Resolution on religious liberty and faith-based initiatives

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Messengers passed this resolution this morning:

Whereas support for religious liberty through separation of church and state is an historic Baptist distinctive; and

Whereas government funding of churuch-based social ministries through the Faith-Based Initiatives program has in some cases resulted in direct government support of distinctively religious activities in violation of the principle of church-state separation; and

Whereas government funding of churches and their ministries leads to government control;

Be it therefore resolved that Texas Baptists renew our understanding of and commitment to religious liberty through separation of church and state; and

Be it further resolved that if churches participate in Faith-Based Initiatives, they be encouraged to do so through the creation of separation of separate 501(c)(3) organizations to receive government funding; and

Be it finally resolved that in all of our church ministries, we affirm constitutional protections for religious liberty and the autonomy of religious organizations.

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