Southern Baptist Convention Has Mixed Feelings About President Obama


Southern Baptist Convention leaders are proud of his election yet leery of President Barack Obama‘s policies.

Church leaders who convened at last week’s Southern Baptist Convention in Louisville, KY are proud of the election of Barack Obama as the nation’s first African-American president, but they are in strong opposition of his views on abortion and a number of other social issues.

Daniel Akin, president of the Southeastern Baptist Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, spoke on Obama’s historic election, but he tempered his praise by pointing out that Southern Baptists are in strong disagreement with many of the president’s policies and causes that he supports. The Southern Baptist Convention is against President Obama’s support of abortion rights, embryonic stem-cell research and the reduction of funding for abstinence education, amongst other things.

President Obama was not invited to speak at this year’s convention, as President George W. Bush has been in past years. However, this wasn’t a personal decision by the Southern Baptist against Obama but it was born out of their decision to stay out of politics.