SBC cheers Rice's speech on freedom

Envisions America's role in worldwide spread of justice
In an address received like a campaign stump speech, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice exhorted Southern Baptists at their annual meeting to support the United States in spreading freedom around the globe.

After a standing ovation upon being introduced—during which one man on the convention floor yelled, “You’ve got my vote!”—Rice touched briefly on her faith background as the daughter and granddaughter of Presbyterian ministers.

Rice, seen by some Republicans as a potential presidential nominee, thanked the Southern Baptist Convention for its social work and disaster-relief efforts.

Much of her remarks cast a missionary-like vision of the American role on the world stage—as a liberator and spreader of freedom and justice. “If America does not rally support for people everywhere who desire to worship in peace and freedom, then I ask you, who will?” she said, bringing the audience to its feet in her June 14 speech in Greensboro, North Carolina.


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