Alarm Over Anti-Muslim Comments at Southern Baptist Convention Meeting

June 12, 2002

Source: Anti-Defamation League

On June 12, 2002, The Anti-Defamation League issued a press release, "Baptist Leader's Remarks Offensive, Demeaning And Damaging." Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director issued a statement which noted that the recent comments attributed to Rev. Vines "'are offensive, demeaning, and damaging to the American ideals of religious diversity and intergroup civility. They strike a troubling note of discord at a time when Americans of all faiths are striving for unity based on shared values and mutual respect. Unfortunately, such deplorable, divisive rhetoric is not surprising coming from the leadership of the Southern Baptist Convention, which has a track record of denigrating and delegitimizing other religions.'"