Category: Bible Belt

A surreptitious nickname for the South, derived from its (often hypocritical) Christian zeal

Lazy Afternoon Reruns: “Southern Baptists Re-branded”

I couldn’t believe it— a few weeks ago, I was kind of half-heartedly watching NBC Nightly News when out of the blue, smack in the middle of the broadcast, Brian Williams reported a very brief, less-than-one-minute story that the Southern Baptist Convention – this is no lie – had elected its first ever black president! I had watch it again to make sure that I understood right. The short video clip showed New Orleans pastor Fred Luter wiping away tears as he made his way to the podium in his starched-collared shirt. Brian Williams made some comment to the effect that this new leader’s election was a landmark event for the Southern Baptists, and then he moved on.

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