Southern Baptists address prisoners, trafficking

The Southern Baptist Convention tackled topics at its annual meeting this week that seemed to show a concern for a broadening array of social issues.

Rev. Fred Luter Jr. points upward after being re-elected as the Southern Baptist Convention's president during the 2013 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting at the George R. Brown Convention Center Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in Houston. Luter was the SBC's first black president. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Johnny Hanson)

HOUSTON (AP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention tackled topics at its annual meeting this week that seemed to show a concern for a broadening array of social issues. Those included human trafficking and the country's high rate of incarceration.

While a resolution expressing opposition to the Boy Scouts of America's new policy on gay Scouts was much anticipated, some other resolutions weren't. And even the Boy Scout resolution took a softer tone than many had expected. It didn't urge Southern Baptists to drop all ties with the Scouts.

This year's resolutions could reflect a growing ethnic diversity within the nation's largest Protestant denomination and new leadership in some key positions.

Last year, the convention elected an African-American president for the first time in its history. The Rev. Fred Luter was re-elected without opposition Tuesday.


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