President Obama signed into law June 22 legislation giving authority to the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco products for the first time.Apparently the SBC feels good about themselves.
The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and other advocates for the new law applauded the bill's enactment.So what does religious liberty have to do with applauding the removal of the Tobacco from the hands of American citizens? I wonder how many people will be saved by a duty that has nothing to do with the church.
Do we really need a Religious Liberty Commission? This may very well be a good example of the confusion of responsibilities between church and state. How can this not lead to politicizing the church?
ERLC President Richard Land served as one of the leaders of the religious coalition that backed the legislation for several years. Other organizations in the 25-member Faith United Against Tobacco included the United Methodist Church, American Baptist Churches USA, National Council of Churches, Seventh-day Adventists, Presbyterian Church (USA), Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and Islamic Society of North America.The SBC is able to work with the ABCUSA and other Liberal denominations? I guess maybe the political/religious Left and Right may actually be united over something?