On The California Supreme Court Decision To Allow Same-Sex Marriage

WHEREAS, On May 15, 2008, the California Supreme Court struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage thus frustrating the will of the people who, on March 7, 2000, voted in favor (61.4%) of Proposition 22 which affirmed, “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California”; and

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On The Employment Non-Discrimination Act

WHEREAS, Southern Baptists historically have supported religious freedom and its related political ideal of a "free church in a free state," and affirm that the First Amendment statement on religion applies to the workplace in the sense that employers and employees should be free from governmental interference or coercion as they freely express matters of religious conviction; and

WHEREAS, Scripture speaks of the God-given rights of conscience and the freedom of dissent based on moral and religious principles (Daniel 1:3-17; Acts 4:5-20; 5:17-32); and

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On Homosexuality And The United States Military

WHEREAS, President Obama has promised repeatedly to repeal current law (10USC654) and to change policies that prevent normalizing the open presence of homosexuals in the armed forces; and

WHEREAS, The chairman of the joint chiefs of staff has told Congress that he favors normalizing the open presence of homosexuals in the military because he thinks it is morally “the right thing to do”; and

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Resolution On Child Abuse

WHEREAS, Children are our most valuable asset but cannot defend themselves from adults, and

WHEREAS, Each year in the United States almost one million children are maltreated by their parents and other adults, and

WHEREAS, More than 2,000 children die annually in circumstances attributable to abuse or neglect, and

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Resolution On Possession Of Child Pornography

WHEREAS, Southern Baptists have strongly opposed the pornography industry’s efforts to debase the morals of our nation; and

WHEREAS, The Supreme Court has recently ruled in Osborne v. Ohio (1990) that private possession of child pornography is not protected by the First Amendment and can be made illegal by the states; and

WHEREAS, The Osborne case strengthens earlier decisions of the Court which have held that production, distribution, and selling of child pornography is not protected by the First Amendment (New York v. Ferber, 1982); and

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Resolution On The American Psychological Association

WHEREAS, The American Psychological Association has recently published an article in its Psychological Bulletin (July 1998, Vol. 124, No. 1) implying that “adult-child sex” may not be harmful and my be positive for so-called “willing” children; and

WHREAS, The American Psychological Association, in order to clarify its position over against the authors of the study, has issued a public “Resolution Opposing Child Sexual Abuse;” and

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Resolution On Pornography, 1987

WHEREAS, The Southern Baptist Convention has spoken on numerous occasions about the harmful effects of pornography; and

WHEREAS, The pornography industry is a multi-billion dollar industry which contributes to many harmful effects in society; and

WHEREAS, New technologies have made possible obscene communications such as "Dial-a-Porn," a sexually-explicit telephone conversation conducted for commercial gain; and

WHEREAS, The primary users of such obscene communication appear to be America’s teenagers; and

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Resolution On Pornography, 1986

WHEREAS, The Southern Baptist Convention has frequently expressed alarm about the consequences of pornography upon the moral, family, and social life of our nation and the dramatic rise in the availability of pornography; and

WHEREAS, New applications of media technology have produced new opportunities for obscene communication through media such as "Dial-A-Porn", cable television and various obscene video cassettes; and

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Resolution On Pornography, 1985

WHEREAS, The messengers to the Southern Baptist Conventions in 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, and 1983 resolved their opposition to pornography in general and child pornography in particular; and

WHEREAS, There is an increasing availability of pornographic video tapes, pornographic cable television channels, and pornographic telephone messages; and

WHEREAS, These are particularly insidious forms of pornography because of their availability directly into the home, thus becoming accessible to children without parental awareness.

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Resolution On Pornography, 1983

WHEREAS, Pornography is a demeaning abuse of God’s good gift of sexuality, which abuse shamelessly exploits both males and females; and

WHEREAS, The undermining of morally responsible and loving sexual relationships leads inevitably to the breakdown of families and eventually contributes to the collapse of society as a whole; and

WHEREAS, The utterly immoral and grossly demeaning broadcasting of pornography on such cable television networks as the Playboy Channel is increasing;

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