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June 17, 1989 | JOHN DART, Times Religion Writer
"The War," as the Sugar Ray Leonard-Thomas Hearns fight Monday at Caesars Palace was advertised, ended in a draw. Operation Rescue activists locally drew attention to their anti-abortion cause with sit-in arrests this week, but they barely hampered the targeted clinics. Another no-decision fracas. About 20,000 Southern Baptists came here to renew their annual convention battle over whether the nation's largest Protestant denomination will continue to swing to the religious right.
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June 17, 1989 | JOHN DART, Times Religion Writer
"The War," as the Sugar Ray Leonard-Thomas Hearns fight Monday at Caesars Palace was advertised, ended in a draw. Operation Rescue activists locally drew attention to their anti-abortion cause with sit-in arrests this week, but they barely hampered the targeted clinics. Another no-decision fracas. About 20,000 Southern Baptists came here to renew their annual convention battle over whether the nation's largest Protestant denomination will continue to swing to the religious right.
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June 15, 1988
Southern Baptists, meeting in San Antonio, elected a fundamentalist president for the 10th consecutive year but by the narrowest margin during the 14.7-million-member denomination's swing to the right. The Rev. Jerry Vines, 50, co-pastor of the First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Fla., won 50.5% of the votes cast by 31,291 delegates to the annual meeting of the country's largest Protestant denomination. The moderate candidate, the Rev. Richard Jackson, 49, of Phoenix, received 48.3%.
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October 14, 1989 | From Associated Press
Daniel Vestal, the unsuccessful moderate candidate for president of the Southern Baptist Convention last June has said he is willing to try again next year. Vestal said he announced his intention to seek the presidency early "because it is my desire to be open, honest and transparent in all that I do. I do not want to be coy or cunning. I do not want to pretend I won't be a candidate when I will be."
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June 17, 2002 | From Associated Press
The new president of the Southern Baptist Convention, who defended a pastor's characterization of Islam founder Muhammad as a "demon-possessed pedophile," told his church congregation Sunday that the denomination isn't battling Islam. "Our enemy is Satan, not any other religion," the Rev. Jack Graham said. "Our issue in life is not Muhammad or any other religious leader, it's Jesus Christ."
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September 17, 1988 | Associated Press
Restraint tempered desperate words at a strategy session of Southern Baptist moderates about "where we go" in a denomination now run by fundamentalists. "We are Baptists in a denomination that has stopped being Baptist," said Kirby Godsey, president of Mercer University in Macon, Ga. The 900 moderate leaders of the coalition, the Southern Baptist Alliance, made no move at their meeting in Nashville, Tenn., last weekend to quit the 14.
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May 10, 2003 | From Associated Press
In an unusual public rebuke, leading evangelical Christians this week condemned derogatory statements about Islam by the Rev. Franklin Graham and other fellow religious conservatives. The evangelicals, at a meeting Wednesday, said the derisive comments endangered Christian missionaries in the Muslim world, strained already tense interfaith relations and fed the perception in the Mideast and beyond that the war on terrorism is a Christian crusade against Islam.
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June 18, 1988 | from Times Wire Services
A fundamentalist pastor was elected president of the Southern Baptists by only a 2% margin this week, but that narrow victory did not seem to slow the 10-year, ever-more-conservative trend of the large denomination. Only a day after the election of the Rev. Jerry Vines of Jacksonville, Fla., a resolution was passed to redefine a cherished Baptist doctrine by promoting the increased authority of pastors and restricting church members' rights in interpreting Scripture.
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June 14, 1989 | JOHN DART, Times Religion Writer
Fundamentalist Southern Baptists retained control of the nation's biggest Protestant denomination Tuesday with the reelection of the Rev. Jerry Vines of Jacksonville, Fla., as president. Vines won a second term as leader of the 14.8-million member denomination by defeating the Rev. Daniel Vestal, a suburban Atlanta pastor, in a two-man race. With 56.5% of the votes from the 19,007 valid ballots at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Vines' victory marked the 11th straight year an ultra-conservataive candidate has won. Fundamentalists have steadily taken control of seminary and mission agency boards.
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June 13, 2002 | From Times Wire Services
As Roman Catholic bishops gathered Wednesday to take up the issue of child abuse, the nation's largest Protestant denomination acknowledged "our own fallenness" and urged churches to discipline sex offenders. A nonbinding resolution adopted by 9,500 delegates at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting called on member churches to address sex offenses by ministers, counselors, chaplains, missionaries and others within their congregations.
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September 27, 2002 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A year after the Sept. 11 attacks, American Muslim leaders increasingly fear their community is being pushed to the margins of the American political system. "On the political scene, we are back to square one," said Hussam Ayloush of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "In general, there is a fear that associating too closely with Muslims could be a liability." Until the attacks, Muslims had been making steady gains in moving into the American mainstream.
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