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June 10, 2013

A decade on, Southern Baptists adapt to new role

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. —

Recently, some Southern Baptists thought their worst fears were realized when military chaplains trying to access the Southern Baptist website came across a warning that it was unavailable due to “hostile content.” As it turned out, that referred to malicious software, not the ideological content.

“I think the reason why these incidents were taken seriously is because there are so many threats to religious liberty in the U.S. military right now,” Moore said.

He cited a recent statement from the Department of Defense that troops and chaplains are free to engage in evangelism, but not proselytizing, a distinction Moore called “artificial and confusing.”

“We need a clear definition (of proselytizing) that protects free-speech and free-expression rights,” Moore said.

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