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Bailey Smith

On Aug. 22, 1980, then Southern Baptist Convention President Bailey Smith offered an off-the-cuff remark that many believe harmed interfaith relations between Jews and Southern Baptists. Speaking at the Religious Roundtable’s National Affairs Briefing in Dallas, Smith proclaimed that God did not hear the prayers of Jews.   “It’s interesting to me at great political […] Read More

On Aug. 7, 1980, the newly elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention, Bailey Smith, visited the White House to meet with President Jimmy Carter. During that meeting 30 years ago, Smith attacked Carter’s religious beliefs because of political differences.   Three decades later, Baptists continue to participate – both as accusers and as victims […] Read More