Race, Faith, and Politics in the Southern Baptist Convention

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The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary–the oldest seminary in the Southern Baptist Convention, Louisville, Kentucky. (Joe Hendrickson / Shutterstock.com).

After the 2015 slaying of nine congregants at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina by a white supremacist who previously posed with a Confederate flag, the majority-white Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), one of the largest evangelical denominations in the US, passed a resolution the following year to stop members from displaying the flag. The statement entitled “On Sensitivity And Unity Regarding The Confederate Battle Flag” commended South Carolina leaders who, with the cooperation of the SBC ministry, supported the removal of the Confederate flag from in front of the state house.

The resolution goes on to challenge members of the SBC, “to discontinue the display of the Confederate battle flag as a sign of solidarity of the whole Body of Christ, including our African American brothers and sisters.”…

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