COLUMBIA, S.C. — Messengers to the 189th annual meeting of the South Carolina Baptist Convention Nov. 10-11 passed two anti-gay resolutions against a repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and the recent passage of LGBT-inclusive hate crimes legislation.
The first resolution said federal hate crimes legislation “could effectively kill the First Amendment freedom of speech by criminalizing any verbal opposition to homosexuals and/or their lifestyle.”
The Convention called upon its members to call their U.S. Senate and House members and ask them to repeal the new legislation, signed by President Obama at the end of October. It also reminded federal legislators “to
keep freedom of speech in our pulpits and the public square.”
The resolution also condemned anti-LGBT violence, asking all citizens “to avoid acts of hatred and violence toward lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgendered persons and treat our fellow citizens with the kind of civility we would prefer to receive ourselves,” and asked “all believers to love and show compassion toward lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgendered persons, sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, who is able to bring true freedom from error and to set free the captives of sin.”
The second resolution asked President Obama not to seek repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy passed by Congress in 1993.
Vote tallies were not readily available.