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Southern Baptists Critique Big Oil, Oppose Gay Policies

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(RNS) Southern Baptists issued a veiled but sharp critique of the nation’s oil companies on Wednesday (June 16), saying “all industries are … accountable to higher standards than to profit alone.”
Members of the Southern Baptist Convention, meeting in Orlando, Fla., said the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was a timely reminder that `our God-given dominion over the creation is not unlimited, as though we were gods and not creatures.”
The resolution, passed as the two-day assembly concluded, urged churches to pray for an end to the catastrophe and asked businesses and governments to work together to prevent future accidents.
The nonbinding statement comes as various religious groups are struggling to determine how best to respond to the spill and those whose livelihoods hang in the balance.
“We call on Southern Baptists to be ready to assist the communities and churches of the Gulf Coast through the clean-up process with the same generosity of spirit that Southern Baptists exhibited after Hurricane Katrina of 2005,” it reads.
Baptists also adopted statements stemming from their opposition to homosexuality, opposing the proposed Employment Non-Discrimination Act and plans to allow openly gay members to serve in the military.
While proposed language for ENDA — which would protect gays and lesbians from workplace discrimination — contains an exemption permitting churches to not hire gay staff, the statement said the bill does not similarly exempt religious bookstores and other ministries.
Repeal of the Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell military policy will “restrict or redefine the gospel message” of Southern Baptist and other chaplains and could endanger national security, they said.
“No government should implement standards or policies regulating the lives of military personnel based on nothing other than indulging sexual desires,” the resolution reads.
Baptists also adopted a statement about the “scandal of Southern Baptist divorce,” urging churches to emphasize in wedding services that vows are a sign of a lifelong covenant rather than a mere token of romance.
“… (A) denomination seeking God’s blessing in revival and reformation ought to address the spiritual wreckage left in our Southern Baptist churches by our own divorce rates and our silence about the same,” they declared.
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  • Gwyddion9

    “Repeal of the Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell military policy will “restrict or redefine the gospel message” of Southern Baptist and other chaplains and could endanger national security, they said.”
    Exactly how did they come to this conclusion? The part of endangering national security is, imo, a joke as this groups and others are a threat to our society as they want the U.S., government and laws to reflect ‘their’ religious beliefs. I see them as a greater threat to the nation and especially to the Constitution itself!

  • pagansister

    The So. Baptists are critiquing big oil AND opposing anyhing that would give equal rights for homosexuals! Well, aren’t they “special?” (not really).
    I tend to agree with you, Gwyddion9, if they were to ever get their way (what’s the expression..”God forbid”?) it would be a disaster.

  • Mordred08

    Of course these people think gays are a threat to national security, Gwyddion9. They think homosexuality literally makes disasters happen. They think it caused 9/11. They think it caused Hurricane Katrina. They probably blame it when the power goes out. I have no idea why they’re not blaming it for the oil spill.
    “No government should implement standards or policies regulating the lives of military personnel based on nothing other than indulging sexual desires.”
    Translation: “The government should not allow the people to find out that those perverts are just as capable of being patriotic as us true God-fearing Americans. That makes it harder for us to use them as scapegoats, and Lord knows we have so few options left these days.”

  • Your Name

    So “Southern Baptists … Oppose Gay Policies”.
    This is “news” HOW exactly?
    That they said THIS, however, is very much BIG news and should have been included in the headline:
    “… (A) denomination seeking God’s blessing in revival and reformation ought to address the spiritual wreckage left in our Southern Baptist churches by our own divorce rates and our silence about the same,” they declared.”
    Finally recognizeing thatChrist’s opinions on divorce actually mean something – whoda thunk it.
    CAPTCHA: “him debugger”

  • Rick

    Really? Where are the editors? “Critique” is a noun, not a verb.

  • Tom

    “But whereas the Catholic Church has 252 active-duty chaplains, the Southern Baptist Convention has 448 — the most in the military. There are about 3,000 active-duty chaplains overall. Neither military officials nor Baptists could pinpoint why the Southern Baptist Convention has far more chaplains than other denominations.” The reason Southern Baptists have far more chaplains than Roman Catholics has to do with military recruitment and retention. Twenty years ago the Roman Catholic Church had around 750 active-duty chaplains. It is not the military, but the Roman Catholic Church, that is behind their failure to provide a proportional number of chaplains in keeping with the proportion of military personnel that are Roman Catholic. It was about 30 years ago that the Roman Catholic Church started accepting homosexual candidates when fewer and fewer heterosexuals were applying owing to the celibacy requirement. The fact that most Roman Catholic military chaplains today have a homosexual orientation, and the fact that half the U.S. Roman Catholic bishops have a homosexual orientation, explains: 1) Why fewer heterosexuals are applying for the priesthood; 2) Why many heterosexuals have left the priesthood; and 3) Why (according to the article) the Catholic Military Archdiocese said that they would not pull their chaplains if the DOD homosexual policy were changed. Consequently, the Southern Baptists can field far more active duty chaplains than Roman Catholics because most of their chaplains, like their ministers, are heterosexuals who constitute between 98 and 97 percent of the U.S. population.

  • Grumpy Old Person

    Rick,
    My Webster’s says that “critique” is BOTH a noun and a transitive verb.
    Your ‘world-view’ is just as narrow as the Baptists’. Get some learnin’.

  • cknuck

    Very interesting facts Tom

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