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Evangelical Christians Seem 'Freakish' to Most People, Says Southern Baptist Leader Russell Moore

Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore said on C-Span this morning that evangelical Christians need to understand that they likely seem “freakish” to the rest of the country.

Moore was responding to the recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions against Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act, notes (video below).

"I think [the ruling] said something to social conservatives," Moore said. "For a long time, social conservatives in America had kind of silent majority view of ourselves, and conservative evangelicals and conservative Roman Catholics had a moral majority view of ourselves as we somehow represents the mainstream of American culture, most people really agree with us, except for some elites somewhere."

Moore compared today's Christians to Christians of the early church, who were often murdered and even fed to the lions in ancient Rome.

“I think we need to start seeing the fact that we’re very similar to the way the Christian church was at the very beginning of its existence, a minority of people who are speaking to the larger culture in ways that are sometimes going to seem freakish to that larger culture,” Moore said.

He claimed the recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions were harmful because children need a mother and father. However, the issue of same-sex parents having children was legally decided sometime ago when gay people were allowed to adopt children or have kids via IVF.

“I don’t think the issue is whether or not an individual person or couple can be good parents,” Moore insisted. “The question is whether or not a child needs a mother and a father, and whether a mother and a father bring something distinctive to the task of parenting.”



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