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    volumes. They split from the Baptists in the North before the Civil War when the secessionist movement needed the support only scripture can give a political belief. I've thought for a long time that the leadership in today's SBC Convention want more than anything else to be more catholic than the Pope.

    My departure from the SBC was neither noted nor regretted by anyone but my mother. I stopped going to church when I was 17 at the height of  the Civil Rights movement. I'd been asking embarassing questions like, "Why can't black people attend our church?" and the local worthies of were openly hostile to my line of inquiry. Quite a few told me I was going to Hell, so I took their word for it and left. I'd read the Odyssey and knew that the way to Hell was long but the way back was longer still. So, I figured I'd just get started.

    I didn't have to hear very many sermons about how MLK was a Communist and participant in a Jewish conspiracy to overrun the govt before I decided that crazy was catching and I better quit before I caught it. This was before  Billy Graham, Falwell and them decided they liked the idea of patriarchy so much they'd take my radically simple, wonderful religion and turn it into the adjunct of the Republican Party. Great thinking, guys!

    Now I hear that the SBC is considering rebranding itself so as to escape its old white male dominated reputation. Seems like membership is decreasing now, because young people don't buy the program. Well, good luck with that, you old white men. Phui. Whaddaya

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