In annual meeting do-over, Southern Baptists denounce 'alt-right' white supremacy

In annual meeting do-over, Southern Baptists denounce 'alt-right' white supremacy

McKissic said then: 'If Russell Moore can not give a candid evaluation of Donald Trump without being publically humiliated and without white churches withdrawing and threatening to withdraw funds, and the Southern Baptist Convention and a state affiliate, launching an investigation, I pity the Black SBC officeholder who would dare whisper a word of disagreement on a Trump statement or action'.

The Southern Baptist Convention voted to formally "denounce and repudiate" white nationalism and the alt-right movement at the church's annual meeting Wednesday, but only after the denomination's leadership was criticized for initially bypassing the proposal.

A vote on the updated proposal, with some changed language, is expected Wednesday afternoon. They refused to present the suggested resolution for a vote.

Race relations are an extremely sensitive issue within the Southern Baptist Convention.

The Arizona Republic reported that the almost 5,000-person convention on Tuesday was invited to vote on whether they wanted the resolution to be heard at a meeting later that day.

Charles Hedman of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, told ABC News that far-right groups had been passing out racist material outside the convention hall Tuesday night.

The resolution did not originally get approved by a committee while several others, including condemnations of gambling and Planned Parenthood, did. "If we're not careful that on some issues that we feel really strongly about we run the risk of sounding like we hate our enemies and as a result we end up violating another set of Biblical principles".

The event in Phoenix is the first Southern Baptist annual meeting since the US presidential election, which riled the denomination's leadership over whether Trump, a thrice-married casino and real estate mogul, was morally fit for office.

Just before the proposal was passed, one member asked Southern Baptist leaders whether a study of the "alt right and the alt left" could be done this year.

Few messengers had seen the actual resolution and many expressed confusions about what, exactly "the alt-right" was.

"I was aware of many who said they were going to leave, especially younger ones from all over the nation". The denomination was founded in 1845, when it split from other Baptists who opposed slavery. It called white nationalism a "toxic menace" to the country and called on the church to "reject the retrograde ideologies, xenophobic biases and racial bigotries of the so-called "Alt-Right" that seek to subvert our government, destabilize society, and infect our political system".

The original proposal exposed divisions among Southern Baptists, not least over Moore.

Dr. Russell Moore, president of the Baptists' Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, introduced the statement to the meeting explaining, "We are saying that white supremacy and racist ideologies are risky because they oppress our brothers and sisters in Christ". "Any "church" that can not denounce white supremacy without hesitancy and equivocation is a dead, Jesus denying assembly". "They recognize that white supremacy in this alt-right guise is unsafe and devilish and we need to say something", Moore said.

- A motion by Wiley Drake of First Southern Baptist Church in Buena Park, Calif., asking messengers to "spiritually support" the Family Research Council's prayer emphasis event on July 2 called "Call to Fall". In recent years the SBC has tried to distance itself from its racist to overcome its racist history.

"While the alt right term may be new, the idea is not", said Cornerstone's executive pastor Darrell Sneed. "It's resolution number 10", said Moore.

Russell Moore, the president of the SBC's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission whom McKissic has in the past defended from internal attacks over Moore's occasional criticism of Donald Trump, said: 'There were a lot of people who just weren't familiar with what the alt-right is.

"I don't think they anticipated how white people would get upset about this and demanded something be done".