Southern Baptists: Toward Integration

The Southern gentlemen who founded the Southern Baptist Convention with the defense of slavery as a key motivation would be shocked at the Baptists' Christian Life Commission. Battling the deeply segregationist feelings of millions of members of the nation's biggest Protestant denomination, the commission is inexorably turning Southern Baptist opinion toward the acceptance of Negroes as equals.

Last week 3,500 delegates of the North Carolina Baptist Convention condemned the Ku Klux Klan and its "perverted use of the Christian Cross." The week before, the Baptists of Virginia passed a resolution acknowledging "before God our partnership of guilt in the...

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