Lovelace's apology comes after Morris Chapman, President of the Executive Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, issued a release disavowing Lovelace's statement.
Ethics Daily posted a story that recounted the long and sad history of incendiary statements by SBC leaders that preceeded Lovelace's actions. The article concludes with a comment from Robert Parham, Director of the Baptist Center for Ethics:
"Southern Baptist fundamentalists are flip-flopping about Islam. . . . They readily defended Jerry Vines' harmful remarks. Now, they are back flipping away from Creighton Lovelace's mean-spirited sign, attempting to sound civil and respectful."Longtime observers of the SBC may well wonder whether one of the denomination's megachurch pastors would have received the same treatment that Lovelace received from Morris Chapman. Still, the fact that any SBC denominational leader is showing even the least measure of sensitivity to the beliefs and opinions of Muslims is worthy of approbation.
"After two decades of hateful comments about Muslims, Jews, Catholics, moderate Baptists, mainline Protestants and Democrats . . . Southern Baptist leaders will find it impossible to convince the discerning public that they have left behind the hate that is synonymous with fundamentalism."