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Al Gore Named ‘Baptist of the Year’

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By Adelle M. Banks
Religion News Service

Former Vice President Al Gore has been named “Baptist of the Year” by EthicsDaily.com, the Web site of the Baptist Center for Ethics.
“He has pressed for the global good with a compelling message about the danger of climate change and a clear call for moral responsibility, knitting together science and faith, reason and passion,” wrote Robert Parham, the center’s executive director, in an announcement of Gore’s selection.
“He has refused to be distracted by the character-assassins, the fear-mongers, the science-deniers and the merchants of short-term gain. He has remained faithful to his mission of protecting the earth and its inhabitants.”
The Baptist Center for Ethics, based in Nashville, Tenn., was founded in 1991 and is supported by moderate Baptist groups.
Parham noted that Gore’s fellow Baptists have not always supported the vice president’s efforts.
“Regrettably no Baptist has received less applause from Baptists than Gore, a shameful but not unexpected reality from a people snarled in religious fear, suspicious of science and stuck in the rut of spiritualized reading of the Bible,” Parham wrote.
The EthicsDaily.com honor comes two months after Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize with the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for their work on global warming.
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nnmns

posted December 28, 2007 at 4:58 pm


“Regrettably no Baptist has received less applause from Baptists than Gore, a shameful but not unexpected reality from a people snarled in religious fear, suspicious of science and stuck in the rut of spiritualized reading of the Bible,”
There’s a guy with some clarity of vision.
Gore is an excellent choice; he’s fighting the most important fight there is right now.



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Joey

posted December 28, 2007 at 5:24 pm


“Regrettably no Baptist has received less applause from Baptists than Gore, a shameful but not unexpected reality from a people snarled in religious fear, suspicious of science and stuck in the rut of spiritualized reading of the Bible,” Parham wrote.
Oh, no, don’t be shy. Tell us what you _really_ think. @@ The fact that he apparently hates Baptists kind of makes me wonder why he gets to be a judge here…
To be honest, this kind of annoys me, really. I’m not saying Al Gore does not deserve accolades; I’m not saying global warming isn’t an important issue; I’m not even saying that global warming isn’t an important religious issue. But does he really need to get _every prize in the universe_ for all this?
A year or two ago, B-net named “An Inconvenient Truth” the “most spiritual documentary” of the year. Now, I have to admit I never saw it, but from what I understand it was basically a scientific documentary, right? Nor have I ever heard Mr. Gore come at global warming from a religious perspective, though again feel free to correct me if I’m wrong on that issue. So why does he get the “Baptist of the Year” award? For that matter the Nobel _Peace_ Prize seems like a stretch to me, though I can see it, kind of.
Anyway. What I’m saying is, I don’t care if he gets every environmental prize in the world. I actually thought he should have gotten Time’s Person of the Year award. But make it related to what he actually is or does. He really does deserve _an_ award. But not _any_ award. Oy!
Okay, my rant is over. My prediction is that Gore will win Woman of the Year award very soon.
God bless.



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Henrietta22

posted December 28, 2007 at 7:21 pm


Joey, Al Gore was given an award from EthicsDaily.Com as “Baptist of the Year”. He wasn’t given the award by every Baptist in America….he deserves it. The other good thing here is there is a Moderate thinking part of the Baptist Denomination. Life is so good when you receive a surprise like this. Good for Moderate Baptists of America!



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pagansister

posted December 28, 2007 at 8:55 pm


Gore deserves the recognition of the religion I assume he belongs to. And the fact that it is a moderate Baptist branch is even better. Guess the other Baptists don’t feel he is important enough for recognition? Who knows?



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jestrfyl

posted January 2, 2008 at 12:33 am


The article does not say what Al thinks about this honor. It makes me wonder if they have read some of his other stuff. Well, he and Tipper were pushing hard for the censorship of the music industry a while ago. Maybe they remember that , and that is enough for them. It will make a nice plaque or framed document for his office.



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