Monday, October 10, 2022
Southern Baptist Convention head says blind partisanship ‘destroys everything,’ criticizes Christian nationalism, Trump
Bart Barber, the newly elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention, is opposed to Christian nationalism, the leader of of America’s largest evangelical institution told Anderson Cooper in an interview that aired Sunday on “60 Minutes.” Barber was critical of the SBC’s handling of a years-long sexual abuse scandal and Donald Trump, and said blind partisanship “destroys everything.”
|Bart Barber (60 Minutes)|
About 60% of white evangelicals believe the 2020 presidential election was stolen, said Ryan Burge, a professor, pastor and data analyst on religion and politics. Barber, however, said he believes that President Joe Biden was legitimately elected. Prior to the 2016 election, Barber called Trump a “demonstrably evil man” and didn’t vote for him. Barber did vote for Trump in the 2020 election, noting that he was encouraged by the former president’s advocacy for sentencing reform and his consistent pro-life support. The pastor’s opinion of Trump turned negative again after the president incited a mob to storm the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.