BIRMINGHAM (TAB) — Southern Baptists are not building mosques in the United States despite what an article posted in May on a satirical website suggests.
The article “Southern Baptist Convention Launches Mosque Building Program to Promote ‘Religious Liberty’ And ‘Niceness’” was published in May on “The End Times,” a news satire and parody website. Accompanied by a picture of Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) president Russell Moore against a backdrop of a mosque under construction, the article lays out a plan for Southern Baptists to build mosques in order to foster religious tolerance.
The article is not true.
However, because it looks and reads like a news story, the article has been widely shared on Facebook and other social media sites. Keith Hinson, associate for public relations and Christian ethics for the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions (SBOM), said his office and several associational offices have fielded calls since early June from Alabama Baptists distressed over the article.
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