Religion: Tidings

> With more than 12 million members, the Southern Baptist Convention is the nation's largest Protestant denomination, but hardly its most egalitarian.

Last week in Dallas, the 18,150 delegates to the Southern Baptists' annual meeting overwhelmingly rejected increased power for women in the denomination's leadership. The key decision of the delegates was a defeat of a motion that would have required the denomination to include at least 20% women in its organizational makeup. Opponents of the measure cited the pitfalls of quotas, but this hardly seemed the issue when the delegates went even further, and voted to table a resolution that called...

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