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 EthicsDaily.com, 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.Oops.