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Is backlash over Southern Baptist leader’s critiques of Trump indicative of deeper divisions?

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US President Barack Obama (L) talks to Dr. Russell Moore, Southern Baptist Convention, Nashville, TN. YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images

President of the Southern Baptism Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission Russell Moore might lose his job because of backlash to his criticism of President Trump and religious leaders who supported his campaign.

According to the Washington Post, over 100 churches have threatened to cut funds from the Southern Baptist Convention’s umbrella fund. If Moore gets ousted, it could mean controversy for the already divided Protestant denomination.

What are the political, racial and ideological divisions within the SBC? Is the controversy over Russell Moore a symptom of a larger fracturing?


Sarah Pulliam Bailey, religion reporter for the Washington Post, who’s been following the story

Tom Krattenmaker, religion and public life writer and author of several books on religion, including "The Evangelicals You Don't Know: Introducing the Next Generation of Christians" (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2013)

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