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Southern Baptist official: Evangelicals are a ‘minority’ and seem ‘freakish’ to society

By David Edwards
Monday, July 8, 2013 9:30 EDT
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Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore speaks to C-SPAN
 
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Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore on Monday said that evangelicals needed to realize that they were the minority and may seem “freakish” to the rest of the country.

In an interview on C-SPAN, Moore said he was disappointed by recent Supreme Court decisions supporting same sex marriage “because there are good reason for the government to see marriage as being distinctively that union between a man and woman.”

“I think it says something to social conservatives,” he explained. “For a long time, social conservatives in America had kind of silent majority view of ourselves, and conservative evangelicals and conservative Roman Catholics had a moral majority view of ourselves as we somehow represents the mainstream of American culture, most people really agree with us, except for some elites somewhere.”

“That really isn’t the case,” Moore added. “I think we need to start seeing the fact that we’re very similar to the way the Christian church was at the very beginning of its existence, a minority of people who are speaking to the larger culture in ways that are sometimes going to seem freakish to that larger culture.”

The Baptist ethicist also elaborated on his assertion that the role of a mother and a father made marriage inappropriate for same sex couples.

“I don’t think the issue is whether or not an individual person or couple can be good parents,” Moore insisted. “The question is whether or not a child needs a mother and a father, and whether a mother and a father bring something distinctive to the task of parenting.”

Watch this video from C-SPAN, broadcast July 8, 2013.

 
David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
 
 
 
 
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