(RNS) Southern Baptists are usually the first to defend religious freedom. But when it comes to Muslims, some want to draw a line.
Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, gives the entity’s report during the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention on June 15, 2016 in St. Louis. By Adam Covington, courtesy of Baptist Press
At their annual meeting in St. Louis, an Arkansas pastor said Baptists shouldn’t support the right of Muslims to build mosques, especially “when these people threaten our very way of existence as Christians and Americans.”
That suggestion was soundly rejected by Russell Moore, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, who pointed to the dangers of government dictating who should have religious freedom.