HOUSTON - The Southern Baptist Convention tackled topics at its annual meeting this week that seemed to show a concern for a broadening array of social issues.
Those included human trafficking and the country's high rate of incarceration. While a resolution expressing opposition to the Boy Scouts of America's new policy on gay Scouts was much anticipated, some other resolutions weren't.
Even though they oppose the Boy Scouts' decision to allow gay members, they are not forcing their member churches to cut ties with local scout groups.
And even the Boy Scout resolution took a softer tone than many had expected. It didn't urge Southern Baptists to drop all ties with the Scouts.
This year's resolutions could reflect a growing ethnic diversity within the nation's largest Protestant denomination and new leadership in some key positions.
Last year, the convention elected an African-American president for the first time in its history. The Rev. Fred Luter was re-elected without opposition Tuesday.
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