Christians in Kentucky, Mississippi and other American states faced an unconstitutional attack on religious liberty, but the SBC’s chief lobbyist was strangely silent. Why?
The head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s religious liberty guardian—the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission—was silent as Democrats across America launched unconstitutional attacks on Christians during the Easter holiday week. Russell Moore, head of the ERLC and a former Democratic congressional staffer, published a pro-government essay on Saturday, even as a federal court declared unconstitutional Louisville’s attack on Christian worship.
What was Russell Moore doing? Dr. Tom Buck highlights Dr. Moore’s feckless response:
“Take note that the only group @drmoore chose to specifically single out were the ‘prosperity gospel’ movements? He did not mention ANY of the governmental ‘outliers’ who were attacking the religious freedoms of churches. It’s significant that he chose to only single out churches.”
Why is that?
Are we shocked that Russell Moore would favor Democrats over the Republican-leaning adherents of the Prosperity Gospel?
And it isn’t like the attacks on religious liberty weren’t getting attention. Denny Burk and Albert Mohler were condemning the actions even as Russell Moore praised government officials.
“On Holy Thursday, an American mayor criminalized the communal celebration of Easter. That sentence is one that this Court never expected to see outside the pages of a dystopian novel, or perhaps the pages of The Onion. But two days ago, citing the need for social distancing during the current pandemic, Louisville’s Mayor Greg Fischer ordered Christians not to attend Sunday services, even if they remained in their cars to worship – and even though it’s Easter. The Mayor’s decision is stunning. And it is, ‘beyond all reason,’ unconstitutional.”
Note: the federal judge is a Trump nominee for elevation to the federal circuit court of appeals. And this is a good place to remind you that Russell Moore refused to support and actively work to prevent Donald Trump’s election. His 2016 efforts were designed to suppress conservative Christian voter turnout. Fortunately, most everyone ignored Russell Moore and did the right thing.
So, why is he still drawing a paycheck from Southern Baptists?