The newest Southern Baptist battle does not pit liberals against conservatives nor Democrats against Republicans. Instead, it mostly pits theological conservatives against those who are ultraconservative in a struggle for powerful positions within a denomination of 14 million people….
Most of the voting on these issues, as well as the presidential election, will take place Tuesday.
The SBC, which hosted Vice President Mike Pence at its annual meeting in 2018, has always shared common ground with the GOP on issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage. But this coming convention could signal just how closely it wants to align itself to Republican priorities.
The share of White Southern Baptists who identified as Republican was once the same share as White United Methodists who identified as Republican from 1998 to about 2008. Ryan Burge, an assistant professor of political science at Eastern Illinois University, said around 2008, Southern Baptists began to shift. The share of White Southern Baptists who identify as Republicans went from about 50 percent in 2008 to about 71 percent in 2018, pulling much further to the right during Barack Obama’s presidency and into Trump’s tenure.