or lesser imps.

    By the way arkteacher, which day was it that jesus was crucified ?