A Whiggish perspective on affairs of state and society
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Southern Baptist Convention breaks from racist past
This is a remarkable step. The Southern Baptist Convention, formed in 1845 as an explicitly pro-slavery denomination, is poised to elect the Rev. Fred Luter, Jr., an African American pastor, as its president.
"Given the history of the convention, this is absolutely stunning," said Michael O. Emerson, an expert on race and religion at Rice University.