June 14, 2007
The Southern Baptist Convention's public policy chief says that if John Kerry had defeated President Bush in 2004, Hillary Clinton would now be the Supreme Court's chief justice and another liberal would have replaced Sandra Day O'Connor.
The Reverend Richard Land told Baptists at their annual meeting, "We would have been stuck with a six-to-three pro-abortion majority on the Supreme Court. Thank God we voted our values."
Southern Baptists approved a resolution on global warming Wednesday that questions the prevailing scientific belief that humans are largely to blame for the phenomenon and also warns that increased regulation of greenhouse gases will hurt the poor.
George W. Bush speaking to the convention via sattilite:
“I appreciate the fact that Southern Baptists understand the importance of fair-minded and impartial judges to our democracy. (Applause.) I was proud to nominate John Roberts and Sam Alito to the Supreme Court. (Applause.) And I will continue to nominate good judges who will interpret the law and not legislate from the bench.” (Applause.)
This is the same Southern Baptist Convention that voted June 20th, 1995 to adopt a resolution renouncing its racist roots and apologizing for its past defense of slavery. The racism resolution marked the denomination's first formal acknowledgment that racism played a role in its founding and that was just 12 years ago.
During its June 1998 convention the SBC amended the Baptist Faith and Message for the first time since 1963. Among the changes were two highly significant alterations concerning the position of women in ministry and in marriage.
The role of pastor is reserved for men and therefore ordination of women should not be allowed.
Article VI, The Church. While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture.
The family is now termed "his" (the husband's) family. The wife must "submit herself graciously" to the husband's leadership, and must "respect her husband and…serve as his helper…."