Though I cannot find reference to the occasion, apparently Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are addressing a large group of Southern Baptists today. I ran into this story early in my morning reading today and I found it odd that the AP would carry such a thing. Candidates meet with constituent groups on a daily basis, But of course, this is a religious constituency so Americans must be warned that some candidates sidle up to that bunch. In a short, five paragraph “piece” (more news release really) was this gem:
Organizers said leading GOP and Democratic presidential candidates were invited in May to participate; only Bush and Rubio accepted.
How you read that depends on which side of the fence you are sitting on. If you are a hard leftie, you look at that and decide most candidates did not want to be associated with the “crazies” in the SBC. If you are a religious conservative you look at that and think, “Their religious cred is weak and they are there to buff it up.” Particularly when you consider that candidates whose identity is as a religious conservative, e.g. Mike Huckabee – himself a Baptist preacher, are not bothering to show up. Either way this seems a bit of a “gotcha.”
But then I ran into Emma Green’s profile of Russell Moore, head of the SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, in the Atlantic. And thus I sense an SBC election cycle roll out. Unfortunately I think Moore has misfired on this one. Continue Reading