The Southern Baptist Convention’s 2017 meeting is underway during a time of crisis and division for the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. Much of the division centers on politics – and at the center of the firestorm is Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC). Moore spent last year waging a long and bitter war against President Donald Trump and his supporters, including penning frequent attacks on

the then-candidate in the pages of leftist media outlets like the New York Times. He also condemned Trump’s immigration policies after the president’s election. Even before the rise of Trump, Moore had also been pushing the denomination to support amnesty for illegal aliens, skepticism of Israel and other stands with which most American conservatives would disagree. During last year’s meeting, the Southern Baptist Convention even took time to denounce the display of the Confederate battle flag.  READ MORE