The week's news at a glance.
The Southern Baptist Convention this week voted to quit a worldwide alliance of Baptist churches, saying the global association had become too liberal and anti-American. Church leaders said that the Baptist Worldwide Alliance, a federation of 211 denominations, had turned its back on Southern Baptists by criticizing their leadership, promoting women preachers, welcoming gay-friendly congregations, and questioning literal interpretation of the Bible. Southern Baptists, the largest American Protestant denomination, with 16 million members, had been supplying around $300,000 of the alliances $1.7 million annual operating budget. Our concern is not financial, said the Rev. Denton Lotz, general secretary of the alliance. Our concern is schism and division. Christians need to be a united voice.