Gay Activists Admit to Online Hoax Targeting Southern Baptist Convention


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Published June 29, 2011|

A gay activist group has taken credit for an elaborate online hoax attacking the Southern Baptist Convention for its opposition to gay marriage, calling the nation’s largest Protestant denomination “irresponsible and un-Christian.”

A group calling itself the Center for Responsible Christian Living created a phony website, a fake telephone number along with a press release that was sent to members of the national media.

The Nashville-based, pro-gay activists said they wanted their attack to coincide with New York’s legalization of same-sex marriage and the 42nd anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, long believed to be a turning point in the history of the gay rights movement.

“The SBC’s intolerant and even hateful stance toward homosexuals directly leads to violence nationwide, and is in direct opposition to the Good News as demonstrated by Jesus Christ,” the group wrote in a press release. They called their attack a “friendly prank.”

However, executives with the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee were not amused and they are looking into possible legal action against the attackers.

“It is a concern whenever anybody does anything that is false and gives a false impression to the public about who we are,” said Roger Oldham, vice president for communication and convention relations for the SBC Executive Committee. 

The release falsely announced that the Southern Baptists had met in “extraordinary emergency session” to affirm gay rights and repent “of any past homophobia that not only hurt gay people but kept them ostracized from the church.”

The release included phony quotes and comments affirming homosexuality from real denominational leaders, including Southern Baptist Convention President Bryant Wright. SBC President Bryant Wright said he suspected the culprits were those in opposition to the denomination’s stance on homosexuality and same-sex marriage.

“We can’t apologize for teaching what Scripture says about sexual purity,” Wright said.

“That’s true for heterosexual sex or homosexual sex.” Wright denied charges from gay rights groups that the denomination’s opposition to homosexuality is hate speech. “When I preach on adultery, I’m sure there are people in the congregation that are involved in the sin of adultery, but I don’t hate them,” he said.

“I’m just teaching what the Bible says. When I talk to teenagers on premarital sex, I’m sure some of them are not abstaining, but I don’t hate them. I’m just sharing with them what God’s word says about sexual purity.”

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3 thoughts on “Gay Activists Admit to Online Hoax Targeting Southern Baptist Convention

  1. Just found this again. No more impressed with the ramblings of alinsky than when one of his disciple’s reads from a teleprompter.

  2. Hum… “the Center for Responsible Christian Living” engages in an elaborate lie. The name is an excellent example of a oxymoron. The conduct reflects allegiance to the principles of the patron saint of such groups… alinsky.

    • Yet shortly before his death in 1972, Alinksy said in an interview. “I’ve never joined any organization—not even the ones I’ve organized myself. I prize my own independence too much. And philosophically, I could never accept any rigid dogma or ideology, whether it’s Christianity or Marxism. One of the most important things in life is what Judge Learned Hand described as ‘that ever-gnawing inner doubt as to whether you’re right.’ If you don’t have that, if you think you’ve got an inside track to absolute truth, you become doctrinaire, humorless and intellectually constipated. The greatest crimes in history have been perpetrated by such religious and political and racial fanatics, from the persecutions of the Inquisition on down to Communist purges and Nazi genocide.”

      Another hummm?

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