Thursday, June 14, 2007

Bush Speaks To Southern Baptist Convention Meeting

Yesterday, President George W. Bush spoke via satellite to the Southern Baptist Convention at its annual meeting in San Antonio (full text). He said: "I thank you for your Christian witness, I thank you for your defense of religious liberty, and I appreciate your many good works that make our nation a stronger and more hopeful place." His remarks covered a wide range of issues: judicial appointments, promoting "a culture of life", fighting AIDS and malaria in Africa, and the situation in Darfur. Reporting on the speech, the Baptist Standard said that Bush was given a standing ovation and sustained applause punctuated by whistles and cheers. The Baptist Press coverage of the talk includes a photo of the audience listening to the closed circuit broadcast.