We found the links to the two statements at SBC OUTPOST
In our federal government, it is illegal for elected officials to use their taxpayer-funded offices for political purposes. They can't campaign or endorse candidates for a very simple reason, taxes are meant to be used for the functions of government, and not to encourage or assist in the election of a candidate.
This principle has application for our convention.
Yesterday, Paige Patterson endorsed Ronnie Floyd over the Southwestern Website; clearly using his office and position for a political purpose. While our Cooperative Program dollars are not taxes they are given to do support the functions of the convention, not politics. As we see it, Dr. Patterson is using CP dollars when he endorsed a candidate for an SBC office, while using a method (a seminary Web site) that is supported by offerings of Southern Baptists who may not support the same candidate. You might say "no big deal," but we think it is. We think there ought to be a higher standard. Like the one set by Morris Chapman
"When I accepted the invitation of the SBC Executive Committee to become its chief executive officer, I agreed never to endorse or campaign for a candidate running for state and national political office. Some of the same reasons for making this pledge would apply to the election of state and national offices within a religious body. Why then should I publicly endorse or nominate a candidate for an elected office in the Southern Baptist Convention? Southern Baptists have well demonstrated godly wisdom through the years and the ability to sense the gentle nudge of God's Holy Spirit in their decisions. What more is needed?"
We think Chapman's example, not Patterson's, should be the rule for the SBC.
posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 5/13/2006 09:55:00 AM