REMARKS ON 'RELIGIOUS HATRED' ANGER SOUTHERN BAPTIST LEADERS-by Martha
W. Aldrich, AP (12/23/99)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Clinton administration spokesman has angered
leaders of the president's own religion by including the Southern Baptist
Convention among groups he says "perpetuate ancient religious hatred."
The remarks by White House spokesman Joe Lockhart came at a Dec. 16
briefing, where he was asked about the denomination's campaign to pray
for and share the gospel with Hindus, Jews and Muslims.
Lockhart said Clinton has said one of the coming century's greatest
challenges is "dealing with ethnic and religious hatred, and coming to
grips with the long-held resentments between religions."
Clinton has "been very clear in his opposition to whatever organization,
including the Southern Baptist, that perpetuate ancient religious hatred,"
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