Bush praises moderate church in SBC speech

Faith-based grant went to Cooperative Baptist church

Touting his desire to build a “more compassionate society,” President George W. Bush thanked Southern Baptists assembled for their annual meeting last month for being “soldiers in the army of compassion.” The president also highlighted, apparently inadvertently, a church that is now aligned with the moderate Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and no longer sends funds to the SBC.

Bush spoke June 21 to the Southern Baptist messengers (delegates) in Nashville by live video from the White House. It was the fourth consecutive year that Bush has addressed SBC messengers—all by live satellite except for a taped message in 2003.


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