I just saw a report on MSNBC.com about the Southern Baptist Convention’s internal deliberations about a possible name-change. The reporter suggests several negative associations in connection with the SBC. The last example that he cites is an egregious error on his part and needs to be corrected immediately. He writes:
“Just this month, a Southern Baptist church in Kentucky voted to ban interracial couples, a controversial decision the pastor later overturned.”
Here’s the correction. It was not an SBC church that banned interracial marriage; it was a Free Will Baptist Church. Not only is this story incorrect, but the story that it links to does not corroborate his claim.
In 1995, the Southern Baptist Convention denounced in no uncertain terms racism in all its forms and repented of the “racism of which we have been guilty.” Read the entire text of the SBC’s resolution on racial reconciliation here.
UPDATE: After I contacted the reporter, he acknowledged the error and has corrected the story. There is now a note in the middle of the story explaining the correction. I am grateful for the prompt response.