This is another reason why I am pleased by the decline of the Southern Baptists:
“The National Association of Evangelicals, which represents more than 40 denominations, passed a resolution calling for a comprehensive immigration overhaul in 2009. The Southern Baptist Convention did so last year.
It called for “just, fair immigration reform,” said Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptists’ ethics commission, who also attended Tuesday’s news conference.
“It passed with at least an 80 percent vote,” he said, “and four of five Southern Baptists is about as good as you’re going to get on any given day on anything.”
The Southern Baptist Convention has denounced “racism,” embraced amnesty for illegal aliens, and has now elected Fred Luter Jr. as its first black president. It has also debated changing its own name to become less Southern and more universalistic because its primary mission is to evangelize non-Southerners.
The Southern Baptists have forgotten the cause of their own ascendance. Now they are poised to plunge into decline like the Methodists.
Note: In other news, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a statement on Obama’s DREAM Act executive order.