Southern Baptists this week honored the historic election of President Obama, praising his dedication to his family, but they condemned his views and policies on a number of social issues.
A resolution, “On President Barack Hussein Obama” proposing to congratulate him for becoming the nation’s first black president, was adopted Wednesday morning by the 8,700 church representatives attending the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in Louisville, Ky.
It commends Obama for “his evident love for his family -. his commitment to our First Lady Michelle Obama and his determination to spend meaningful time with their two daughters, Malia and Sasha.”
It also commends Obama “for his decisions to retain many foreign policies that continue to keep our nation safe from further terrorist attacks." It urges him to retain a “strong military and national security defense measures."
But the resolution criticizes Obama’s decision to expand federal funding for “destructive human embryo research" and “pro-abortion groups and to reduce funding for abstinence education." It opposes Obama’s “determination to strip pro-life healthcare professionals of their conscience protections -. for refusing to participate in or facilitate abortions and other activities that violate their pro-life convictions."
Obama was not invited to speak to the convention, which asked George W. Bush to speak every year of his presidency.