Largest US Protestant Church Officially Condemns Planned Parenthood

At their annual convention this week, the largest Protestant denomination in the US officially condemned Planned Parenthood, calling for the organization to be criminally charged and cut off from federal funds. The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), which includes roughly 15 million Americans, adopted ten new resolutions at this year’s convention. The resolution titled “On Defunding and Investigating Planned Parenthood” was approved on Tuesday and released by the SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) on Wednesday. The following are just a few of the 13 points the resolution makes: WHEREAS, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its affiliates were responsible

Evangelicals: “Jerry Falwell Would Be Rolling Over in His Grave” Over Son’s Trump Endorsement

Major evangelical leaders have been quick to express dismay over Jerry Falwell Jr.’s green-lighting of Trump, none more so than John Stemberger, who helped lead the victory for Florida’s marriage amendment in 2008 (and is an occasional contributor to The Pulse): ‘The late Dr. Jerry Falwell Sr. would be rolling over in his grave if he knew the son who bore his name had endorsed the most immoral and ungodly man to ever run for President of the United States,’ Stemberger said in a statement provided to POLITICO. ‘It is one thing to allow the free exchange of ideas, even

Rubio and Russell Moore Team Up, Demand Obama Acknowledge Christian Genocide Too

Kudos to Sen. Marco Rubio for teaming up with Southern Baptist leading thinker Russell Moore to demand Pres. Obama acknowledge the Christian genocide taking place in the Middle East. Of course, it is not just Christians; other minority religions are being persecuted too. But the word is that the Obama White House is balking at including Christians in the designation of victims of genocide: “Reports suggest that the State Department is ready to designate the Islamic State’s terror against the Yazidis as genocide, which it clearly is, but they might not to do so for equally embattled Christian communities,” Rubio

Baptist Russell Moore: Evangelicals Must Oppose Trump

Yesterday, Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, went on CNN to say that Donald Trump’s attacks on the core American value of religious liberty must be opposed by evangelicals: JOHN BERMAN: And, Russell, you are an evangelical, and you disagree with a lot of the tenets of Islam, to say the least, yet, you say that evangelicals must support religious freedom for the Muslims and denounce Donald Trump. Explain. RUSSELL D. MOORE, PRESIDENT, SOUTHERN BAPTIST ETHICS & LIBERTY COMMISSION: Yes. Religious freedom is not just for us, but everyone. If you had told

Southern Baptists, Catholics, Lutherans Endorse FADA

Southern Baptist theologian Russell Moore joined the Catholic bishops and other religious leaders in endorsing the First Amendment Defense Act, which prevents the federal government from discriminating against those who believe marriage is the union of a husband and wife: “In our pluralistic and inclusive society this belief deserves protection, while ensuring that those who disagree are not denied any benefit or service under federal law to which they are entitled,” the letter said, adding FADA “does both.” Moore told Baptist News that FADA “is a common-sense law that provides necessary protection to millions of Americans who have sincere religious beliefs

Southern Baptist’s Russell Moore to Evangelicals: Trump Is Not Your Friend

In The New York Times this morning, the influential Baptist theologian Russell Moore calls on evangelicals to reconsider their support for Trump. There should be no religious test for office, he tells his fellow Baptists, but a careful scrutiny of character and positions. Trump’s view of women, he says, is that of a “Bronze Age warlord,” publicly boasting he gets to sleep with some of the “top women of the world” and discarding two wives. He also points out that Trump ridicules evangelicals, and has even urged that evangelical missionaries not be allowed to return to the U.S. for treatment

Russell Moore to GOP: God Talk Is No Longer Enough

The threats to Christian freedom and inclusion in this country are multiplying but the GOP has yet to rise to the defense, preferring to flee anything that offends the Human Rights Campaign’s powerful network. Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptists’ Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, lays down a new call to action: “In recent years candidates have assumed that they can win over evangelicals by learning Christian slogans, by masking political rallies as prayer meetings, and by basically producing a long-form new birth certificate to prove they’ve been born again. This sort of identity politics is a luxury of a past