Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Bush talks to Southern Baptists, accidentally slaps them in the face
Bush gave his traditional video speech to the Southern Baptist Convention yesterday (here in Nashville this week, hence the smell) and took the chance to praise a Baptist church for doing great things for the community with government funds.
I am proud that we have now opened billions of dollars in grant money to competition that includes our faith-based charities. For example, my administration awarded College Park Baptist Church in Orlando, Florida $5.8 million to build 68 homes for low-income seniors.
As Bob Allen noted, writing in, College Park is a CBF church, not a Southern Baptist Convention member. So, College Park is aligned with a group that found the Southern Baptists to be extreme fundamentalists, and left them.
The Atlanta-based CBF split from the SBC in 1991 over differences including biblical inerrancy and the ordination of women. The convention views the 1,800-church body as a competitor and refuses to accept money that churches channel through it.

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